8.45am: Coach departs Oxford Redbridge Park & Ride.
6.30pm: Approx arrival back at Park & Ride. Washroom on board.
By kind permission of Lamport Hall Preservation Trust (Lamport Hall) and Simon and Kathy Brown (Kathy Brown’s Garden)
Lamport Hall (not open) sits in ten acres of tranquil gardens, surrounded by parkland. Originally laid out in 1655 by Gilbert Clarke, some elements of the original garden layout can still be seen. A box parterre surrounds a central, shaped fountain and beside the parterre lies one of England’s earliest recorded rockeries, created in 1847. We will start our visit with morning coffee followed by a tour of the garden. Light lunch included, served after the tour.
The Manor House Garden (voted in the competition run by The English Garden magazine and NGS as the Nation’s Favourite Garden in the East of England) is 4.5 acres designed by Simon and Kathy Brown. They will give us a tour of colourful herbaceous borders, idiosyncratic containers, collections of succulents, a lovely wildflower meadow, cottage garden and a formal garden. Topiary is evident in a jury scene and a very long dragon guards the peony beds. Another specialism is edible flowers, used for added flavour in Kathy’s scrummy cakes and over 80 late-flowering clematis should be flowering. Other highlights are the naturalistic gardens with large expanses of grasses studded with vibrant echinaceas, verbenas and solidago. Some of these ‘prairie gardens’ are based on paintings by Monet, Hepworth and Hokusai. Elsewhere the garden draws inspiration from sculpture by Barnet Newman and paintings by Monet and Matisse.
Tea and cake included.
Friends £60, guests £65
For further information, please contact Freya Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07472 365 001.