Welcome to the 2017 Autumn/Winter programme
Once again we would like thank all of you who have supported the Friends’ Garden Visits Programme during this year; also the garden owners who have generously welcomed the Friends. We hope that these visits will tempt you to come along. We welcome your ideas for future gardens to visit so should you have any suggestions, please contact Harriet Bretherton: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Booking Tickets for Garden Visits: We are for the time being abandoning online ticketing for technical reasons. All bookings, until further notice, will therefore be by post. The tickets themselves will be sent by email if we are given an email address. Visits tend to get booked up quickly so to avoid disappointment please make your booking as soon as possible, via the Garden Visits booking form below. If you have any queries, contact Freya Jones email email@example.com or telephone 07472 365001.
Friday 9th February, 11.00am
Private visit to Colesbourne Park, Colesbourne, Nr Cirencester, Glos GL53 9NP
By kind permission of Sir Henry and Lady Elwes
The gardens at Colesbourne Park are renowned for their magnificent display of rare snowdrops. Started by Henry John Elwes FRS (1846-1922) with the outstanding Galanthus elwesii, the collection has been greatly enhanced and extended in recent years by great grandson Sir Henry Elwes and his wife, Carolyn, and is now considered to be one of the best in the whole country. The tour will include a short presentation on the history of Colesbourne Park and the Elwes family and a brief introduction to the amazing diversity of snowdrops. This is followed by a guided walk around the grounds, giving the opportunity to see both the massed plantings and the collection of rare snowdrops. Morning coffee and homemade cakes served on arrival. Snowdrops and other winter-flowering plants for sale.
Friends £20, guest £25
Thursday 15th February, 11.00am
Snowdrops at Evenley Wood Garden, Evenley Wood Garden, Brackley, Northants NN13 5SH
By kind permission of Mrs Whiteley
A return visit to Evenley Wood Garden to enjoy their snowdrops. The garden has over 80 different species, some of which are quite special and unique to the wood. These include the Evenley Double, the double Lady Elphinstone and Cedric’s Prolific snowdrop. They grow in vast swathes throughout the garden as this offers the best visual impact. We will be given a guided tour by the Head Gardener, Justin Litten. Refreshments included.
Friends £17, guest £22
Saturday 3rd March, 10.00am
Magdalen College, The John Goodyer Botanical Collection, High Street, Oxford OX1 4AU
By kind permission of The President
The Magdalen College Library has an extensive collection of botanical books including the entire library of the botanist, John Goodyer, which contains books printed between 1550 to 1665. Goodyer spent much of his life advancing botanical knowledge, recording plants, and searching for new medical uses for them. Liam Dolan, Sherardian Professor of Botany, will explain the importance of the books for botany and Daryl Green, College Librarian, will give an historical insight into the collection. Friends will be able to leaf through some of the earliest printed herbals. Refreshments included.
Friends £15, guest £20
Wednesday 28th March, 2.30pm
Private tour of Shotover House with daffodils, Shotover House, Wheatley, Oxon OX33 1QS
By kind permission of Alexander and Camilla Stanier
We are privileged to have a private tour of Shotover House preceded by an introductory talk from the owner, Sir Beville Stanier, or his son, Alexander. The house, constructed by 1718, was surrounded by formal gardens, pleasure grounds and a landscape park designed in the 1730s by William Kent. We will tour the gardens to see the wonderful drifts of daffodils, followed by tea in the house.
Friends £15, guest £20
Wednesday 4th April, 2.00pm
Private visit to Upper Green, Brill Road, Horton cum Studley, Oxon OX33 1BU
By kind permission of Mr Peter and Dr Susan Burge
A mature but informal ½-acre wild-life friendly garden on heavy Oxfordshire clay with views to the Chilterns. Dense planting in mixed borders with a wide range of herbaceous plants, shrub roses, ferns and grasses provide shape and colour throughout the year. The garden includes a small gravel garden, potager, bog garden, pond (great crested newts in residence) and rock bed. Alpine troughs are a recent introduction. In spring the garden is a carpet of colour with marsh marigolds, primroses, hellebores, euphorbias, snake’s head fritillaries, crocuses, tulips and naturalised daffodils under apple trees. Plant lists are available. Tea and cake served.
Friends £12, guest £17
Friday 20th April, 2.30pm
Private visit to the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Marston Road, Oxford OX3 0EE
By kind permission of The Director and Fellows of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies provides a meeting point between the Islamic and Western worlds of learning. Through good scholarship it promotes a more informed understanding of Islam - its culture and civilisation. We shall have a tour of the building; its design and form represents harmonious blending of traditional Oxford and Islamic styles. The Garden Master, Hugh Dickinson, will then take us around the garden which he and the Prince of Wales designed. Tea & cake included.
Friends £13, guest £18
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December
The Friends at the Christmas Fair
Please help us support the Garden by volunteering to be a welcome marshal for either Saturday or Sunday - we will be having 1.5 hour slots and there will be free refreshment to warm you up and free entry to the Fair itself. Support the Garden and the Friends this Christmas by being a part of a wonderful seasonal event.
Friends’ coffee mornings at the Garden.
The first Friday of every month (except January, and August) in the Garden’s Conservatory. The coffee morning for December will be Friday 8th December. No fee and no booking required, just turn up.
Insight tours at the Arboretum
Friends are very welcome to join these free tours on the first Wednesday of every month, which are a great opportunity for Arboretum staff to show off the latest developments, and for visitors to give their thoughts and opinions as well as to ask questions. 1.30pm to 3.00pm, no fee and no booking required, just turn up.