Welcome to the 2018 Spring/Summer 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 below. If you have any queries, contact Freya Jones email email@example.com or telephone 07472 365001.
Wednesday 28th March, 2.30pm
SOLD OUT - 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
SOLD OUT - 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
SOLD OUT - 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
Friday 4th May, 2.30pm
Private visit to Wormsley Estate Walled Garden, Stokenchurch, High Wycombe, Bucks HP14 3YE
This special visit to the Wormsley Estate Walled Garden opens our Friends' summer programme. Dating from the mid-1700s, the 2 acre garden was originally designed by Richard Woods, contemporary of Capability Brown. Neglected for the better part of a century, the gardens were brought back to life when Sir Paul and Lady Getty commissioned distinguished garden designer, Penelope Hobhouse, to redesign this beautiful space. Penelope divided the space into garden rooms, enabling visitors to move from 'room to room' exploring features such as the beautiful rose garden, croquet lawn, magnificent pergola and the 'Green Theatre'. Pimms and nibbles served at the end of the visit.
Sunday 13th May
Coach visit to view Exbury Garden's Rothschild Rhododendron Collection, Exbury, Southampton SO45 1AZ
Friday 8th June, 2.30pm
SOLD OUT - Private visit to Friar Park, Friar Park, Badgemore, Henley-on-Thames, RG9
Saturday 16th June, 11.00am or 2.30pm
Private visit to Moat Farm, Water Lane, Ford, Aylesbury HP17 8XD
Monday 25th June
Coach trip to visit Mottisfont followed by The Island, Mottisfont, Mottisfont Lane, Romsey, Hants SO51 0LP
Thursday 28th June
Private double visit to Ablington Manor followed by Awkward Hill Cottage Garden
Another first for our Friends, Awkward Hill Cottage is a garden in progress. The owner, Victoria Summerley, will welcome us with an introductory talk. Over the past six years, Victoria has created a garden which complements the surrounding countryside, offering year-round interest. A wildlife pond with waterfall is home to frogs and toads and pollinator-friendly plants dominate the borders; grasses add movement. The result is a garden full of vibrancy, shapes and texture. Drinks and nibbles included.
Tuesday 3rd July
Private visit to Upper Chalford Farm
Wednesday 11th July
SOLD OUT - Private double visit to Wadham College followed by Rhodes House
Friday 20th July, 2.00pm
Private visit to Chivel Farm, Heythrop, Oxfordshire OX7 5TR
Friday 27th July
SOLD OUT - Private double visit to Merton College Garden and The Old Library followed by the Merton Borders at the Botanic Garden
3.30 pm Merton Borders at the Botanic Garden
Tuesday May 1st, 5.00 – 7.00am
May Morning 2018 at Oxford Botanic Garden
A very special event only available to the Friends and their guests See the Garden in the early morning and hear the heavenly sound of the Magdalen choristers followed by peals of bells from Magdalen Tower to welcome in the Spring. With a complimentary hot drink and croissant, you can enjoy an event that is particular to Oxford in the peace and comfort of our beautiful Garden. Introduce your friends to this wonderful place on a very special day and be a part of a 500-year old tradition in our almost 400-year old garden.
Entry via the Rose Lane gate between 5.00-5.30am
Cry Havoc, Morris dancers perform 5.15-5.45am
Friends £12, Guests £16 and children 15 and under £5
Ticket includes a complimentary coffee, or hot chocolate or tea and a croissant with homemade jam
Extra croissants £1.50, warm bacon and cheese baguettes £2.50
Bubbly will be available from £3.50 a glass from a stall run by the Garden staff
Please fill in the order form below and send by post or book online here.
Sunday May 27th, 11.00am to 3.00pm
Plant Sale 2018 at Harcourt Arboretum
Arboretum gates open at 10.00am and close at 5.00pm<br style="box-sizing: border-box 11.00am - 3.00pm: plants for sale £2 per person over 15 Our biennial Plant Sale is the biggest event in the Friends’ calendar helping to raise money for the Garden and the Arboretum.
This is now our single largest fundraising event and in recent years has raised about £9,000 net each time. ALL our plants are donated from a variety of sources – the Botanic Garden, many generous Friends, College Head Gardeners (many who have been stalwart supporters), University Parks and some local nurseries. We sell almost every type of plant: hardy and tender perennials, vegetable and herb plants, shrubs, trees, grasses, ferns, indoor plants and annuals.
Entry £2 to plant sale area Tombola Friends’ Famous Tea Tent Pig Roast and other hot food
Scouts’ wheelbarrow valets
Lots of parking
Wednesday 27th June, 6.00 – 8.00pm
Friends’ Annual Summer Party
Every year we hold a summer party for the Friends, either at the Garden or at the Arboretum, to thank you for your continued support in raising money and awareness for both sites. We will be at the Garden again this year on the evening of Wednesday 27th June from 6.00 - 8.00pm.Take a stroll around the Garden in the early evening with a complimentary glass of bubbly and see the Merton and Herbaceous borders in all their early summer glory. Or take a tour with our specialist guides (whose subjects include: the Garden’s history, the Citrus collection, Literary trail, important trees in the Garden and much more). The tours offered will be advertised on the website before the party.
Wednesday 11th July 2018
The Friends’ Opera ‘Il Mondo della Luna’ by Joseph Haydn
Sung in English by New Chamber Opera with The Band of Instruments at New College Oxford
5.00pm Pre-performance talk by Prof Michael Burden, Director of New Chamber Opera
6.30pm Opera performance in the Warden’s Garden (open from 6.00pm)
Friends’ coffee mornings at the Garden.
The first Friday of every month (except January, and August) in the Garden’s Conservatory. 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.