Garden Visits

for members

VISIT TITLEDATE AND LOCATION
Practical Fruit Tree Pruning DayWednesday, 2 March 2016 – 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Barton House Orchard in Cirencester Park, GL7 2EE
Cost: £10, to include tea/coffee/cake/biscuits but bring your own packed lunch
Coach Trip to the Royal Academy of Arts’
Spring Exhibition – PAINTING THE MODERN
GARDEN: MONET TO MATISSE
Friday, 15th April 2016 – all day
Royal Academy, London
Cost: £40
WoodchesterPark –Lancelot “Capability” Brown
300th Anniversary Event
Saturday, 7 May 2016 – all day commencing 9.45 am
Woodchester Park, Nympsfield, Gloucestershire GL10 3TS
Cost – £20 to include lunch (this event is kindly sponsored by the National Trust)
Asthall Manor – Garden Tour and “On Form”
Biennial Sculpture Exhibition
Thursday, 16 June 2016 – 11.00 am
Asthall Manor, Asthall, Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4HW
Cost: £12.50 (guest £15.00)
The Coach House Garden, Ampney CrucisAGM at 6.00 pm and Garden Tour at 7.00 pm – Wednesday, 6 July 2016
The Coach House, Ampney Crucis, Cirencester GL7 5RY
Cost: £7.00 (guest £9.00)
Westwell ManorWednesday, 17 August 2016 – 2.00 pm
Westwell Manor, Westwell, Nr Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4JT
Cost: £16 (guest £18.50)
House Visit (CB300 visit)
at the time of going to press this visit is
still TO BE CONFIRMED
Saturday, 24 September 2016 – 2.00pm
Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire
Cost: £6.50 (guest £8.50)
Matara – Gardens of WellbeingWednesday, 12 October 2016 – 2.00 pm
Matara Gardens, Kingscote Park,Kingscote, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8YA
Cost: £7.50 (guest £10.00)

Practical Fruit Tree Pruning Day

Wednesday, 2 March 2016 – 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Barton House Orchard in Cirencester Park, GL7 2EE
Cost: £10, to include tea/coffee/cake/biscuits but bring your own packed lunch

This is organised by the Cotswold Tree Wardens who have kindly invited Gloucestershire Gardens & Landscape Trust members to participate in this annual event. The session is led by nurseryman Dave Kaspers of Day’s Cottage (www.dayscottage.co.uk), President of the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust.

For further details and to book a place contact Ann Jones of the Cotswold Tree Warden Scheme directly on .

Coach Trip to the Royal Academy of Arts’ Spring Exhibition – PAINTING THE MODERN GARDEN: MONET TO MATISSE

Friday, 15th April 2016 – all day
Royal Academy, London
Cost: £40 to include:

  • return coach travel to the Royal Academy, London, from Cheltenham Racecourse Park & Ride – depart 7.25 am, or Beeches Car Park, Cirencester, – depart 8.15 am.
  • Power Point Presentation about the exhibition at Royal Academy.
  • Entry to the exhibition itself*.
  • Departing to return to Cirencester/Cheltenham at 4.00 pm.

Using the work of Monet as a starting point, this landmark exhibition, which is sure to be a highlight of this spring’s arts scene, examines the role gardens played in the evolution of art from the early 1860s through to the 1920s.

*Please note, those of our members who are also Friends of the Royal Academy will receive their usual free entry to the exhibition itself (not the Power Point lecture), for themselves and their RA guest if any. Please indicate on booking form if this applies to you, and cost will be reduced accordingly.

Woodchester Park –Lancelot “Capability” Brown 300th Anniversary Event

Saturday, 7 May 2016 – all day commencing 9.45 am
Woodchester Park, Nympsfield, Gloucestershire GL10 3TS
Cost – £20 to include lunch (this event is kindly sponsored by the National Trust)

(This day is also open to members of the National Trust Cheltenham Group.

2016 sees the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot “Capability” Brown (“CB300”), arguably England’s best-known landscape gardener. To mark the occasion the GGLT, in conjunction with the National Trust at Woodchester Park, is organizing a special day to look at Brown’s work in general and in Gloucestershire in particular.

Speakers include Mark Lamey, the National Trust’s CB300 co-ordinator, GGLT committee member and editor Jane Bradney, who has undertaken much research on Springhill, a “Brown” property near Snowshill, and Woodchester Park’s ranger Max Dancer.

Brown is known to have visited Woodchester Park in 1782 and his foreman, John Spyers, produced a wonderful survey of the property, a life-size copy of which will be on display.

Having walked through part of the property in the morning, in the afternoon there is an opportunity to take a guided tour either of other parts of the park ,or of the Victorian Woodchester Mansion (please indicate on the booking form which of these two options you would prefer).

Asthall Manor – Garden Tour and “On Form” Biennial Sculpture Exhibition

Thursday, 16 June 2016 – 11.00 am
Asthall Manor, Asthall, Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4HW
Cost: £12.50 (guest £15.00)

Immortalized by Nancy Mitford as “Alconleigh” in “Love in a Cold Climate”, Asthall Manor is the quintessential Cotswold Manor House, set in its timeless romantic gardens. Yet these gardens were re-designed by Isabel & Julian Bannerman in 1998. Retaining some original elements, such as the borders filled with climbing roses next to the house, billowing cow parsley, roses, peonies and iris allow the garden to flow into the Windrush Valley landscape beyond. Described by Victoria Summerley in her recent publication “Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds” as a “living embodiment of the classic English garden”, the gardens are the enchanting backdrop to a biennial exhibition of stone sculpture of the highest calibre.

Our visit begins with an introductory talk and a chance to see the gardens before the public is admitted at 12.00. Refreshments are not included, but the Potting Shed Café will be available for teas, coffees and light lunches, and members are welcome to picnic in the adjacent field.

The Coach House Garden, Ampney Crucis

AGM at 6.00 pm and Garden Tour at 7.00 pm – Wednesday, 6 July 2016
The Coach House, Ampney Crucis, Cirencester GL7 5RY
Cost: £7.00 (guest £9.00)

GGLT member Mel Tanner is kindly hosting our AGM this year. Following the business of the meeting, wine and canapés will be served and Mel will introduce us to the garden she has created over the past 25 years, and from which she runs her business offering garden lecture days and specialist plant sales (see also www.thegenerousgardener.co.uk).

Although a little less than an acre and a half, the garden feels much larger, having been divided into a series of “rooms”, including an ornamental potager and cutting garden, a woodland area, and a green room with a pleached lime allee and goblet yews, contrasting with the newly created rill garden, where a golden border facing east and a red border facing west make the most of the movement of the sun.

Westwell Manor

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 – 2.00 pm
Westwell Manor, Westwell, Nr Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4JT
Cost: £16 (guest £18.50)

The 6 acre garden surrounding this Cotswold Manor House successfully combines the traditional with the unexpected, the romantic with the humorous. Burgeoning rose gardens contrast with lavender planted in diagonal stripes in the Breakfast Garden. Water is a frequent feature here, from the double rill, punctuated by old roof tiles of different shapes, giving different sounds as the water passes over them, to the black reflecting pool, in which a traditional rowing boat is serenely moored to a venetian pole.

Sadly Anthea Gibson who owned and designed this garden, died in 2010, but her sense of design and her sense of fun remain everywhere evident. Head Gardener, David Baldwin, who worked with her for 30 years, will introduce us to Westwell and lead our guided tour, after which we will be free to explore at our leisure.

NB The Gibson family use the proceeds from visits to Westwell to support the ASPIRE garden at Stanmore Orthopaedic Hospital, also designed by Mrs Gibson.

CB300 visit

at the time of going to press this visit is still TO BE CONFIRMED
Saturday, 24 September 2016 – 2.00pm
Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire
Cost: £6.50 (guest £8.50)

This visit follows on from the Capability Brown 300 event on 7 May 2016, when Jane Bradney will speak on Brown’s work in Gloucestershire and at Springhill in particular.

Matara – Gardens of Wellbeing

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 – 2.00 pm
Matara Gardens, Kingscote Park,Kingscote, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8YA
Cost: £7.50 (guest £10.00)

Aesthetically delightful and known locally as a choice wedding venue, there is a distinct philosophy and spiritual focus behind the development of these gardens. Traditional English and even some pagan elements blend with ease into Eastern-inspired gardens. We will be taken on a guided tour of the gardens, looking at the ethos behind their development, to be concluded with tea or coffee.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR BOOKING:

On the enclosed booking form, please indicate your order of preference for visits. It is hoped that this information will mean that more members get the visits they most want.

Do not send payment at this stage. The appropriate sum will be requested when you receive confirmation of your bookings in mid-March.

Members/guests – All requests from members, made by the deadline, will be satisfied before any allocations are made to guests. Members who have, in the past, regularly brought a particular guest may wish to consider taking membership for them/becoming joint members. (Friends can be joint members, but will only receive 1 newsletter between them.) For membership, contact Charles and Hilary More – crvmore@tiscali.co.uk, Tel: 01242 510077.

Deadline for applications – 4 March 2016. All applications received by this date will be treated equally, with places being allocated in order of preference stated, not in order of receipt as previously. Should any places remain for particular visits after allocation to members has been made, these will be made to guests if requested.

Late applications may be made after this date, but members should be aware that success will be much less likely.

Please return booking form by 4 March 2016 to:

  • , GGLT Visits, 7 Tannery Close, Leonard Stanley, Gloucestershire GL10 3PH.
  • Please do NOT send payment at this stage.
  • Any queries, please contact or telephone: 01453 822218 or if urgent mobile: 07785 598258.
  • Also, if you have any suggestions for FUTURE VISITS, ideally with a contact name, please let know.