Garden Visits 2020

For Members

Please note;

Due to Covid – 19 the visits planned to Upton Wold, Stroud and Naunton have been cancelled. Members booked on these have been informed.

Please be aware, that as the year unfolds, other visits may not happen. GGLT will keep members informed



Upton Wold

Saturday, 25 April 2020 at 2.30pm
Upton Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9TR

When Ian and Caroline Bond came to Upton Wold in 1973 there was no garden around the C17 house, just a piece of land with outstanding views. Initially with the help of landscape architects Hal Moggridge and the late Brenda Colvin, they have created a garden, whose design is ever evolving, full of rare and unusual plants. Amongst its many features is an arboretum holding a National Collection of walnuts (juglans) There is also a national Collection of wing nuts (pteryocarya), and a labyrinth designed by Hal Moggridge and completed in 2013.

Cost – £16.00 for talk and tour of the garden. No refreshments

Stroud Day
Sunday, 10th May 2020
11.00 am – Walking tour around Stroud Old Cemetery Lower Cemetery Lodge, 114 Bisley Road, Stroud GL5 1HG

Members and Guests – Cost – £6.50

In 1854 Stroud Burial Board purchased a 6 acre site on the edge of the town, overlooking the Golden Valley. Recent research by Jan Woudstra has revealed Robert Marnock to have designed the initial layout (c1855) and the extension (1867) to this cemetery. Marnock was this country’s leading landscape designer in the mid 19th century and mentor to other great names including William Robinson. At Stroud he created an elaborate garden with exotic trees and shrubs, forming a peaceful sanctuary for both people and wildlife. Our tour will be led by Angela Findlay, artist and resident of the Gate Lodge of the cemetery. The great and the good of Stroud are buried in the Victorian cemetery, but Angela’s tour is a form of counter-memorial in remembrance of the workhouse residents who were buried nameless in unmarked graves.

No refreshments – but many delightful cafes in Stroud.

– 2.00pm – Walking tour through Stratford Park
Stratford Park, Stratford Road, Stroud GL5 4AF

The mansion at Stratford Park evolved from a simple gabled clothier’s house in the late 18th century. In 1819 it was sold to Joseph Watts, owner of Stroud Brewery, and his grandson did much to create the fine park which now surrounds the mansion, now the Museum in the Park, the lake and Stroud Leisure Centre. Our walk will be led by park supervisor and entomologist, Mike McCrea, with a focus on the biodiversity and development work being carried out in Stratford Park today.

The Old Rectory, Naunton

The Old Rectory, Naunton, Cheltenham GL54 3AT

Friday, 12th June 2020 at 2.00pm

This contemporary garden of just over an acre, was designed by Dan Pearson 15 years ago and wraps around all four sides of the house. The Windrush River borders the garden and water plays a significant role in the design. GGLT members have visited before, but the past year has seen some changes to the planting to restore ‘balance’ to the beds where it had gradually been lost as the planting matured and major pruning of the garden’s signature buxus squares.

Cost – £8.00. Please note numbers for this visit are limited to 15. No refreshments

Kiftsgate Court Gardens

Wednesday, 17th June 2020 at 2.00pm

Kiftsgate Court, Mickleton, Chipping Campden, GL55 6LN

Anne Chambers, the current custodian of Kiftsgate Court, and Vanessa Berridge who has written an award-winning book about the garden and the 3 generations of women who have created it, will be speaking to GGLT members on Monday, 2 March as part of our 2019/20 lecture season. This visit is our opportunity to see the garden for ourselves, at the height of the rose season for which it is especially renowned. Whilst the reputation of this garden is established, it does not shy away from new development, some of which is strongly contemporary.

Cost – £10.00 for tour of garden. No refreshments have been booked, but there is a tea room on site, and many others in Chipping Campden and area.

Miserden Day
Friday, 10th July 2020, beginning at Sue Spielberg’s garden at 11.00am.

– light lunch at Miserden Nursery (12.15/1.15pm)
– visit to Miserden Garden, near Stroud GL6 7JA ,

– Sue Spielberg will be giving a talk to GGLT members on Monday, 6 April about the building of her eco-home and its surrounding garden, on a neglected half-acre plot on Whiteway Colony in the hills above Stroud. This visit will allow us to see the development of this new and innovative garden, which includes a large wildlife pond, a juvenile wildflower meadow, a large double border comprising mostly herbaceous perennials, a recently created cutting garden and a formally laid out vegetable area gardened without the use of chemicals wherever possible.

– Miserden Nursery and cafe is located in the period glasshouses of the Miserden Estate. Lunch will be in 2 sittings, giving the opportunity to explore the unusual plants on offer in the nursery, notably herbaceous perennials grown on site and regal and scented pelargoniums.

– We will be introduced to Miserden Garden by its owner and GGLT member, Major Tom Wills. With terraces overlooking the Golden Valley, the garden dates back to the 17th century when the Manor House was built, but it has topiary designed by Lutyens, and an octagonal summerhouse, sitting before an ornate fountain, built in 1999. It is a tranquil and idyllic place to explore on an English summer’s afternoon.

Cost – £25.00 to include – visit to Sue Spielberg and Richard Sales’s garden,
in the Whiteway’s Colony near Miserden

Croome Walled Garden

Wednesday, 12th August 2020 at 2.00pm

Entry through National Trust Visitor Centre at Croome Court, High Green, Worcestershire WR8 9DW

The Walled Gardens at Croome Court are privately owned, though open in partnership with the National Trust. Our guided tour will be held on a day when the Walled Gardens are not otherwise open to the public, and will be led by Chris Cronin, who, with his wife Karen, has been responsible for the restoration of the Walled Gardens since 2000.
The largest Georgian walled gardens in the country, the restoration project has so far brought the fig and melon houses and the vinery back to life, and seen the creation of a rose garden. 2020 will see the completion of the new tomato house, progress with the pineapple house, new art and sculptures and further advances with the Mediterranean Garden.
Members may wish to make a day of it by spending the morning exploring Croome Court and its Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown landscape garden – not included in our price above.

Cost – £15 to include tea and cake.

AGM and visit to Brockworth Court house and gardens
Wednesday, 19th August 2020 at 2.00pm

Brockworth Court, Court Road, Brockworth, Gloucestershire GL3 4QU

Our AGM this year will be held in Priors Court Barn at Brockworth Court. Following the meeting we will tour both the gardens and the period manor house, visited by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in 1535, which they surround. The design of the gardens is organic and naturalistic, with informal cottage-style planting areas forming an intense, informal tapestry. There is a natural fish pond, with a Monet bridge leading to a small island with a thatched Fiji house. The kitchen garden was once cultivated by monks when it belonged to a local priory.

Cost: £15 to include visit to house and garden and tea and cake

Please note; Free entry for the AGM meeting only..