Garden Visits 2019

For Members

Daffodil Way and Two Churches Walk

Saturday, 9 March 2019 at 12.00 noon
Kempley, Near Dymock, Gloucestershire GL18 2BU

Gaby Waldron will be leading this walk (approx 3 miles) around a portion of the Daffodil Way and including visits to two historic churches. The visit is timed in the hope of coinciding with the flowering of the native daffodils for which the area is famous. The two churches are St Mary’s whose interiors are decorated with wall paintings reputed to be the oldest frescoes in Northern Europe, and St Edwards, an Arts and Crafts gem, noted for its sculpted stone reliefs. The village of Dymock also gave its name to a group of ‘War Poets’ some of whom lived in the area and wrote about aspects of the landscape we will encounter.

Members and Guests – £2 payable on the day. Please bring a packed lunch

Stancombe Park

Wednesday, 8 May 2019 at 2.00pm
Near Stinchcombe, Dursley, Gloucestershire GL11 6AU

This is a garden of two parts. The upper part has been created from the parkland surrounding the late 18th century house. Its development, since the 1960s, is ongoing and includes large herbaceous “pattern” borders. The lower garden takes visitors on an allegorical journey, ultimately to a Doric Temple, described by Evelyn Waugh in Brideshead Revisited. Legend has it that its steep, tortuous paths prohibited the one-time owner’s stout wife from disturbing his liaisons in the folly.

Members – £9, Guests, if numbers permit – £12. No refreshments

Birtsmorton Court Gardens

Wednesday, 5th June 2019 at 2.00 pm
Birtsmorton, Near Malvern, Worcestershire WR13, 6JS

This 15th century house is surrounded by a rare double working moat. From a pool laid down to mark the consecration of the nave at Westminster Abbey in 1269, through 17th century and Victorian gardens, Birtsmorton’s gardens are still being developed by present owners, Nigel and Rosalie Dawes, to include a white garden and potager. Our visit will be led by Mrs Dawes and her one full-time gardener, and has been timed to coincide (hopefully) with the flowering of the peonies, which are a particular feature here.

Members – £14, Guests, if numbers permit – £17, to include guided tour, tea and cake

Sarsden House Gardens

Wednesday, 26 June 2019, at 2.00 pm
Sarsden House, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 6PP

We were very disappointed when this visit was cancelled last year. The owners, Mr and Mrs Tony Gallagher, have, however, come back to us offering this rare opportunity to see their Repton designed landscape. Humphry Repton produced the Red Book outlining his proposals for the park and pleasure grounds in 1796. A rusticated boathouse aping a classical temple still provides a focal point, surrounded by an estate that continued to develop under Repton’s son George. The gardens were restored and new areas, including a pool garden, white garden and rose garden, were designed by Christopher Masson towards the end of the 20th century. Mr and Mrs Gallagher have recently added the Chapel Garden.

Members – £9, Guests, if numbers permit – £12. No refreshments

Througham Court Gardens

Saturday, 6 July 2019 at 10.30am
Througham Court, Througham, Gloucestershire GL6 7HG

Members of GGLT have visited this garden before – and have been requesting a return visit ever since!
Througham Court is a Jacobean house, built around 1610, and situated on the side of a beautiful and remote valley* in the Cotswold AONB. The 6 acre gardens, which surround the house on three sides, are of two styles: a classic Arts and Crafts garden created in 1930 by the Cotswold architect, Norman Jewson, and more contemporary areas created by the present owner, Dr Christine Facer Hoffman, a scientist who has run her own landscape architecture business over the past 15 years. Her designs are inspired by her interest in scientific and medical theories/ideas and the numbers and patterns in nature, all presented as art forms.

*Please note that, due to the many steps and uneven paths, this garden is, sadly, not suitable for disabled or infirm visitors.

Members – £21, Guests, if numbers permit – £25, to include introductory talk, guided tour and coffee and biscuits in the garden room, overlooking the valley

Cirencester Abbey Grounds

Friday, 12th July 2019 at 6.00 pm
Parking at Dugdale Road, Cirencester GL7 2DA

Deborah McCarthy will be leading this visit, following her talk to GGLT about her research into the Cirencester Abbey Grounds last spring. This visit will be of particular interest to those with a link to Cirencester, and, importantly, keeps the spotlight on green spaces within the town which are generally under pressure.

Free event for members, and guests if numbers (limited to 15) permit

AGM and Visit to Aldacre House Gardens, Westonbirt

AGM at 12.00 noon, followed by visit, Saturday, 3rd August 2019

This year’s AGM will be held at Shipton Moyne Village Hall to enable us to visit the garden at Aldacre House thereafter.

What appears to be a beautiful Georgian Rectory stands at the centre of the working end of Robert Holford’s landscape at Westonbirt. In fact the house is only 4 years old and its owners, Mr and Mrs Cardale, have been careful to develop this young garden following the principles of William Robinson, with whose Gravetye Manor they have strong connections, and with management and design advice from John Sales, Margie Hoffnung and Sophie Piebenga, all figures well known to GGLT members.

The land encompasses what was once Holford’s “plantation” where young trees were raised for his famous arboretum, and one of his 2 vast walled gardens. The herbaceous borders surrounding the house, which should be bright with dahlias at the time of our visit, leave the eye free to gaze out upon the wider landscape.

Members – £8, to include light lunch in Village Hall

Perrycroft House and Gardens

Friday, 11 October 2019, at 2.00 pm
Perrycroft, Jubilee Drive, Upper Colwall, Nr Malvern, Herefordshire WR13 6DN

Perrycroft is an Arts and Crafts House designed by CFA Voysey and built in 1895. It was commissioned by John Wilson, a Midlands Industrialist and MP, and helped to establish Voysey’s reputation as an architect. Since 1999 Perrycroft has been the family home of Mark and Gillian Archer, who have restored the house and brought the gardens back to life. From their covering of brambles and saplings, John Wilson’s original paths, ponds and borders have re-emerged and new ones have been created. Both house and garden have stunning views towards the British Camp iron-age fort.

Members – £17, Guests, if numbers permit – £20, to include guided tours of both house and garden, with tea and cake


We are always grateful for suggestions for next year’s programme. If you have any suggestions, ideally with a contact name, please let Gaby Waldron know – email: