07.30 dep. Upton Snodsbury
07.50 dep. Pershore
08.35 dep. Worcester, Barbourne
09.30 dep. Cheltenham
10.15 – 11.45 The Coach House, Ampney Crucis
13.30 – 16.30 Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey
17.00 arr. hotel
Owners Mel and Nicholas Tanner have developed this garden over the last 30 years. We will have a short introductory talk and refreshments here. The sheltered and enclosed garden of 1½ acres is divided into rooms using yew and box hedging, which include a gravel garden, scented rose garden, herbaceous borders and an ornamental potager. There is a ‘green room’ with a pleached lime allée, which leads into a rill garden planted with opposing gold and red borders. The house is surrounded by a York stone terrace and there are lawns and seating areas. Most of the garden is wheelchair accessible but the rose garden is only accessible by steps.
This is an iconic garden and arboretum. Sir Harold Hillier established the gardens in 1953 with the aim of bringing together the most unrivalled collection of trees, shrubs and hardy plants in the UK. In 1977 the Gardens were left under the sole trusteeship of Hampshire County Council who now run it as a Charitable Trust.
The gardens cover 180 acres so it is impossible to see it all on a short visit. Of special interest, however, is the Centenary Border, originally established in 1964 and renovated in 2010 to give more year-round interest. This is the longest double mixed border in the country and will have plenty to interest us in June. There are an acer glade, national collections of 14 trees and shrubs, a Himalayan walk, Hydrangea Valley and Hypericum Trail. Most of the garden is accessible by level paths.
There are facilities to buy lunch or eat a picnic. We have three hours here, but allow yourself time to visit the very large Plant Centre which is likely to be a highlight of the day!
08.30 dep. hotel
09.15 – 10.30 Terstan, Longstock
11.00 - 14.00 Longstock Park Water Garden (lunch included)
15.00 – 16.30 Bramdean House
17.30 arr. hotel
Terstan was recommended to us by the Hampshire HPS Committee and is the creation of artist and plantswoman, Penny Burnfield. Over a period of forty years this one acre plot has been transformed into a delightful garden featuring rare and unusual plants; there are a small woodland with shade loving plants and an open gravel area where sun loving, hardy perennials thrive. Refreshments will be included.
This beautiful water garden of around seven acres was originally created by the Beddington family in the early 1930s but is now owned and managed by Waitrose. The crystal clear waters of the river Test connect the two islands and woodland valleys of Longstock and Leckford. There is a vast array of aquatic and marginal plants, as well as over 100 trees and over 40 different waterlilies. There are good wide level paths alongside the lakes, and numerous seats. After our visit to the garden we will travel a short distance by coach to the nearby estate nursery and café where lunch is included.
Victoria Wakefield, an RHS floral judge, is the creator of this lovely garden situated behind a historic house in the village of Alresford. Extending to five acres, the star attraction is the absolute mirror image herbaceous borders. They are both overflowing and rampant, yet ordered, in a delightful way. The borders are a display of real plantsmanship combined with design flair. There is a large greenhouse containing many unusual and not necessarily hardy plants that Victoria has kindly agreed to open for us “as we are hardy planters”. A rare treat not generally enjoyed by visitors who come to the Yellow Book openings during the season. A more informal area leads off from the planted borders towards the village fields. Tea, coffee and cake are included and in the event of bad weather will be taken in the stables.
09.00 dep. hotel
09.30 arr. Sandhill Farm
11.00 dep. Sandhill
11.30 arr. Mottisfont Abbey
14.00 dep. Mottisfont
15.00 arr. Hambledon House
16.30 dep. Hambledon
17.50 arr. hotel
Andy McIndoe has over 40 years’ experience in retail and production horticulture, and is the holder of 25 Chelsea Gold Medals gained during his years working for Hillier Nurseries. He writes, blogs, lectures and contributes to radio, and in 2017 was awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal from the RHS.
Sandhill Farm is his private garden which he runs with his wife Ros, who is also a gardener. It consists of two acres set on the side of a wooded valley, and makes good use of the borrowed landscape. It is planted in a naturalistic style with lawns, shrubs and perennials. There are two ponds, one formal and one informal, and a gravel garden. Andy and Ros are particularly interested in shrubs, and in June it is hoped that the flowering dogwoods will be looking spectacular. There is a small sales area for plants and books. The garden is not wheelchair accessible, and there are some steep slopes, but there is plenty of seating.
We will have a garden tour, and coffee/tea with cakes and biscuits.
The original settlement dates from the 13th century when there was an Augustine priory on the site. The present house was largely built in the Georgian era, when the main framework of today’s landscape was also laid out with specimen trees, pleasure grounds and riverside walk.
Of most interest to us will be the walled rose garden, designed and built in 1972 and 1973 by Graham Stuart Thomas. This is a National Collection of pre- 1900 shrub roses, which should be at their peak in June, along with obelisks and arches covered in climbing and rambling roses. The herbaceous borders lining the paths of the walled garden are also a seasonal highlight. Colours range from soft blues, pinks and whites in the centre to stronger colours at the ends which draw your eye along the length of the border.
Near the house there is a double row of pollarded limes, together with a yew octagon. A new Kitchen Garden has been built alongside the Walled Garden – this was in progress when we visited in 2018 so it will be interesting to see the end result. There is a long path from the entrance up to the Rose Garden but a buggy service is available.
There are two café restaurants for buying your own lunch and refreshments, and a Plant Centre selling predominantly roses.
This private garden, which is open annually through the National Garden Scheme, is tended by its owners, David and Diana Hart-Dyke. Diana appeared with her daughter Miranda Hart, the comedian, in the Channel 4 programme ‘All Gardens Great and Small’, where her garden was featured along with other NGS properties.
Partly walled and extending to three acres the garden surrounds the house and is a delight for all plant lovers. Diana has many unusual plants, with large borders filled with a variety of unusual shrubs and perennials. Her plant combinations are imaginative and colourful. There are quiet places to admire the vista over neighbouring rooftops toward the church, an orchard where paths are mown through the long grass and a kitchen garden. This is definitely a private family garden which has evolved over time and is one which will make us all feel comfortably ‘at home’.
Tea, coffee and cake are included in our visit.
09.00 dep. hotel
10.00 – 11.15 Upton Grey Manor House
11.45 – 14.15 West Green House and Garden (lunch included)
15.45 – 16.30 Cotswold Water Park (refreshment break)
17.00 arr. Cheltenham
17.55 arr. Worcester, Whittington Road
18.35 arr. Pershore
18.55 arr. Upton Snodsbury
Rosamund Wallinger is the owner and head gardener of this private manor house in Upton Grey. She is keeping alive the very spirit of its original design created by Gertrude Jekyll in 1908 to 1909. This purports to be the most accurate and fully restored Gertrude Jekyll garden in the UK. Her original garden planting plans are still in existence and are on display for us to see.
This is a ‘flowery’ garden in all senses of the word, set against the beautiful backdrop of the 15th century house. Narrow pathways and steps lead down to the grass tennis court from where some of the best views of the garden can be appreciated. The overflowing beds and raised borders transport one back to a time when gardening was not about ‘low maintenance’ plants but about a life devoted to working in the garden every day to produce a little piece of paradise. Tea, coffee and cake are included in our visit.
This garden was created over twenty years by renowned Australian garden designer Marylyn Abbott. The garden is set around a manor house and extends to eight acres. Although it is now managed by the National Trust it still has the feel of a superior private garden.
Almost immediately on passing through the garden gates you enter a magnificent walled garden full of annual flowers and colourful vegetables alongside exuberantly planted perennial borders. Beyond the walls are the Lake and Paradise Water Garden. At the outer edges of the garden a path meanders through the modern Garden of Five Bridges and on to a woodland glade. A small selection of plants are available to purchase by the café. Lunch is included in our visit.