Guided Visit to Goodnestone Park Gardens – 30th May 2017 at 12:30
Location: Goodnestone Park Gardens, Kent, CT3 1PL (www.goodnestoneparkgardens.co.uk)
Cost: £30.00 (including lunch)
Book online. There are currently 9 places available for this event.
"There is a beautifully kept 17th century walled garden, an 18th century landscape park, 20th century woodland, a Millennium parterre, and a brilliant new gravel garden." Ursula Buchan, Daily Telegraph.
As well as all these delights the gardens have some magnificent trees and the end of May should be a
splendid time for the roses, peonies and cornus. Our visit will start with a light lunch in the tea rooms.
An introduction to the gardens will be given by Francis Plumptre or Paul Bagshure, the head gardener
who will then accompany us for a guided tour.
Goodnestone Park garden
Visit to Canterbury Cathedral precinct gardens (am) – 13th June 2017 at 11:00
Location: Meet at the Cathedral precinct entrance just inside the gate.
Cost: £16.00 (for morning garden visit only)This event is fully booked, but you may register on the waiting list in case places become available.There is noone on the waiting list for this event at the moment.
We are privileged to have been offered a private guided tour of four of the Canonical Gardens within
the precincts of the cathedral . These gardens are only very rarely open to the public so this is an
opportunity not to be missed. We will see The Deanery Garden, especially famous for its roses; The
Archdeaconry, with its combination of traditional and modern planting; the gardens of No.15 (Canon
Treasurer), dominated by a copper beech and a large mixed perennial border; and No. 19 (Canon
Librarian) with its productive fruit trees, and a small courtyard garden. During the tour, Philip
Oostenbrink, the Head Gardener, will show pictures from the archives and library (including pictures
from Jerrard’s journal of the 1550s), and illustrate how the grounds have changed through the centuries.
Deanery Garden, Canterbury Cathdedral
All day visit to the gardens of the Olympic Park – 28th June 2017 at 10:30
Location: Meet at Stratford International Station at 10.30 (fast trains from Ashford and
Ebbsfleet); return from Stratford at about 3.30. Full details of train times and our
meeting place will be sent to participants nearer the time
Cost: £26.00 (for the tour and coffee - lunch and travel to Stratford extra)This event is fully booked, but you may register on the waiting list in case places become available.There is currently 1 person on the waiting list for this event.
Diana Kelsey, famous for her tours of London, will guide us on a fascinating circuit of the varied
gardens at Olympic Park. This is going to involve about three hours walking, interspersed with a few
‘sitting’ stops, coffee at the beginning, and lunch roughly in the middle. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic
Park is located just East of the River Lea, the area to which Victorian London’s ‘stink industries’ had
been banished leaving a legacy of disused railway shunting yards, filthy canals, derelict buildings and
highly contaminated soil. It is now one of Europe’s most imaginatively-planned parks. The north of the
park is a wilder wetland and river-scape, with an innovative water recycling plant. The south is more
formal with landscaping designed by James Corner Field and Piet Oudolf. Our walk will concentrate on
the landscaping and planting, but Diana will briefly point out the sporting venues and outline the longer
term plans for the park and the surrounding area.
Meadows in the Olympic Park
All day Visit to Winchelsea Gardens – 26th July 2017 at 10:30
Location: Meet at The Well House, Castle Street, Winchelsea, TN 36 4EL
Cost: £30.00 (to include the garden visits, cellar visits, coffee, tea and lunch)This event is fully booked, but you may register on the waiting list in case places become available.There are currently 2 people on the waiting list for this event.
Winchelsea is a gem - and a surprisingly little visited gem - in almost all respects: a well preserved 13th
century ‘new town’ built at the behest of Edward 1st after the sea started to reclaim ‘old’ Winchelsea; the
exquisite Church of St Thomas the Martyr; many fine historic sites and buildings, the ancient cellars
built to serve the medieval wine trade; as well as the more recent development of a collection of very
special gardens. We will be seeing five of these gardens, starting at The Well House where Alice
Kenyon – who has helped us organise this visit – will provide us with coffee and then a tour of her
garden. We will then visit King’s Leap and Cleveland Place, and - after lunch at The New Inn - Rye
View, and South Mariteau where members Robert and Sheila Holland will kindly give us tea. Each of
the garden owners will give us a brief talk about their garden. Also included will be a visit to two of the
The Well House garden, Winchelsea
All day visit to Squerryes Court and Titsey Place – 13th September 2017 at 10:30
Location: Meet at Squerryes Court Westerham Kent TN16 1SL
Cost: £40.00 (including wine at Squerryes and lunch at Titsey)
Book online. There are currently 6 places available for this event.
Squerryes Court (www.squerryes.co.uk) built for Sir Nicholas Crisp 1681-5), was bought in 1731 by
John Warde whose family still lives there. The archetypal late C17 Grade I red-brick manor house
nestles half-way down a slope on the greensand ridge, providing favourable growing conditions for
azaleas and rhododendrons. Part of the garden has been restored in the Anglo-Dutch style based on
remarkably surviving early-C18 plans. The Squerryes vineyard has recently won top national awards for
its sparkling wine.
Titsey Place (www.titsey.org) was bought by Sir John Gresham in 1534. It was inherited in 1801 by
Katherine Leveson-Gower whose great-great grandsons left Titsey to the Titsey Foundation and David
Innes, whose family live there now. The house, partly gothicised in 1831-56 and situated on the upper
greensand ridge, has magnificent views over the Darenth Valley to the South Downs. Its restored walled
kitchen garden is an evocative survivor of Victorian horticulture.
Squerryes - house and garden
Allington Castle, Blackthorn Trust and Boxley Abbey – 20th September 2017 at 10:00
Location: Allington Castle, Maidstone, ME16 0NB
Cost: £35.00 (including lunch)
Book online. There are currently 9 places available for this event.
Three interesting places in northern Maidstone. Our visit will start with a guided tour of the house and
garden at Allington Castle by Sir Robert Worcester and/or Nicholas Butler, the estate manager. We will
go on for lunch at the Blackthorn Trust where there will be an introduction to the work of the trust and
to its community garden. We then move on to Boxley Abbey where James Best-Shaw will give a short
talk about the history of the place and show us the superb mediaeval barn and the gardens.