Gardens open in Berkshire - Summer 2016

PUBLISHED: 16:18 26 July 2016 | UPDATED: 16:18 26 July 2016

Garden visitor’s delights: some offer teas to visitors

Garden visitor’s delights: some offer teas to visitors


Visit gardens, parks or a vineyard – perhaps stay for tea – find treats to take home or simply admire the sights, suggests Claire Pitcher

Jealotts Hill Community Landshare, Warfield

• 4 September, 2pm to 5pm

Open as part of the Open Gardens for the Red Cross. This inspirational and multi-purpose garden is used and enjoyed by the local community. Sharing skills and produce is at the heart of the project. Local groups and individuals grow fruit, vegetables and plants – and generally enhance the biodiversity. The gardens are a partnership between Bracknell Forest Homes, Bracknell Town Council, Warfield Parish Council and Syngenta.

Admission £3.50, children free.

Jealott’s Hill, Wellers Lane, Warfield, Bracknell RG42 6BQ;

Scotlands, Reading

• 11 September, 2pm to 5pm

These diverse gardens cover four-and-a-half acres and will be open as part of the British Red Cross Open Gardens. The same family has created them over 40 years. There are both formal and woodland walks with water features and a small lake – perfect for exploring. Formal lawns and a French parterre box clipped garden.

Admission £3.50, children free.

Scotlands, Warren Row, Reading RG10 8QP

Englefield House, Theale

• 21 August, 11am to 4pm

This 12-acre garden descends dramatically from the hill above the house through woodland down to the terraces with wide lawns, roses, mixed borders and topiary. The stone balustrades and staircases date back to 1860 and the origin of the garden all the way to 1600. The ivy house, the grotto and the pebble garden are the more recent additions. Owned by the Benyons, they are opening as part of the British Red Cross Open Gardens. There will be refreshments, teas and homemade cakes will be served in the Great Hall and there will also be plant and gift stalls.

Englefield, Reading RG7 5EN

Chandleford, Wokingham

• 7 August, 2pm to 5pm

This garden paradise of one third of an acre is open as part of the Thames Valley Air Ambulance Open Gardens (TVAA). There are mature garden features, tropical plants, bamboo and fern areas and extensive flower borders with giant gunnera and banana plants. An antique farm machinery feature sited beneath a magnificent eucalyptus tree leads to fruit trees and vegetable plots.

Admission is £4

Chandleford, Forest Road, Wokingham, RG40 5SA;

Rose Cottage, Henley-on-Thames

• 10 August, midday to 5pm

Open as part of the Thames Valley Air Ambulance Open Gardens is this lovely brick and flint walled organic garden. The patio area is full of interest including a new water feature leading to pond and wildlife area and roses.

Admission £4 for entrance to Woodlands House also

Rose Cottage, Wargrave Road, Henley-On-Thames, RG9 2LT

Woodlands House, Henley-on-Thames

An impressive estate with five acres of gardens set in beautiful parkland with a woodland walk and extensive views over the surrounding countryside. A lean-to greenhouse is set within the walled garden with boxed edged cutting garden and vegetable beds. Explore the lovely setting at your leisure.

Woodlands House, Wargrave Road, Henley-On-Thames, RG9 2LT

Wessex House, Swallowfield

• 14 August, 2pm to 5pm

A mature, half-acre garden with trees, shrubs and lots of roses. See the model railway, pond, large greenhouse and many beautiful planted containers.

Admission £4. Includes entry to Greenwings, Bloomfield and The Cart House. Money raised goes to the Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) as part of the TVAA Open Gardens.

Wessex House, Basingstoke Road, Swallowfield RG7 1PY

Greenwings, Swallowfield

• 14 August, 2pm to 5pm

A well-stocked flower arranger’s garden with different areas. Herbaceous borders, mature trees, gravel and prairie garden. Visit the formal and wildlife ponds. Take the opportunity to see the owner’s delightful orchid house.

Admission £4. Includes entry to Wessex House, Bloomfield and The Cart House

Greenwings, Spring Lane, Swallowfield RG7 1ST

Bloomfield, Mortimer

• 14 August, 2pm to 5pm

This is a wildlife friendly garden on a working farm, featuring a pond, insect hotel, dovecote, various bird boxes, feeders and perennial plants for low maintenance and a duck house. There is also some fruit and vegetables and various hanging baskets and pots filled with colour.

Admission £4. Includes entry to Greenwings, Wessex House and The Cart House

Bloomfield, Hatch Farm, Mortimer, RG7 3AD

The Cart House, Mortimer

• 14 August, 2pm to 5pm

Directly next door to Bloomfield Hatch Farm, a cottage garden with a pagoda covered in wisteria. There is a rose border, as well as lots of pots full of colour and various trees.

Admission £4. Includes entry to Greenwings, Bloomfield and Wessex House

The Cart House Bloomfield Hatch Lane, Mortimer RG7 3AD

Wellington College, Crowthorne

• 28 August, 2pm to 5pm

A unique chance to visit the quadrangles and gardens of Wellington College, not normally open to the public. Thanks to the TVAA Open Gardens scheme, you can stroll at leisure in the beautiful grounds or take part in a guided tour. Teas and cakes will be available in the cricket pavilion.

Admission £4

Wellington College, Crowthorne, RG45 7PU

Deepwood Stud Farm, near Maidenhead

• 1 August, 2pm to 5pm

Four acres of formal and informal gardens within a stud farm, so great roses! There’s a small lake with Monet-style bridge and three further water features. Spot the several neo-classical follies and statues and visit the walled garden with windows cut in to admire the views and horses. Finish the afternoon with a woodland walk.

Admission £4, Children free. Homemade teas on lawn or in conservatory. Open for charity

Deepwood Stud Farm, SL6 6QW

The Odney Club, Cookham

• 21 August, 2pm to 5pm

A rare opportunity to visit this John Lewis Partnership owned estate, centered on an Edwardian gentleman’s stately home. Opening its private grounds to TVAA for the afternoon, explore 120 acres of glorious parkland in a riverside setting below Cliveden. There are riverside walks, a beautiful water garden and large herbaceous borders all set among mature specimen trees.

Admission £4

The Odney Club, Cookham SL6 9QR

Old Waterfield, Ascot

• 7 September, 2pm to 5pm

Hosted by Hugh and Catherine Stevenson for the TVAA Open Gardens, this is a four-acre classic garden opposite Ascot Racecourse. A plant woman’s paradise, see the full borders of herbaceous plants grown from own propagation and seed collection. There’s also a large productive kitchen garden, displaying good practices of fruit and vegetable growing. There’s also a natural pond.

Admission £4

Old Waterfield, Winkfield Road, Ascot SL5 7LJ

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