Gardens open in Buckinghamshire - Summer 2016
PUBLISHED: 16:26 26 July 2016 | UPDATED: 16:26 26 July 2016
Visit gardens, parks or a vineyard - perhaps stay for tea - find treats to take home or simply admire the sights, suggests Claire Pitcher
Turn End House & Gardens, Haddenham, Aylesbury
• 29 August 1.30pm to 6.30pm
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Turn End, Haddenham, the internationally acclaimed house and garden designed by architect Peter Aldington. To celebrate, Turn End Trust is hosting a special programme of events for 2016 including this House and Garden Open Day. Visit this award-winning family home, meet Peter and Margaret Aldington, who built it, and explore the enchanting series of walled gardens. Enjoy teas and homemade cakes.
Admission £15 (www.turnend.wordpress.com)
Turn End, Haddenham, Aylesbury HP17 8BG
Cedar House, Wendover
• By arrangement until September
Open as part of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS), this chalk garden in the Chiltern Hills has a steep sloping lawn leading to a natural swimming pond with aquatic plants. There are also wild flowers with native orchids and shaped borders holding a great variety of trees, shrubs and perennials.
Admission £3.50, children free. Contact Sarah Nicholson on 01296 622131
Cedar House, Bacombe Lane, Wendover HP22 6EQ
Close Cottage, Soulbury
• By arrangement until end of August
The three-acre garden at Close Cottage encompasses a formal terraced garden, orchard and paddock. The garden is open for the NGS and is laid to lawn and planted with a wide variety of shrubs, bulbs and perennials. The orchard includes an avenue of cherry trees, various fruit trees, a wild flower meadow, woodland area, vegetable beds and a cutting garden.
Admission £4.50, children free. Contact Rachel Belsham and Daniel Storey firstname.lastname@example.org
Close Cottage, Church Lane, Soulbury, Leighton Buzzard LU7 0BU
• By arrangement until end of August
Open as part of the NGS, this secluded quarter acre garden is designed to be enjoyed from many seating positions. Progress from semi formal to wild flower meadow and wildlife pond. There are deep borders with all season interest and gravel beds with exotic late summer and autumn planting.
Admission £3.50, children free. Contact Jean and Tony Young on 01296 622306
Homelands, Springs Lane, Ellesborough, Aylesbury HP17 0XD
Kingsbridge, Steeple Claydon
• By arrangement for groups of 8+
This stunning six-acre garden is the product of 26 years of dedication by the current owners. The main lawn is enclosed by herbaceous borders leading past clipped yews, a semicircle of pleached hornbeams and out across the ha-ha to countryside beyond. A natural stream containing bog plants meanders through the woodland garden. Open as part of the NGS.
Admission £5, children free. Contact Mr and Mrs T Aldous on 01296 730224
Kingsbridge, Steeple Claydon MK18 2EJ
North Down, Chalfont St Giles
• By arrangement until end August for groups 4+
A three-quarter acre garden, North Down has evolved over the years to have colour and interest all year round. Open as part of the NGS, explore the large grassed areas with island beds of mixed perennials, shrubs and some unusual plants.
Admission £3.50, children free. Call Merida Saunders on 01494 872928
North Down, Dodds Lane, Chalfont St Giles HP8 4EL
Peterley Corner Cottage, Great Missenden
• By arrangement until end August for groups 10+
A three-acre mature garden, including an acre of wild flower meadow. There are many specimen trees and mature roses plus a large herbaceous border runs alongside the formal lawns with other borders like heathers and shrubs.
Enquire about price when booking through Dawn Philipps on 01494 862198
The Plough, Terrick
• By arrangement until end September for groups 12+
This formal garden has open views to the Chiltern countryside. It’s designed as a series of outdoor rooms around a listed former 18th century inn, and you can take a look at the vegetable and fruit gardens, and a newly planted orchard. Delicious homemade teas and jams for sale made with fruits from the garden.
Admission £6, children free. Call John and Sue Stewart on 01296 612477
Chalkshire Road, Terrick, Aylesbury HP17 0TJ
Acer Corner, Wendover
• 15 and Sunday 16 October 2pm to 5pm
Thanks to the NGS, this is a chance to look around a garden designer’s garden with Japanese influence and a large collection of maples. The enclosed front garden is Japanese in style. The back garden is divided into three areas; patio area surrounded by roses; densely planted area with many acers and roses; and the corner, which includes a productive greenhouse and interesting planting.
Admission £2.50, children free
Acer Corner, 10 Manor Road, Wendover HP22 6HQ
Dropmore Vineyard, Burnham
• 20 August, various times
An opportunity to visit and have a tour of Dropmore Vineyard in Burnham as part of the Thames Valley Air Ambulance Open Gardens scheme. Situated between Burnham Beeches and the historic Dropmore House, Dropmore Vineyard is three acres of paddocks behind a 17th century farmhouse. Each tour lasts two hours and are strictly by appointment only. Tours are available at 10am, 12.30pm and 3pm. Places are priced at £15 and can be booked individually or as a group booking.
Call the TVAA Charity office on 0300 999 0135
Langley Park, Iver
• Open every day at 8.15am
A beautiful place to escape from it all, take the dog for a walk, go horse riding, cycling or just walking. Or relax with a picnic by the lake or under the trees and simply watch the world go by. There are two orienteering trails, monthly volunteer conservation days and walks and talks.
The estate represents a significant piece of the county’s countryside heritage. Discover ancient parkland with veteran trees providing a living link to the past; avenues, tree groups, lakes and buildings representing the pinnacle of 18th century landscape design; an awe inspiring arboretum and a fine collection of rhododendrons.
Langley Park, Billet Lane, Iver SL0 0LS
Danesfield House, Marlow
• 10 August 10.30pm to 4.30pm
The gardens at Danesfield were completed in 1901 by Robert Hudson, the Sunlight Soap magnate who built the house. In 2009 it was discovered that the gardens contained outstanding examples of pulhamite in both the formal gardens and the waterfall areas. There’s also 100-year old topiary and an Iron Age fort.
Admission £4, Children free. Open for charity
Danesfield House, Marlow SL7 2EY
Wind in the Willows, Higher Denham
• By arrangement until end September for groups of 10+
A three-acre, wildlife friendly, year round garden, comprising informal woodland and wild gardens, separated by streams lined by iris and primulas. There are over 350 shrubs and trees to see, as well as 65 species of bird and 13 species of butterfly. You might spot the endangered water vole (Water Rat in the book Wind in the Willows), frogs and toads.
Admission £5, children free. Call Ron James on 07740 177038
Moorhouse Farm Lane, Off Lower Road, Higher Denham UB9 5EN