Open gardens in Berkshire - June 2017
PUBLISHED: 10:53 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:53 26 May 2017
From family home gardens open for the NGS to National Trust properties and the majestic Savill Garden at Windsor, this month offers a floral feast
Adam Ford, Head Gardener at Greys Court near Henley, says: “I’ve been looking after the gardens at Greys Court for two years now. Before that I was at Wimpole estate in Cambridgeshire, Tyntesfield in Bristol and Ightham Mote in Kent, so I’ve had many years’ experience of creating gardens that delight visitors. Gardens need structure, colour and scent to excite and uplift and also beautiful natural environments that allow people to relax and enjoy the peace.
“I speak for my own team at Greys Court but I know that all National Trust garden staff and volunteers are passionate about their work and are always happy to chat to visitors about gardening.”
Greys Court’s attractions include rambling roses climbing up the stonework of the mansion and winding around the bandstand in the garden. The Rosa Mundi hedge walk in the Walled Garden is also blushing with showy pink blooms in June. The Rose Garden ‘room’ in the series of walled gardens traces the history of the rose from early damask varieties to the modern hybrid perennials.
The peony border comes to life in summer with splashy blooms from purest white to dark, rich reds. For a wilder wander, the orchard is filled with ox eye daises and wild flowers surrounding the fruit trees. The kitchen garden comes into full production later in the year to supply the Cowshed tea room with fresh produce for its seasonal dishes.
The Oxford Sculptors group will hold an exhibition there from Saturday 3 to Sunday 25 June. Over 100 hand-made sculptures, all for sale, will be on display throughout the walled gardens and Cromwellian building.
OSG organiser John Penrose said: “This is the first time we have exhibited at Greys Court, which lends itself so well to sculpture. The beautiful gardens are like a series of outdoor rooms and will set off our artists’ work very well – and we hope in turn that our sculptures will add to the enjoyment of visitors.”
Lady Iliffe restored Basildon Park to life with her husband in the 1950s. She loved roses, and in her memory Basildon Park Gardener-in-Charge Tim Martin plants several new ones every year. The Rose Garden is a tribute to her vision and features old-fashioned varieties such as Rosa Mutabilis which changes colour over the season from peachy yellow to watermelon pink and finally a rich dark red.
Rosa ‘White Pet’ is another of Tim’s favourites. It’s a small shrub growing no taller than knee-height. “There are lots of tall roses, but this compact little old rose sits at the front of the rose beds and flowers away all summer,” says Tim.
The 50m herbaceous borders near the house at Basildon Park will be fragrant with sweet peas and glowing blue with delphiniums this summer.
Cliveden is famous for its stunning bedding displays, including 27,970 bedding plants on the Parterre. This year the colours will glow hot pink and red with 7,500 begonia ‘Devil’s Delight’ in the semicircle. There’ll also be 11,000 begonia ‘Heaven Red’ in the Long Garden beds.
The herbaceous borders of the Forecourt will tumble with a riot of colour from June and in the Long Garden the Penstemons and Salvias in the borders will have a backdrop of climbing sweet peas and roses along the wall. The Rose Garden blooms all summer long with more than 900 repeat flowering roses phasing from yellow and oranges through to velvety reds and deep crimsons later in the season.
The National Gardens Scheme
The scheme where gardens open with proceeds going to charities has a host of Berkshire delights to choose from in June. They include Frogmore House Gardens, by kind permission of HM The Queen on 6 June, open 10am to 5.30pm, £6.50, children under five free. Pre-booking is essential for this one, go to Shop at ngs.org.uk or call 01483 211535.
Also see further details of the gardens below on the NGS website. Many also provide teas, plant sales and other attractions during your visit and all those listed below include free entry for children.
• 4 June - Swallowfield Inner Village Gardens. Swallowfield Street, Swallowfield, RG7 1QX. 2 to 6pm, £6 combined admission to eight gardens.
• 4 & 11 June - Stockcross House Gardens, Church Road, Stockcross, Newbury, RG20 8LP. 10am-4pm, £5.
• 10 June - Eton College Gardens, Eton, SL4 6DB. 2 to 5pm, £5.
• 10 & 11 June - Canje Grove, Canje Grove, Church Road, Woolton Hill, Newbury, RG20 9XQ. 2-5pm, £3.50.
• 11 June - Chieveley Manor, Chieveley, near Newbury, RG20 8UT. 2-5pm, £5 | Sandleford Place, Newtown, Newbury, RG20 9AY. 2-5.30pm, £5 | The Tithe Barn, Tidmarsh, RG8 8ER. 2-5pm, £3.50.
• 18 June - Beenham Village Gardens, Beenham, RG7 5NX. 11am-5pm, £6 combined entry to five gardens. | Kirby House, Upper Green, Inkpen, RG17 9ED. 2-5pm, £4, or £7 combined with The Old Rectory. | The Old Rectory, Lower Green, Inkpen, RG17 9DS. 2-5pm, £4, or £7 combined with Kirby House. | The Mill House, Donnington, RG14 2JD. 2 to 5pm, £5.
• 21 June - Inholmes, Woodlands St Mary, RG17 7SY. 11am to 4pm, £4.50, or £6.50 combined with Rooksnest. | Rooksnest, Ermin Street, Lambourn Woodlands, RG17 7SB. 11am to 4pm, £4.50, or £6.50 combined with Inholmes.
• 25 June - The Old Rectory, Farnborough, near Wantage, OX12 8NX. 2 to 5.30pm, £5. | Pyt House, Ashampstead, RG8 8RA. 2 to 5pm, £5 combined admission with Willow Tree Cottage. | Willow Tree Cottage, Ashampstead, RG8 8RA. 2 to 5pm, £5 combined admission with Pyt House.
The Savill Garden & The Valley Gardens
An inspiration for gardeners and a delight for everyone, these Royal gardens at Windsor deserve a day of your time, and you’ll want to come back for more, which is why we recommend becoming a Member of the Savill Garden and Friends of Savill Garden (see windsorgreatpark.co.uk).
Savill Garden is open daily throughout the summer from 10am to 6pm (last entry 5pm) and has a welcoming café as well as a restaurant. Entry is £10.50 per adults for a day’s unlimited access to Savill Garden, with free parking included and children under 16 go free.
Entry is free to The Valley Gardens, well worth taking in with a stroll down The Long Walk on a day out.
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