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Join us on this exclusive day when we will visit an intriguing plant collector's garden and then move on to a unique designer garden. Our first visit is to Lime Close, four-acres set around a 16th century Grade II listed house. We will be welcomed over coffee by owner Marie-Christine de Laubarède who will be entertaining us with tales of her extensive travels and the plants she has gathered along the way, as she guides us round. The herb garden was designed by Rosemary Verey and the cottage garden by Marie-Christine, herself a successful designer, whose gardens have been featured in several magazines including Vogue. Features include rare trees, mixed borders and unusual topiary. The stunning iris garden contains 100 different varieties of tall bearded irises.

After a seasonal two-course lunch with wine at a local inn, we will then have the pleasure of visiting The Grove, home of the late David Hicks, renowned interior designer. David spent much of the last 18 years of his life creating this extraordinary garden. Taking inspiration from the Anglo-French gardens of the early 18th century, he laid out avenues and vistas great and small, forming an intricate sequence of green 'rooms'. It is a place of rigid formality coupled with a lush romanticism that makes it genuinely unique. Our tour will be given by David’s son, Ashley Hicks, a well-known architect and interior designer, and will be joined by the gardener who worked with David at The Grove. Afternoon tea will follow.

We will start from Didcot Parkway Station, Oxfordshire and transport between gardens is provided.

The day includes morning coffee, a delicious two-course lunch with wine and afternoon tea.

Photo credit: Photographs courtesy of Estate of David Hicks and Marie-Christine de Laubarède ©

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