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A Victorian Pleasure Gardens Experience
Thu 22 June 2017, 11:00 – 16:00 BST
The Larmer Tree Gardens were created in 1880 by General Augustus Lane-Fox just after he inherited the Rushmore Estate (he changed his name to Pitt Rivers as a condition of his inheritance). Surrounding the main lawn he constructed a variety of buildings intended to enlighten and educate his estate workers and visitors.
For those visitors wishing to picnic there were eight areas known as quarters, each was enclosed by laurel hedges and contained a thatched building for shelter.
The gardens’ name was taken from a magnificent landmark tree (probably a wych elm) that stood on this site as early as the 10th century. The origin of the word ‘Larmer’ is so ancient that it can only be guessed at. By 1899 the gardens were attracting over 44,000 visitors a year.
We will be shown round by Andy Rampton, Head Gardener. This will be followed by a cream tea and, if weather permits, croquet on the lawn.
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Larmer Tree, Tollard Royal SP5 5PY.
Larmer Tree is easy to find if you follow the brown flower signs image
Take the A30 from Salisbury or Shaftesbury. When you have reached Ludwell follow the brown signs for the Rushmore Golf Course and Larmer Tree Gardens. After 2 miles, at the top of the hill turn left onto the B3O81 and take the 2nd on the right. The Larmer Tree entrance is 2 miles on the left.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Anna McDowell 07432 604982
What's the refund policy?
All tickets to our events are transferable to another person if you find you are unable to go but please note we are unable to refund them.