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Beautiful Berkshire gardens, 05/07/16
Tue 5 July 2016, 10:50 – 17:00 BST
Join us on a visit to two delightful Berkshire gardens, quite similar in scale but very different in character. Both make use of carefully placed sculpture amidst exquisite planting but while one is classically English in style the other is intriguingly modern.
In the morning we shall visit Rooksnest, south of Lambourn, where Dame Theresa Sackler has worked with Arabella Lennox-Boyd over a long period to develop this exceptional 10-acre garden. Yew hedges frame the generous herbaceous borders that surround the Grade II listed house and there is a lovely pond area as well as romantic plantings of roses and perennials. After morning coffee we will be shown around the garden by the head gardener. A grassy path winds its way through a wild garden and there are many features to see and enjoy, including herbs, vegetables, an orchard and glasshouses.
From here, we will move on to Woolton House, south of Newbury, for lunch, hosted by Rosamond Brown. Rosamond has created an unusual and dramatic contemporary garden with the help of French architect and landscape designer Pascal Cribier. The wider parkland that surrounds Woolton House, with its magnificent trees, is traditional in style but it is in the four-acre, once-derelict walled area, that we will see the modern garden. Here, perennials, vegetables and grasses have been used to create regimented bands of bold colour, referencing Mondrian in a geometric layout. There is striking sculpture, expertly positioned to intrigue and surprise, plus a fine sunken garden. Our day will finish with tea.
We will start from Newbury station and transport between gardens is provided.
£125, Friends £95. 10.50 start.