By Coach to
Sandhill Farm House, Rogate, Petersfield, GU31 5HU
Chawton House, Chawton, Alton, GU34 1SD
Rosemary Alexander founded the English Gardening School in 1983, has many awards, has judged and lectured world wide as well as writing books and being a Trustee of Great Dixter. We are privileged to pay a visit to her own ‘teaching’ garden at Rogate which she began in 2001 after leaving her tenancy at NT Stoneacre in Kent. Although only approximately 1 acre it is packed full of wonderful plant combinations. She confesses not always to practice what she preaches as she is a plantaholic and is constantly making improvements.
Rosemary will give refreshments and a personal tour of her garden.
It is not far to Chawton House where Jane Austen lived in a cottage on the estate owned by her brother Edward. We have arranged for a self-guided tour of the house and garden here and although the gardens may not be spectacular we think it will be an interesting afternoon visit. The house is a charity with many treasures, including Austen heirlooms and an extensive collection of early women’s writing.
Pick up points: 8.15 Caversham – by Mapledurham Playing Fields
8.30 Valpy Street Bus Stop, Central Reading 8.50 Village Car Park Theale