Canons Ashby near Daventry NN11 3SD
This National Trust property dates from Elizabethan times and remains virtually unaltered so it may well prove interesting to visit the mysterious wall-paintings, plasterwork and fine furnishings of the house itself if the weather is inclement. The restored formal gardens, originally created by Edward Dryden around 1710 (the design attributed to Geo.London & Henry Wise, gardeners to Queen Anne) contain topiary, a fernery, herbaceous border and fruit & vegetable terraces. We are told the spring bedding should be at its peak for our visit.
Coffee/lunch can be had here before we leave for the next visit.
PLEASE remember to bring your NT membership card or, if you are not a member, tell us so we can hopefully pair you with a life member, otherwise entry will be an extra cost of £8.50.
Pettifers Garden, Nr Banbury OX17 1RU
This 1.5 acre garden was started in 1984 when The Honourable Mrs Gina Price moved here and the garden was a blank canvas. She says her knowledge was virtually non-existant and she began with shrubs & roses but soon realised, when her friends from Kiftsgate came to offer advice, that she wanted much more than that. What a treat awaits us now, 34 years later and with input from the head gardener Polly Stevens who will be introducting the garden to us and answering questions. (She often writes articles in Which Gardening so some of you may know of her).
Tea is included.
COACH TRIP PRICE £30
Pick up points: 8.30am Theale car park: 8.50 am Valpy Street Bus Stop, Central Reading
9.00 Caversham – by Mapledurham Playing Fields