Diamond Jubilee Berkshire Hardy Plant Society

The Berkshire Group of The Hardy Plant Society will be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of the Hardy Plant Society on Saturday, 14 October, at St Peter’s Church Hall, Church Road, Earley, Reading, RG6 1EY, from 9.30am. . In the morning, Timothy Walker – lecturer, botanist, gardener, presenter, author and after-dinner speaker, will entertain us with a talk about the principles and practicalities which need to be adopted, when creating a herbaceous border that is interesting all year round. After lunch, Julian Sutton, who started out as an academic botanist before turning into a gardener and nurseryman (he and his wife run Desirable Plants, a...
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Visit to Two Oxfordshire gardens

Haseley Court The head gardener gave us a comprehensive account of the history of the house and garden. Part of the house is medieval and there was topiary here in the 16th century. Garden features included an impressive avenue of trees leading well outside the property precincts and some longstanding topiary at the side of the house. The main extensive garden comprised a number of rooms surrounding a wheel of finely pruned box bushes set off by Geranium ‘Rozanne’ in profusion. Extensive box and yew hedging was prominent throughout the garden. The individual planting was principally a glorious array of well-grown flowering perennials, complementing a...
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Summer Social and Plant Fair

Once again we were blessed with glorious weather for our ‘Summer Social and Plant Fair’ Virginia Von Celsing made us extremely welcome to Pyt House and the garden allowing us to roam freely. This highly structured garden, divided into distinct spaces all with their own style, character and planting, provides the visitor with a wide range of experiences. Leaving the car park the immediate vista was an alley guiding the eye up to the house in the distance. Leading off from this alley were the individual spaces which include a large natural style pond, open grass ideal for croquet, vegetables and soft fruit, a lovely small walled garden, perennial areas...
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Two Gloucestershire Gardens

On June 27th in the morning, 30 of us were welcomed to 'Covertside' at Perrott's Brook near Cirencester by an exuberant Hungarian Vizsla dog and delicious coffee & cakes provided by Lynn Sales. This was accompanied by a talk about the development of the property, then John Sales explained his management of the meadow area and around the sloping garden he answered numerous questions sharing his knowledge as a true plantsman. My outstanding memory of the beautifully kept garden is the incredibly thin 3 foot high box hedges which divided the central areas. Our afternoon visit to Moor Wood, at Woodmancote was only a short distance away but we had a long...
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Visit to Upton Wold and Harrells Nursery Garden

Our morning visit was to an extensive 9 acre garden in a glorious country setting near Moreton-in-the-Marsh. It has been developed from scratch since 1973 and contains a wide range of different appealing features. These include beautiful areas of perennial planting with hardy geraniums and roses and much else besides, with fruit and vegetable areas. Box and yew hedging has been used effectively to delineate the different sections. The garden contains the national collection of Walnut trees, each with its own distinctive features. There is also a diminutive version of Stonehenge with its circle of standing stones. A garden containing a wide range of interest...
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