Garden Visits 2018
We have organised an exciting programme of visits to a wonderful selection of historical gardens as well gardens being lovingly restored or designed. Further details are provided in the Garden Visits 2018 Newsletter below.
Reel Hall, shamley green
This is the first time that Reel Hall has been open for the Surrey Gardens Trust. We are delighted to have been allowed access to this tranquil and elegant Arts & Crafts garden nestled in the lush, wooded landscape of the Surrey Hills. The main part of the house dates back to the 16th century. The house was a farm for centuries. The garden was designed in the early 1930s by the Rooper family, who lived there throughout World War II.
There are around four acres to explore, with a stream flowing through the heart of the garden. A small stone bridge leads to a former tennis lawn, featuring a long herbaceous border and on to an enclosed topiary garden. A gentle climb along a rising path offers views across the valley and down over the stream. At the top of the hill there is an apple orchard, a vegetable garden, a small wildflower meadow and extensive greenhouses.
Owner will give a brief talk about the history of the house and garden at 10.15am, followed by a tour of the grounds. Please note there are some steep paths that may be slippery when wet.
£7.00 SGT Members
Includes refreshments upon arrival.
THURSDAY 21 june 2018
Shamley Wood Estate, Shamley Green
This is a garden of contrasts, embracing the old and the new with a sense of playfulness and also theatre with its stunning views, the sound of water, hidden sculptures, and established, majestic trees.
The house was originally built in 1927 and is situated high on the North Downs, with views across Newlands Corner and the South Downs. Ten acres of beautiful deer park form the approach to the house and its gardens of around three acres. These included the York stone terrace, top lawns and herbaceous border, garden barn, pond and a rose garden.
Recent improvements have been sensitively designed in keeping with the style of the house and its surroundings and include a Lavender Lawn, a heather garden and a stream. This is also very much a family garden, with a view to eventual self-sufficiency, so a small orchard, new greenhouse, kitchen garden, a bee colony, chickens, pigs and a play area are elements of the design. A woodland walk and wildflower meadow are also planned.
Owner will give a brief talk about the gardens, followed by a tour.
£10.00 SGT Members
Includes tea, coffee and cake. Proceeds to NSPCC.
Tuesday 17 July 2018
Busbridge lakes, godalming
Busbridge Lakes is a Grade II* registered Park noted for its mid 18th century follies, set within a secluded-steep sided valley. It also has a magnificent collection of specimen trees, some of which are in the Tree Register. The present house was formerly the coach house and stabling of the original Busbridge Hall, built in 1560. The estate was purchased in 1748 by Philip Carteret Webb, FSA, FRS and MP for Haslemere, who was responsible for many of the garden features. The original estate was extended to 1,391 acres as recently as the 1920s.
The present owners acquired the property in 1966 and the grounds in their current form consist of 40 acres of parkland with three lakes, nature trails and wooded hillsides, which are home to one of the largest collections of waterbirds in the country.
Sadly, many important trees were destroyed in the 1987 storm. However, a large number of outstanding specimens survive, including a 110-foot tall sequoia, a tulip tree, a cedar of Lebanon, several varieties of beech, huge plane trees, a monkey puzzle and a Persian ironwood. The woods are rich in box, yew, lime, sweet chestnut and several varieties of cypress, including a notable 62ft Chamaecyparis Lawsoniana ‘Youngii’.
Guided tour with Owner of Busbridge Lakes.
£14.00 SGT Members
Includes tea, coffee and homemade cakes upon arrival.
Wednesday 8 august 2018
hestercombe gardens, somerset
Coplestone Warre-Bampfylde, a gentleman landscaper and friend of Henry Hoare II of Stourhead, inherited the Hestercombe estate in 1750. In a fine wooded valley Bamfylde created a lake, fed by a stream flowing from a cascade. The site contains a number of recreated garden buildings, including the Gothic Alcove, Temple Arbour, Mausoleum, Witch House and Turkish Tent.
On the far side of the house from the 18th century garden is a masterpiece created by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, laid out from 1903, with beautiful views of the Vale of Taunton. At its heart is the great Plat, a sunken garden flanked by terrace walks on three sides and a rose-covered pergola. The Dutch garden contains Miss Jekyll’s typical planting, beyond which is a magnificent orangery by Lutyens.
The house, acquired from Somerset County Council, is now open to the public and contains the Column Room Restaurant, a secondhand bookshop and a contemporary art gallery.
Guided tour with Claire Greenslade, Head Gardener.
£48 SGT Members
Includes coach transfer, buffet lunch, tea & coffee, entrance fee and tour with head gardener. Minimum of 30 people required.
WEDNESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2018
THE PEACE GARDEN AT THE MUSLIM BURIAL GROUND, Woking
This unique Grade II listed site is situated on the southeast corner of the Horsell Common. Established in 1917, it was the original resting place for the 24 wounded Muslim soldiers who died at hospitals in England after serving our country during World War I and World War II. In the 1960s the site was vandalised and the bodies were moved to the Military Cemetery at Brookwood.
The brick-walled site was neglected and fell into disrepair. During the summer of 2013 work began to restore the structure of the Muslim Burial Ground and to create a garden of peace and reminiscence. The garden is now a significant site and provides a focal point for acts of commemoration and remembrance. A truly contemplative garden space has been created. HRH The Earl of Wessex opened the garden officially on 12 November 2015.
Talk and tour by Elizabeth Cuttle, SGT member and Trustee of Horsell Common Preservation Society (owners of the Muslim Burial Ground).
£5.00 SGT Members
Does not include refreshments
WEDNESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2018
BROOKWOOD CEMETERY, woking
Brookwood Cemetery, the largest in England, was opened in 1854 as a burial ground for London’s dead and served by its own railway line enabling special trains to bring mourners and their dead from Waterloo Station to the cemetery. It was a commercial enterprise. The cemetery was divided into separate areas, allotted to different London parishes and to various religious denominations as it catered for all classes and faiths. The landscaping and extensive evergreen planting scheme carried out by a local nurseryman has matured since the 19th century and continues to give the cemetery its sombre atmosphere.
In the 1920s a large military cemetery was laid out within the site, later extended to accommodate the World War II dead and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It is a Grade I site on the Register of Historic Parks & Gardens and contains amongst its many memorials the Stone of Remembrance designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
Guided tour with Margaret Hobbs of Brookwood Cemetery Society. Please note that the tour will take approximately 1.5 hours followed by tea back at The Lodge. Sturdy footwear is advised.
£9.00 SGT Members
Includes tea, coffee and cake.
SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER 2018
THE DEEPDENE TRAIL, Dorking
Charles Howard inherited the Deepdene Estate in 1652. In this natural steep-sided valley, he created one of the first Italian-style gardens in England. His grandson, Charles, built a grand Palladian mansion 116 years later on the Estate. The estate reached its peak during the time of Thomas Hope and his son, Henry. Thomas Hope was a well-known designer, author and artist in the 19th century. He expanded the estate and developed the picturesque landscape, which is remembered today. Sadly, Henry’s grandson Lord Francis Clinton Hope declared bankruptcy by the beginning of the 20th century, necessitating the breakup of the estate and the famous Hope art collection. After decades of disrepair, the house was demolished in 1969 and the grounds left forgotten until funds were secured for the development of the Deepdene Trail.
We will have a guided tour with Alex Bagnall, Hope Springs Eternal Project Manager, Mole Valley District Council. The Hope Mausoleum will be open to visit as well. We will walk approximately 3 miles of the trail. Sturdy footwear advised.
£11.00 SGT Members
Includes donation towards the Deepdene Buildings Rescue Fund, guided tour of Deepdene Trail and tea, coffee and cake at the Dorking Golf Club prior to our walk.
WEDNESDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2018
GARDEN MUSEUM, Lambeth, London
Our final event to mark the bicentenary of Humphry Repton’s death will be a visit to the Garden Museum’s exhibition exploring the full span of Repton’s career in landscape design.
Repton came to landscape design late in life after many failed careers and business ventures. He decided to take up the mantle of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and become a landscape gardener. He used his artistic and design skills to create his famous 'Red Books' (so called because they were bound in red leather before given to his clients). This exhibition will bring together up to 20 ‘Red Books’, more than ever assembled before. Visitors will be invited to experience the unique method by which Repton presented his designs to clients.
Introductory talk and guided tour of exhibition with Garden Museum guide. Followed by lunch.
£34.00 SGT Members
Includes tea, coffee and biscuits upon arrival, followed by lunch (main course, salad & pudding).