Friends Events

Friends Events



Gardeners’ Question Time Sunday 18th May 2008

Towersey Manor, near Thame, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs David Barnett

6.30pm: Wine and canapés reception followed by time to visit the Garden at its late Spring best (compartmented design, interesting planting, vistas, meadow with mound and obelisk).

7.30pm – 9pm: The exceptional panel in the timber framed barn: Timothy Walker (chairman), Bob Brown, Val Bourne, Mary Keen and Walter Sawyer.


Plants to buy from Bob Brown.


Tickets £25, book using this form Click here



Plant Sale Sunday 1st June 2008

Harcourt Arboretum


11am -4pm: The bi-annual Friends of Oxford Botanic Garden plant sale. In view of the popularity of previous sales, we are extending it this year to a whole day event. A wide range of high quality plants and shrubs will be available, plus refreshments. Open to the general public, entrance free.



New College Opera Wednesday 9th July 2008

Warden’s garden, New College, Oxford (if wet in the ante-chapel)


6:30pm: Artaxerxes by Thomas Arne (18th century composer of Rule Britannia). This once very popular, but now little known, beautiful and pioneering piece appropriately follows last year’s production of Xerxes. Welcome drink and interval picnic tables in the cloister.


Tickets £40, book using this form Click here



Jazz in a Summer Meadow Saturday 2nd August 2008

Harcourt Arboretum


Gates open at 6pm, jazz at 7pm: Another summer evening at the Arboretum with jazz and an opportunity to picnic.


Tickets £12 (adults), £6 (children), £30 (family), book by phoning 01865 286690






Take place each month at 10.30am in the Garden’s Conservatory, followed by a tour of the Garden with one of the Garden Staff. Dates for your diary are as follows:


Friday 2nd May

Friday 6th June

Friday 4th July

(We do not hold a coffee morning in August)




If on your travels you have come across or heard about new gardens that we have not visited, or if you would like to re-visit others, do please let us know .We are always looking for places of interest to show you.


The Sir Paul Getty Walled Garden Thursday 22nd May 2008, 6.30pm

Wormsley Park, Stokenchurch, by kind permission of M. Banbury, Head Gardener

Dating from the 1700s and originally designed by Richard Woods, the garden is of unusual octagonal design. After being abandoned for some years it has been redesigned since 1991. It is not a decorative show garden but a beautiful kitchen garden that provides vegetables, fruit and flowers the whole year round for the estate. There will be an introductory talk, a tour followed by Pimms and nibbles, and a question time. This is a rare opportunity to see this amazing garden. When applying please provide your car number and the names of those attending.


Tickets £15 (Friends), £18 (guests), book using this form Click here



New House Sunday 15th June 2008, 4pm

Hanney Road, Southmoor, OX13 5HR, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Jackson


This is a most exciting garden. Mr and Mrs Jackson have been developing this formal garden since the1980s in the Dutch manner of the C17th and early C18th. It is very unusual and full of surprises. Tea will be kindly provided. Grid Ref 396 002.


Tickets £10 (Friends), £12 (guests), book using this form Click here



Great Dixter House and Garden Thursday 19th June 2008, 8am – 6.30pm

Northiam, Nr Rye, East Sussex, TN31 6PH (travel by coach from Thornhill Park and Ride, Oxford)

This coach trip has been requested by many members. The garden of the late Christopher Lloyd is internationally renowned, full of interesting planting, striking colour schemes, very much at the cutting edge of gardening today. The trip will include a guided tour of the garden and in the afternoon a tour of the house. There is a café that offers refreshments, drinks and ice cream. Picnics are welcome. Plants, books and souvenirs are also available. This should be a very interesting day out.


Tickets £27.50 (Friends), £32.50 (guests), book using this form Click here



The Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons Gardens

Tuesday 1st July 2008, 2pm and Monday 7th July 2008, 2pm

Church Road, Great Milton, OX44 7PD (grid ref 637 029), by kind permission of Anne Marie Owens, Head Gardener


Only 20 people can visit at a time, and so we have been offered two separate dates – please indicate which you prefer. This is a very unusual garden, with Japanese influences, a great variety of vegetables chosen most carefully for their high quality, flavour and appearance. There are beautiful sculptures dotted around the gardens. The plantings around the gardens and the buildings are very sympathetic to the period. A real treat to visit. Tea will be provided at Milton Lakes.


Tickets £10 (Friends), £12 (guests), book using this form Click here


Cotswold Garden Flowers Nursery and Upton Wold

Saturday 12th July 2008, 11am


Cotswold Garden Flowers Nursery,New Cottage, Badsey, Evesham, Worcs WR11 7EZ (grid ref SP077 426), by kind permission of Bob Brown: Mr Brown has been an entertaining and very knowledgeable speaker at several Garden events and will be at our Gardeners’ Question Time. His catalogue and website are exceptionally informative and his plants are well known for being unusual and of real interest. We will visit this distinguished nursery in the morning and will be able to buy plants.

Over lunch there will be an opportunity to visit the gardens, including Bob Brown’s private garden, of the local village of Fladbury (open 12pm to 6pm).


In the afternoon (2.30pm) we will move on to:


Upton Wold, Northwick Estate, Moreton in Marsh, Glos GL56 9RT (grid ref 348 148), by kind permission of Mr and Mrs IRS Bond: Since 1973 the owners have progressively re-modeled the old garden around a C17th manor house with the help of Brenda Colvin, Hal Moggeridge and a JCB. It continues to develop and is architecturally landscaped in an imaginative way with wonderful views. It has yew hedges, old shrub roses, an herbaceous walk, unusual plants, woodland garden and the national collection of Juglans. The garden is still evolving with “plants and cuttings begged, bought or given from all over the world”. Tea will be provided.


Tickets for the two visits £15 (Friends and guests), book using this form Click here



Home Close Saturday 26th July 2008, 3pm

Garsington, nr Oxford, OX44 9DH (grid ref 585 010), by kind permission of Ms Monica Waud and Dr Paul Giangrande

The house, opposite the Manor House, was built in the C17th was part of the Garsington Manor estate. The very interesting gardens have been greatly developed by the present owners with much new planting. There is a very interesting small C17th or C18th century granary in the front garden. Tea will be provided. It is requested that we park further down the hill away from the house. There will be parking in the drive for the disabled. The garden has a lot of steps and different levels.


Tickets £8 (Friends), £10 (guests), book using this form Click here



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