Friends Events

Friends Events

Events for the Friends:

Special Events in aid of the Palmers Leys Appeal

Gardeners Question Time Sunday May 18th
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 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.Please apply on the visits booking form.


Plant Sale 11.00am -4.00pm Sunday 1st June 2008
 The bi-annual Friends of Oxford Botanic Garden plant sale will again be at the Harcourt Arboretum. In view of the popularity of previous sales being it is this year being  extended to a whole day event. A wide range of high quality plants and shrubs will be available. Refeshments.
Open to all –Entrance fee..

New College Opera Wednesday July 9th
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.It will be performed in the Warden’s Garden ( if wet in the ante-chapel). Welcome drink and interval picnic tables in the cloister.
Booking form enclosed.

Jazz in a Summer Meadow Saturday August 2nd
Another summer evening at the Arboretun with Jazz and an opportunity to picnic.
Please put in your diaries. More information and booking details in the next newsletter.

Friends’ Visits Booking Now

This year we are planning visits amid floods hoping that none of the gardens we are to visit have been ruined or washed away. 
If on your travels you have come across or heard about new gardens that we have not visited or you would like to re-visit others do please let us know .We are always looking for places of interest to show you.
Jane Annett
The Sir Paul Getty Walled Garden
Wormsley Park, Stokenchurch
Thursday 22nd May at 6.30 pm

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 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 £15.00, Guests £18.00


New House
Hanney Road, Southmoor, Oxon, OX13 5HR
Sunday 15th June at 4.00 pm

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 £10.00, Guests £12.00


Great Dixter House and Garden –  the garden of the late Christopher Lloyd.
Northiam, Nr Rye, East Sussex, TN31 6PH
Thursday 19th June at 8.00 am from Thornhill Park and Ride

This coach trip has been requested by many members. It is an internationally renowned garden, 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 pre- packed refreshments, drinks and ice cream. Picnics are welcome. Plants and books and souvenirs are also available. This should be a very interesting day out.  Because of the distance we will need to leave early morning from across the road from the Thornhill Park and Ride – meet at 8am, leaving promptly at 8.15am.  The journey will be approx 2 ½ hours with return approximately  6.30pm.
Tickets £27.50, Guests £32.50


The Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons Gardens
Church Road, Great Milton, OX44 7PD

Only 20 people can visit at a time, they have been kind enough to offer us 2 separate dates. Please indicate which is your preference.
Tuesday 1st July at 2.00 pm
Monday 7th July at 2.00 pm

This is a very unusual garden, with a 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.  Grid Ref 637 029
Tickets £10.00, Guests £12.00

Cotswold Garden Flowers Nursery and Upton Wold

This is the second all day combined visit of the year.

Cotswold Garden Flowers Nursery
New Cottage, Badsey, Evesham, Worcs. WR11 7EZ
Saturday 12th July at 11.00am
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.  Grid Ref  SP077 426

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 we will move on to:

Upton Wold, Northwick Estate
Moreton in Marsh, Glos GL56 9RT
Saturday 12th July at 2.30 pm
Since 1973 the owners have progressively  re-modeled the old garden around a 17th century 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.  GRID REF 348 148

Tickets for the two visits £15 for Friends and guests.


Home Close
Garsington nr Oxford, OX44 9DH
Saturday 26th July at  3.00 pm

The house, opposite the Manor House, was built in the 17th century and in Lady Otteline Morrel’s was part of the Garsington Manor estate .  The very interesting gardens have been greatly developed by the present owners with much new planting. Bunny Guinness. It has a very interesting small ancient  17th or 18th 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.  Grid Ref  585 010

Tickets £8.00, Guests £10.00



Jane Jacobs

Gardener at Myself
I'm a passionate gardener, who loves the yearly Chelsea Flower Show and Gardeners World! I also enjoy my own garden experiments regularly in my spare time.

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