Tour of Five Gardens at Eton College

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Thursday 21 July 2016 1.30 to 4.30pm

We are very pleased to invite you to join us in this rare opportunity to visit the series of five beautiful and historic interlocked gardens around Eton College’s ancient buildings where we will be guided around the Luxmoore’s Garden; the Head Master’s Garden; the King of Siam’s Garden; the Provost’s Garden; and the Fellows’ Garden by the Head Gardener Michael Long and his team of gardeners who will be available to answer your questions.

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Tour of Rousham House and Gardens, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX25 4QU Wednesday 25 May 2016, 2-5.00pm

Vale of Venus

We will start with a tour of the house guided by a member of the family. The house dates from before the Civil War into which William Kent, architect of the Horse Guards amongst other major buildings, added the wings and stables, creating a unique example of domestic design by Kent. Ben Viljoen will then be giving us a guided tour of the exceptional 18th century gardens also created by William Kent in 1738.

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Lancelot Brown & Caversham Park

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This year is the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the
father of English landscape gardening.
As part of the nation-wide Capability Brown Festival, the Berkshire Gardens Trust
has arranged with the BBC for Caversham Park to be open on the afternoons of
Sunday 17th April, Sunday 12th June and Sunday 18th September from 2pm to
6pm. Admission will be by ticket, which must be obtained in advance.

There will be a talk on the work that Brown did at Caversham Park, conducted walks
in the grounds, a tour of the house and light refreshments.

Please note that all tickets for the Caversham Park days have now been sold.

Brown in Berkshire


Portrait of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, c.1770-75, Cosway, Richard (1742-1821) /Private Collection/Bridgeman Images

Berkshire Gardens Trust’s 2016 Spring Lecture

by Ben Viljoen

Thursday 17th March, 7.30 for 8pm

The Barn, off Beech Road, Purley on Thames, RG8 8DR

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Rousham: The Birth of the Pictorial Circuit Garden

Temple of Echo

The Berkshire Gardens Trust’s Autumn Lecture by Michael Symes

Thursday 8th October 2015, 7.30 pm for 8 pm

At The Barn, off Beech Road, Purley on Thames, Reading, RG8 8DR

The lecture will be preceded by the BGT AGM, starting at 7 pm. Refreshments will be served from 7 30 pm for those attending the lecture.

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The Start of the Renaissance Garden in England?

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BGT’s SPRING 2015 LECTURE at Shaw House, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2DR

THURSDAY 26TH MARCH, 7pm for 7.30pm

The evening will start at 7pm with canapés and drinks and an introduction to the magnificent Grade I listed Shaw House, the Elizabethan home of the Dolman family, which is currently owned and managed by West Berkshire Council. The introduction to Shaw House will be at 7.30pm, followed immediately by the lecture.

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Chairman’s Blog October 2014

Herbaceous border at Howick Hall

Our AGM and Autumn Lecture were on the 3rd October. Full Reports from the Treasurer and from me are on the website, and show a satisfactory financial position and report the projects currently in hand. We then had a lecture by Hal Moggeridge who is a respected and outstanding Landscape Designer with responsibility for the Welsh Botanic Gardens and the refurbishment of the garden at Blenheim Palace, among many other achievements. We are lucky to attract speakers of his calibre.
This really marked the end of summer, and is a time to look back on our success and failures in the garden this year. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the gardens we have visited. I was fortunate to be able to go to Northumberland where I visited the birthplace of Capability Brown and saw the Church where he was baptised and the school he attended in Cambo. Lots of work going on there in preparation for the visitors expected in 2016. We also visited the Garden at Alnwick, which is spectacular in its Grand Cascade, educative in the water features of the serpent garden and stunning in the ornamental garden, with its wealth of unusual as well as more common herbaceous plants.
I preferred the more relaxed atmosphere of Howick Hall near Craster (pictured above). The home of Earl Grey of tea fame, it is still occupied in part by the Howick family. Lady Howick’s private garden which was also open is stunning. The whole garden and grounds give an impression of permanence and with specific areas like the woodland garden make an enjoyable afternoon.
Planting a sapling in the GalapagosLater we visited the Galapagos Islands, hardly a garden in the European sense but with its own unique plants as well the birds and animals. Conservation is taken seriously and invasive introduced species have been removed to be replaced by native trees. We were taken to the site of cleared undergrowth to plant new native trees there. Good to see how the islanders are caring for their unique habitat.

Keep a watch out for our programme for next year. We will be having a Speaker in March and the AGM and Speaker will be in October. We plan to hold our Meetings on a Thursday in the light on concern expressed about the problems on the M4 on a Friday night. We hope to meet in Shaw House Newbury in March and at Purley Barn in October. We are also putting plans together for garden visits next summer.

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2 pm start at Watlington House, RG1 4RZ

Come along and enjoy a free guided walk linking some of Reading’s designed Parks & Gardens and other green, historical spaces. Starting south of the centre, Watlington House and Street are in a conservation area. We will then pass King’s Gardens near the old Huntley & Palmer biscuit factory by the Prudential Building to follow the canalised River Kennet to the Oscar Wilde Walk and then Forbury Gardens. The final leg of the linear walk (in total 1.5 to 2 hours), continues along the River Thames and over Caversham Bridge to Caversham Court, where refreshments are available in the riverside gardens.

Contacts for further information: Vickie Abel, Friends of Caversham Court (, Gaila Adair, Watlington House Trust/Berkshire Gardens Trust or Fiona Hope, Berkshire Gardens Trust (0118 984 3504).

Remodelling Historic Parks for Contemporary Uses

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The Berkshire Gardens Trust’s Autumn Lecture by Hal Moggeridge Friday 3rd October, 7.30 for 8pm, The Barn, off Beech Road, Purley on Thames, RG8 8DR


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The Berkshire Gardens Trust Spring Lecture 2014 by Rosamund Wallinger

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Gertrude Jekyll: Her Art and Place in Garden History
Friday 14th March, 7.30 for 8pm, The Barn, off Beech Road, Purley on Thames, RG8 8DR
Come early and join us for a glass of wine & some light refreshments

In 1983 Rosamund Wallinger and her husband purchased The Manor House at Upton Grey. She discovered soon after that the much neglected garden had been laid out by Gertrude Jekyll. This was the start of a lifelong devotion to Miss Jekyll and the garden at Upton Grey. Mrs Wallinger has taken infinite care to source plants detailed in Miss Jekyll’s plans and to follow her planting instructions. Today Upton Grey is the most authentic of the extant Jekyll gardens. Mrs Wallinger has a deep theoretical and practical understanding of the work of Gertrude Jekyll, one of the most influential garden designers of all time; this is a talk not to be missed.

Places £10 for BGT members, for non-members £12 per place or £20 for two places.
Please send a cheque made payable to Berkshire Gardens Trust with your contact
details to BGT, Chilton Lodge, Speen Lane, Newbury, RG14 1RN Receipts and venue
details will be sent if you provide an email address or a SAE. Please phone Ben Viljoen
on 0118 984 3170 if you have any queries about the event

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