BOXWOOD TOURS: 'Down the Garden Path'

BOXWOOD TOURS: 'Down the Garden Path'

The Story of the English Garden

10th to 14th June, 2018

‘Down the Garden Path: The Story of the English Garden, 10th - 14th June, 2018. A themed garden tour hosted by garden historian Dr Sophie Piebenga

‘DOWN THE GARDEN PATH': The Story of the English Garden...
 
This is a different way of appreciating the richness of British gardens: a garden tour where the story is as important as the plants and aesthetics.  The county of Hampshire, England, is an ideal location to trace the development of garden design in British history. Hampshire was the first county to form a Garden Trust (to research and protect the historic gardens) which remains very active. In the capable hands of garden historian, Sophie Piebenga, we explore the story of the English garden in chronological order, from a well-researched reconstruction of a medieval garden in Winchester,  moving through time to discover the history of garden and landscape styles: from the intricate medieval gardens to the formal Renaissance and ornate Baroque; from the spacious English Landscape Movement, moving to the Picturesque style and grand high Victorian gardens, thence to the refined Edwardian style, finally arriving in the present day with a visit to a beautiful late 20th century garden.   Your base for the tour will be the Tylney Hall Hotel chosen for its high standards of hospitality and its wonderful, well-maintained Edwardian gardens featuring a water garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll
 
ITINERARY
 
Day 1: Sunday 10th June
For those who wish to arrive by car at the hotel, the coach will pick-up at 09:45 for the tour start at Winchester Railway Station at 10:30. We journey the short distance to ‘The Military Museum’ for coffee and an introduction to the tour. A short walk away, behind the Great Hall, lies Queen Eleanor’s Garden, a modern re-construction of a 13th C. garden using plants & materials familiar to gardeners of that era. This garden was designed by Dr Sylvia Landsburg, author of the classic ‘Medieval Gardening’. We then drive to Old Basing for a lunch at Barton’s Mill before a fascinating visit to Basing House. The remains of the major Tudor palace and castle which suffered under the hands of Oliver Cromwell is the salient feature, but we can still see the site of the walled gardens where we find a re-creation of a formal Jacobean parterre and hear an account of early 17th C. life and gardening in Britain at the time of civil war. 
 
Day 2: Monday 11th June
During the 18th C., the formal Renaissance style gave way to the more natural English Landscape movement which idealised nature and emphasised irregularity with no obvious walls or boundaries. Today we visit two fine examples: the first is a private estate on a grand scale. Following lunch at a local inn, we visit the gardens of Cadland House.  Exquisitely sited by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown (1715-83) to take advantage of the breathtaking views across the Solent towards the Isle of Wight, Cadland House's gardens are his smallest surviving pleasure ground.  By kind permission of Aldred & Fiona Drummond. 
 
Day 3: Tuesday 12th June
The Picturesque style was very much of the Regency era. (broadly 1795 to 1837) depicted by dramatic scenery, contrasts of texture and vegetation and a sense of wildness in the planting of trees and shrubs. Jane Austen (1775-1817) refers in her novels to improvements to parkland landscapes and to Humphry Repton (1752-1818) who produced ‘red books’ for a number of properties in Hampshire, none surviving intact.  We walk in Jane Austen’s footsteps exploring the village of Chawton with a visit to a garden that dates back to this period. We then drive to Houghton Lodge, a fine example of Picturesque Cottage orné (ornamental cottage), originally a fishing lodge overlooking an idyllic stretch of the River Test. Following lunch, you are invited by the owners to see the cottage and the gardens. Return to Tylney Hall for a special tour of the gardens with the Head Gardener, including the rockery and water garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll.   
 
Day 4: Wednesday 13th June
Today, we take the ferry across to Isle of Wight to visit Osborne House, former royal residence of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, with a special tour of the walled garden now restored to its Victorian splendour. After free time for lunch at Osborne, remaining on the Isle of Wight, we visit the Edwardian-inspired Princess Beatrice Garden, recently designed by Chris Beardshaw. This garden celebrates the time when Princess Beatrice, the youngest daughter of Victoria, was Governor of the Isle of Wight and resident at Carisbrooke Castle.
 
Day 5: Thursday 14th June
This morning, we explore the Arts & Crafts style with owner Rosamund Wallinger at Upton Grey Manor and see the restored work of Gertrude Jekyll. We end the tour with lunch and a visit to Bury Court. We are invited by owner, John Coke, to view the Courtyard Garden designed with the help of Piet Oudolf and the Front Garden designed by Christopher Bradley-Hole, two key designers of our day. We return to Winchester Railway station for 16:00 and to Tylney Hall for 17:00 for those who have left their cars.  
 
How much & what's included:
 
The price per person: £2298
 
Single supplement: £300 (levied by the hotel).
 
The price includes four nights’ dinner (with wine), bed & breakfast accommodation at Tylney Hall Hotel plus four lunches as stated in the itinerary and transport from Winchester Railway Station or Tylney Hall Hotel (if you wish to park your car). Please note that hotels used by Boxwood Tours are invariably hotels of character featuring a variety of rooms & styles.
 
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BOXWOOD TOURS: 'Down the Garden Path'

The Story of the English Garden

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