Christmas 2019 Newsletter - Giving a voice to Britain's Gardens

In the early days of the Christian Church in Britain, many pagan customs and festivals were adapted to fit the new religion. Part of the pagan mid-winter solstice festival included bringing greenery – such as pine, holly, ivy and mistletoe - into the dwelling; something which of course still happens today as part of our Christian Christmas celebration. Read More

Tony Russell, Gardens to Visit

Welcome to our final Gardens to Visit E-Newsletter of 2019. As always this Newsletter provides you with the very latest information on garden events, activities and garden news from right across the UK. Here you will find information on festive events happening in the run up to Christmas and lots of things to look forward to in the New Year.

To find out more about each item featured below, simply click on it. Also, if you click on the garden name it will take you directly through to the gardens own website. Plus, as always, if you visit our website you will find lots more information on the best gardens to visit throughout this winter.

Finally, may I just take this opportunity to wish you an enjoyable and relaxing Christmas and all the very best for the forthcoming New Year.

Tony Russell - Gardens to Visit Editor

There a wonderful collection of over 150 different varieties of galanthus (snowdrop) at East Lambrook Manor. These are to be found growing around the garden with the bulk of them in the areas known as the Ditch and the Woodland Garden. We also have a special raised snowdrop display bed so that visitors can see choice cultivars close up and there will be additional special displays round the garden.

As part of the festival we are giving talks about Margery Fish and the snowdrops here in the garden for which there will be a small additional charge. This will include a tour of some of the more interesting snowdrops including those named after previous owners of the garden

Tuesday to Sunday from 1st to 29th February (until March when we are open Tuesday to Saturday) - 10am to 5pm

The second Saturday of the month is the time when great suppliers, growers and makers come to King John's Nursery.

Its Farmers Market day! 9.30 - 12.30.

Dates for 2020 11th January, 8th February & 14th March

The perfect way to do your weekend shopping with endless benefits to you, our local farmers, producers and makers and the environment.

With less packaging, few food miles, accountable suppliers, traceable ingredients, seasonal produce and helping to keep local suppliers and thier employees in business. Its also a great way to engage with and be part of this thriving community. All set in the beautiful, wooded, Weald.

Dianne Rickard was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease on 7th February 2018 and lost the battle against the disease on 24th August 2018. She loved “doing” things with her hands, crochet, embroidery, knitting, sewing, gardening and of course painting.

After her mothers’ death in 2011, she suddenly realised that she had 84 hours a week spare and so she took up painting as a hobby and attended classes in Glanamman and later in Carmel under the watchful eye of Sue Crossman Jones.

All proceeds from the sale of works will go to the Motor Neuron Disease Association.

RHS Garden Shows 2020

RHS Flower Show Cardiff 17 – 19 April | RHS Malvern Spring Festival 7 – 10 May | RHS Chelsea Flower Show 19 – 23 May | RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 11 - 14 June | RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show 26 – 28 June | RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 6 – 12 July | RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 22 – 26 July | RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show 5 – 9 August | RHS Garden Rosemoor Flower Show 14 – 16 August | RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show 8 – 13 September

RHS Flower Show and Garden Combination Tickets:
A fantastic option for groups looking to combine RHS Garden Wisley – the historic home of the RHS – with two of its finest shows. Options include a straightforward ticket combining the garden with either RHS Chelsea Flower Show or RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival or one including a delicious cream tea.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show plus RHS Garden Wisley: Group rates from: £95.75pp or £101.75pp including a cream tea.
RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival plus RHS Garden Wisley: Group rates from: £40.75pp or £46.75pp including a cream tea.
For further information about group visits to any of the 2020 RHS Flower Shows and full ticket-purchasing information, visit** or call 0800 358 0058 or email