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

Forde Abbey is a treasure in an area already known for its outstanding beauty. Almost 900 years of history are encapsulated in this elegant former Cistercian monastery and its 30 acres of award-winning gardens.

Tony Russell, Gardens to Visit

Welcome to the September issue of our Gardens to Visit E-Newsletter, which provides you with all the latest news and information from gardens right across the UK.

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 to the garden's own website.

Our Gardens to Visit E-Newsletters enable you to decide which gardens to visit and the best time to visit them.

Published monthly and distributed to thousands of groups, individuals, coach companies, tour operators, tourism personnel, garden journalists and media
representatives, this newsletter is the voice of British gardens.

If you would like to find out more about these gardens, their news and events and much else besides, visit the Gardens to Visit website

Wishing you a great summer season of garden visits

Tony Russell


With artist Ed Isaacs

14 September 2019, 5:30pm-7:00pm at Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Join drawing and watercolour artist Ed Isaacs for a drawing workshop in the garden at Shakespeare's Birthplace. Let Ed guide you to create something special with the simplicity of pencil and teach you how to sketch Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Please bring any preferred materials with you. Participants are required to bring their own sketchpads/sketchbooks to the workshop.

Tickets are £10 each.


Celebrate the bounties of the season with the Tudors!

15 September 2019, 10:00pm-5:00pm at Mary Arden’s Farm

Join our celebration of the harvest season. Try your hand at traditional crafts, like candle-making, willow weaving and wool crafts. Enjoy puppet shows, face painting, Tudor music and more. All activities are included in general admission, so if you're already a valid ticket holder you can come and join in for free!

15th September, 11am to 5pm

Join us for our last event of our summer season at Mount Ephraim Gardens, Hernhill, ME13 9TX.

Apple tours and tastings.
Birds of Prey displays at 12.30pm & 2.30pm.
Live music from Cloud Nine Jazz on the terrace from 2pm to 4pm.
Wine tastings from Chatham Vineyards.
Refreshments served from the Garden Tea Room.

Our normal garden entrance applies for this event:
£7 adults
£2.50 children (aged 4 – 16)
£17 family ticket (2 adults and 2 children)
Free Parking for all visitors

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens has announced a new festival, Tiddly Proms, featuring jazz, Big Band and classical music on September 13 and 14, from 4pm to Midnight.

Musical highlights on the main stage include live performances of 'Charlie Parker with Strings' from Bernardi Music Group, jazz from Ducie Jazz, swing from Harry's Tricks, and a Rat Pack tribute from The Tom Fitzpatrick Band. There will be a live beam-back from 'The Last Night of the Proms’ on a giant outdoor LED screen.

Each night there’s a spectacular pyro-musical firework finale presented by Illusion Fireworks - British Fireworks Champions 2018.

Visitors can browse a boutique shopping courtyard at Leonardslee and enjoy artisan spirits, craft beers, cocktails, world cuisine, art, fashion and lifestyle stalls. They can also sample Leonardslee’s own label wines from boutique South African winery Benguela Cove Lagoon.

Gin and tonic is crafted by Cabin Pressure Spirits and Silent Pool Distillers, real ale from Harvey’s, the Binary Botanical brew from the Container Mixology Bar. Food includes cuisine from India, Italy, Mongolia, the Americas, Egypt and Vietnam.

Before each evening’s performance, visitors can explore the 240 acre estate and its Grade I Listed gardens, parkland, lawns and forest areas; visit the ornamental rock garden; see the colony of wallabies, peacocks and deer; and visit the ‘Beyond the Doll’s House’ exhibition.

Tickets are £30 plus booking fee for adults and £10 plus booking fee for under 18s

VIP tickets are £90 plus booking fee for adults and £50 plus booking fee for under 18s. VIP ticket-holders benefit from grandstand seating, wine tasting masterclasses and all-day access to Leonardslee, with Afternoon Tea at a discounted rate.

Visit: Tiddly Proms at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens, Lower Beeding RH13 6PP

The wonderful volunteers at the landscape garden Painshill in Cobham were recognised by the Visitor Experience Forum picking up the award for the best Volunteer Led Visitor Experience of the Year.

Tricia Powers, a volunteer at Painshill, was there to pick up the award:

“I’ve been volunteering at Painshill for four years as a Ranger following in my Father’s footsteps as he volunteered from 1983-93. I love the diversity of the visitors as well as the inclusivity of the volunteers. It’s a magical place and I love volunteering there! It was a very exciting evening and I was thrilled to be one of the representatives of the volunteers.”

The volunteers at Painshill take on hugely varied work, from running the Visitor Centre tills to gardening work out in the landscape. With only a handful of staff, Painshill Park Trust is a charity reliant on a team of 160 who give their time to welcome visitors, run promotion stands, maintain the Grade 1 listed landscape and look after the garden buildings.

There is a team of ‘greasers’ responsible for the running and maintenance of the Painshill Watermill who ensure it keeps pumping water into the historic Serpentine Lake and a team of admin volunteers, without whom tasks such as processing memberships would not be possible.

This year they have undertaken intensive work in the Painshill landscape, including unique projects like the planting around the newly restored Temple of Bacchus and the building of a new children’s play area.

Volunteers help run a number of annual events, including Christmas Illuminations, an Easter Egg Hunt and Painshill Summer Weekend.

Thanks to the volunteer landscape rangers and the maintenance team the Crystal Grotto is now open to the public Tuesday to Sunday rather than just weekends and Painshill has welcomed more visitors this year than ever before.

Birds of Prey Weekend
28 – 29th September. Garden open 9am – 6pm, agility displays at 11am and 2pm.
Beautiful birds of prey practice their skills over Seven Acres at RHS Garden Wisley. When not flying, see them close-up on their perches and discover all about them from their handlers. Included in Garden admission, with 10% discount if booked in advance.

Taste of Autumn. 16th – 20th October
Celebrate the sights, sounds and tastes of the season with 30 exhibitors, featuring Surrey Bees and The National Vegetable Society, as well as many others, offering the opportunity to buy food and drink products. Plus enjoy delicious produce – including Wisley apple tastings, apple pressing and apple identification. Included in Garden admission, book in advance for 10% discount.

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is “hands down one of Britain’s most phenomenal gardens . . . wholly deserving of a full day’s exploration”.

Not our words but what has been written about us by the world’s most iconic travel guide publisher, Lonely Planet.

Their latest title, the Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist features the very best of Britain’s unmissable destinations.

It describes the National Botanic Garden as “a thrilling floral romp” which “commands sensational views” and features the biggest single-span glasshouse in the world.

The Garden’s head of marketing, David Hardy said: “We are very honoured to be featured in the ultimate UK travel hot-list. Lonely Planet is the world’s No 1 travel guidebook brand and sells guides and travel apps by the hundreds of millions so this a fantastic accolade for our attraction and for everyone who has helped make it such an unmissable experience.”

The new guide ranks “in order of their brilliance” tiny pubs, giant cathedrals, inky lochs, world-class museums, gardens and all things great about Britain. Each entry gives a taste of what to expect, plus practical advice for planning your trip. Mr Hardy added: “It is pretty special to be ranked here alongside the likes of the Lake District, Stonehenge, Hadrian’s Wall and Notting Hill Carnival.”

Set in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside, the National Botanic Garden of Wales is a fascinating blend of the modern and historic.

There you will find, along with the world’s largest single-span glasshouse, an inspiring range of themed gardens, the British Bird of Prey Centre, a tropical Butterfly House, play areas and a national nature reserve, all set in a Regency landscape which provides the stage for a packed programme of events and courses throughout the year. And you can develop your horticultural skills and knowledge with the Garden’s Growing the Future project, with a variety of gardening and beekeeping-based courses on throughout t

Gardens to Visit 2019

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