The Visit Some Gardens With Us page is a new addition to the website in 2017.
We will be writing a brief resumé of our visits soon after the event. We will also try to include some photographs to give you a ‘taster’ so that members and non-members alike can enjoy the delights of some of the gardens we visit! !
OLD RECTORY GARDEN, QUINTON – MAY 2017
The gardens of the Old Rectory cover some three acres. Beautifully situated in the shadow of the church, there is plenty to walk around and wonder at – kitchen garden, glasshouse and flower garden, woodland menagerie, a park and an orchard. The head gardener was wonderfully informative and we all had a very special time there.
THE OLD RECTORY GARDENS, SUDBOROUGH – JUNE 2017
The gardens of the Old Rectory have been developed predominantly by two successive owners and now by the current owners who took over the gardens two years ago.
The focal point is the Georgian old rectory. Harpers Brook runs through the bottom of the gardens, which include the Rose Circle, Rectory Border, Long Border, and hidden beyond the Potager (the old walled kitchen garden) is the Twisted Hazel garden and a short Woodland Walk (accessed over the bridge) which is created from an old iron ore railway cutting. NGT visited on the most perfect of June evenings.
SULBY GARDENS – JULY 2017
Sulby Gardens includes the original working gardens of Sulby Hall, designed in 1792 by Sir John Soane. The Hall was demolished in 1952. The current gardens consist of a restored Victorian walled kitchen garden, orchard and gardener’s cottage together with a further area of land which in total creates a wonderful wildlife area of around 12 acres. The gardens have been designated as a Local Wildlife Site by the Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust. We were able to spend a glorious afternoon at the Gardens, supplemented by a tour of the Soane-designed stables, courtesy of Mr & Mrs Sandercock to whom we are extremely grateful. The afternoon ended with a picnic in the grounds of Sulby Gardens, wandering at will, and enjoying every minute of the sunshine on that day.
Sulby Gardens is open to the public on NGS days – please see https://www.ngs.org.uk/ for further details
In June 2017 NGT members visited Stoneleigh Park to hear of Jane Austen’s connections there…..