Jenny's Tours

Jenny Raworth Garden Days 2017


          


Special Visits for Small Groups to Private Gardens


After several years giving classes on flower arranging and dried flower arranging, I wrote five books on the subject and made some appearances on television programmes.

But my passion has always been gardening and so fifteen years ago I set up Jenny Raworth Garden Days.  I now specialise in taking small groups to private gardens, especially those which are not normally open to the public.  Group numbers are strictly limited so that we can all anjoy the experience and talk at ease to the owners.  Lunch is always included and this is an important social part of the tour.  Usually I can persuade the garden owners to give us lunch in their beautiful homes and they join in, which is very intimate and special.

My tours always fill up quickly.  If you would like to be on my mailing list, please email me with your details at jraworth@gmail.com

Jenny


Jenny Raworth 
7 St.George’s Road, St.Margarets,Twickenham, TW1 1QS
Tel: 0208 892 3713
Email: jraworth@gmail.com
Web: www.jennyraworth.com


 

Garden Days 2017
 

DAY 1 Wiltshire and Hampshire Gardens               FULL
 

Thursday, 8th June £120
 

Redenham Park
Chisenbury Priory
 

DAY 2 Oxfordshire & Gloucestershire Gardens     FULL

Wednesday, 14th June £120
 

Asthall Manor

Oxlease Farm
 

DAY 3 Gloucestershire Gardens
 

Thursday, 15th June £120
 

Bourton House

Rockcliffe
 

DAY 4 Berkshire Gardens
 

Wednesday, 28th June £120
 

Earlstone Manor

Woolton Hill House
 

DAY 5 Oxfordshire Gardens
 

Tuesday, 5th September £120
 

Woolstone Mill House

Radcot House

 

DAY 1
 

WILTSHIRE & HAMPSHIRE GARDENS

THURSDAY 8TH JUNE 2017

REDENHAM PARK, ANDOVER, HAMPSHIRE

LADY OLIVIA CLARK

Lady Clark’s home is like the setting for a Jane Austin novel with parkland and

ancient cedars with scattered sheep surrounding the house. The roses will be

wonderful at this time of the year in the enclosed rose garden with a circular pond

and lime walk leading to a moon gate. The swimming pool garden and pool house

has huge pots of scented plants and is a complete oasis. More roses and climbing

plants overflow on the walls and pergolas and there are well tended herbaceous

borders full of interesting plants. The kitchen garden is immaculate and has

interesting greenhouses full of plants for the house. This garden is rarely open to

the public so this is a unique opportunity.

LUNCH – will be served in the swimming pool garden at Redenham Park
 

CHISENBURY PRIORY,

This beautiful house and wonderful garden is owned by Mr & Mrs John Manser.

The house stands in 5 acres of mouth-watering gardens with fine trees, herbaceous

borders on either side of the river which flows through the garden edged with lush

moisture loving plants. I love the orchard with a mown grass path winding through

wildflowers leading to a carp pond. The two borders in the forecourt of the house

were redesigned by Tom Stuart Smith in 2009. There is a spectacular modern

wrought- iron rose covered pergola on the lawn behind the house leading down to

the river. The stream running through the garden is edged with willows together

with hostas and gunnera. There are a number of smaller gardens beside the house

planted with alliums, iris and sweet peas and roses. This is an exceptional garden

that everyone loves.

MEET: Redenham Park, near Andover

FINISH: 4.00pm

OWN TRANSPORT: Directions sent with confirmation

PRICE: £120 includes coffee, delicious lunch with wine
 

DAY 2
 

OXFORDSHIRE & GLOUCESTERSHIRE GARDENS

WEDNESDAY, 14TH JUNE 2017

ASTHALL MANOR, BURFORD

Asthall Manor overlooks the beautiful Windrush Valley and dates from the early

seventeenth century. It is famously the family home of the Mitford sisters and their

family. It is now owned by Rosie Pearson who holds the biannual ‘on form’

sculpture exhibition in the garden. The garden was designed by I & J Bannerman

in 1998 and has a beguiling mixture of old and modern designs with sloping box

parterres, wild flowers, a turf sculpture and a hidden lake. There are tree houses in

the trees and ropes for the kids to swing on over the water! The planting is very

free with cow parsley, roses, peonies and iris spilling over onto the gravel paths.

The front of the house is covered in climbing roses with yellow verbascums and

alchemilla mollis crowding in on the wide path . A very romantic garden.
 

LUNCH will be served at Oxlease Farm, Filkins
 

OXLEASE FARM, FILKINS, NEAR BURFORD

Mr & Mrs Charles Mann

Mrs.Mann, known as ‘Chipps’, has created a really charming garden around their

farmhouse. There are wonderful borders and different areas round every corner.

There is a vegetable potager and greenhouse, water and very clever topiary to give

lots of interest and form to this garden throughout the year. The large terrace is

covered with drifts of self seeded verbena bonariensis. Every turn in this garden

reveals a new dimension. I found this garden had so many good ideas to take

away. Chipps is a charming hostess who also runs all sorts of really useful lifestyle

courses in the Coach House barn throughout the year so be sure to pick up a leaflet!
 

MEET: 10.30AM Asthall Manor for coffee

FINISH: 3.30PM
 

OWN TRANSPORT: Directions sent with confirmation

PRICE: £120 includes coffee, 2 course lunch with wine.
 

Day 3
 

GLOUCESTERSHIRE GARDENS

THURSDAY, 15TH JUNE 2017

BOURTON HOUSE, MORETON-IN-MARSH
 

Mr.Roelof Quintus

This stunning 18th Century house stands within 3 acres of a really immaculate

garden. It was originally owned and created by Mrs Monique Paice with the help

of their dedicated head gardener, Paul Nicholls. Mr Quintus who now owns the

property has continued to keep the garden at a very high standard and even

extending some of the different areas. The garden has the best collection of topiary

in the country, every piece kept in pristine condition. The planting is inspirational

with stunning colour combinations using rare and exotic plants. Different areas

include the knot garden, parterre, topiary walk and a shade house and massive

herbaceous borders on different level terraces. I love the greenhouses growing

tender plants and wonderful things for the house. Topiary is spectacular in the Knot

garden with the basket pond at its centre. Although we are visiting the garden on a

morning when it is open to the public, we will have a private tour with Head

Gardener, Paul Nicholls. This is certainly not a garden to be missed!

Lunch will be served at Rockcliffe
 

ROCKCLIFFE, STOW ON THE WOLD

Mrs Emma Keswick

Emma Keswick is the owner and designer of this elegant garden surrounded by its

own parkland. The garden is a magical combination of romantic planting and

formal topiary structures. The wide terrace at the front of the house has herbs and

alpines growing amid the paving stones with spheres of clipped yew and a starshaped

topiary of clipped hyssop. The Cornus controversa ‘variegata’ trees planted

around the pool at Rockcliffe have become one of the iconic features of this

garden. There is an immaculate walled vegetable garden and on the other side the

piece de resistance are the famous topiary yew birds perching in pairs on the slope

leading up to the octagonal stone dovecote.

Mrs.Keswick has very kindly offered to give us lunch in the Orangery, which will

be a delight.
 

MEET: 10.30am for coffee at Bourton House,

Bourton-on-the-hill

FINISH: 4.00pm

OWN TRANSPORT: Directions sent with confirmation

PRICE: £120 includes coffee, lunch with wine
 

DAY 4
 

BERKSHIRE GARDENS

WEDNESDAY 28TH JUNE 2017
 

EARLSTONE MANOR, BURGHCLERE, NR. NEWBURY

MR.& MRS .BRUCE GINSBERG

Earlstone Manor is a garden designed by Bruce Ginsburg in the style of a late 17th

century formal garden. It has a series of linked rooms with intricate box parterres,

knots and mazes framed in yew and a colonnade of hornbeam arches. There are

two viewing mounds with a spiral walkway to the top where you can sit and survey

all the garden. There is an Italianate spouting fountain and a theatre stage created

with yew hedging. There is a real chinoiserie bridge on a small ornamental

Chinese-style pond just like something on my willow pattern china plates!

This is a very private garden and never open to the public and a real

hidden treasure.
 

LUNCH will be served at Woolton Hill House, near Newbury
 

WOOLTON HILL HOUSE, WOOLTON HILL, NEAR NEWBURY

MRS ROSAMUND BROWN
 

We are returning again to Woolton House as our visit last year was so fantastic and

overbooked. This is a contemporary garden created by Mrs Rosamund Brown and

inspired by the French designer Pascal Cribier. To the left of the house is a large

sunken pool surrounded by terracing full of self seeded diorama (Angel’s Fishing

rods) growing in the cracks in the paving. The vegetable area is planted

decoratively in geometric lines and blocks of colour using grasses, vegetables and

perennials and annuals to give an amazing colour effect. There is a semperivens

gardens planted among lines of bricks in the inner circle in the walled garden. This

garden has great style and is maintained with great care.

Mrs Brown is a great art and sculpture collector. It was difficult to persuade

everyone to leave at the end last summer as viewing the wonderful art in the house

and garden was so fascinating.

The visit was inspirational last year and everyone loved it.
 

MEET: 10.30AM Earlstone Manor, Burghclere

FINISH: 3.30PM

OWN TRANSPORT: Directions sent with confirmation

COST: £120 includes coffee, delicious lunch with wine.

Two late summer gardens with wonderful design and colour to inspire you to

extend summer colour in your own garden
 

DAY 5
 

OXFORDSHIRE GARDENS

TUESDAY 5th SEPTEMBER 2017

WOOLSTONE MILL HOUSE, NEAR FARINGDON

JUSTIN & FRANCES SPINK
 

We last visited Woolstone Mill House in 2010 then owned and created by Anthony

and Penny Spink over the last 40 years. They have now moved nearby to a smaller

garden and their son Justin Spink, the very talented landscape architect and

designer, is living there with his family and has totally redesigned the garden.

Justin is a great admirer of the planting style of Piet Oudolf’s open perennial

meadows and the romantic influence of Julian & Isobel Bannerman.

The large lawn at the back of the house has been replanted with huge blocks of

perennials with a path weaving through so you seem to be in the middle of a huge

herbaceous border. There is also a bog, gravel, cutting and a vegetable garden with

lots of topiary and old-fashioned roses everywhere.
 

LUNCH will be served at Radcot House, Faringdon
 

RADCOT HOUSE, RADCOT, NEAR FARINGDON

ROBIN & JEANNE STAINER

This garden of approx. 3 acres has been completely restored and developed over

the last 12 years. Beech hedges divide the garden giving strong lines and vistas

with sculpture as a focal point. The planting round the lawns is dramatic with

unusual shrubs and grasses. There is a formal long pond in one area with

contemplative sitting seats. On the old tennis court is a garden without borders

with winding paths and a pavilion at its center with wonderful colorful planting on

either side giving the feeing of walking through the middle of a huge herbaceous

border. There is another pavilion down by the waterway with waterfowl joining

the garden to the farmland beyond. I think this garden is very inspirational and

different offering drama, surprise and contrast all in one place.

MEET: 10.30am for Coffee Woolstone Mill House

FINISH: 3.30PM

OWN TRANSPORT: Directions sent with confirmation

PRICE: £120 includes coffee, 2 course lunch with wine.

 

Notes 2017

No tickets are issued for the Garden Tours. You will be sent a receipt by email or

post on receipt of your booking.

Please note that no refunds can be given for cancellations less than 21 days of visit

unless places are filled. All cancellations at less than 21 days will attract a £20

administration charge per person.

There are only a limited number of places on each day and places are allocated on a

first come first served basis on receipt of payment. Please make cheques payable

to Jenny Raworth.

Travel to the gardens is by your own cars on all days. I will send you a detailed

description of the route. Parking is at the venues is provided.

Entry to the gardens is at your own risk and no responsibility can be made for your

car or its contents. There are sometimes hazards in gardens like slippery or uneven

surfaces and paths especially after rain. Please wear suitable footwear to avoid

accidents.

Written directions to the gardens are sent on receipt of your booking and payment

for each visit. The address and postcode of the garden is given to help you plan

your journey. I suggest you use www.multimap.com putting in your own postcode

and that of the garden to estimate how long your journey from home will take.

At each garden, we will be taken round by the owner or Head gardener who will be

able to answer all questions.

Coffee and lunch together with all garden fees are included in the price.

Lunches on each day are two courses with wine or soft drinks. All the lunches this

year will be in private houses so please let me know of any special dietary

requirements in advance so I can inform our hostess.

Really looking forward to seeing you in 2017



 
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