Members among the snowdrops at Camerton Court, early 2017 (photo: Anne Hills)

The Trust holds regular visits and meetings to inform our members. Guests are always welcome to attend and join us in visits to some parks and gardens not normally open to the public.

Booking is required for these visits so we can cater for the numbers attending. Please use the booking forms linked from each event and you will receive further details and confirmation of your place.

Advanced booking for future AGT events is advised, but late booking can always be accepted if space on the event allows.

E-mail our Events Coordinator, Peter Hills for more information about Avon Gardens Trust Events

Events for 2018

Saturday 6 October, 1.30pm

Annual General Meeting
followed by a talk:
Veitch – Plant Hunters and Pioneers with Caradoc Doy

This talk is a brief history of a remarkable nursery which sent twenty-three plant collectors to many countries, mainly during the Victorian period.

William and Thomas Lobb, Richard Pearce, John Gould Veitch and Peter Veitch, Frederick Burbidge, Charles Maries, Ernest Wilson and others all worked for the Veitch Nurseries of Exeter and Chelsea. So successful were they that there is scarcely a garden in the British Isles that does not contain a plant derived from their introductions.

This talk highlights some of the well-known and interesting varieties introduced by these pioneering plant hunters who discovered many hundreds of new species. Caradoc Doy will also introduce us to one of the designers used by the Veitch Nursery, Frederick William Meyer, the pioneer of rockery design in the Victorian era. A Meyer rockery was recently discovered at Backwell, North Somerset.

Caradoc is a gardening storyteller. As well as discussing important personalities, plant collectors and beautiful plants, his talks also give an insight into the social history of the time. His talks appeal to the gardener and non-gardener alike. Caradoc travels widely throughout the British Isles giving talks and garden tours. Caradoc has been researching the history of the Veitch Nurseries of Exeter & Chelsea for many years and this illustrated talk centres on this remarkable family business and their plant hunters.

Light lunch/finger buffet and refreshments will be served between the AGM and talk.
This is a free event for Members and £5 for Guests
Please book using the form available here

The Apostle Room, Clifton Cathedral, Clifton Park, Bristol BS8 3BX Map


Caradoc Doy

Saturday 20th October, 2.00pm

Autumn Colours of South Kelding

South Kelding in Upton Cheyney is a young 7 acre garden set on a hillside with stunning panoramic views from its upper levels. There are herbaceous and shrub beds, prairie-style scree beds, orchard, native copses and a small arboretum grouped by continents. Beyond the arboretum lie a large wildlife pond and a boundary stream which runs through woodland featuring shade and moisture-loving plants.

Autumn colour features in the red and yellow-stemmed dogwoods, spindle copses, acers, rowans and liquidambers, with the white, pink and coppery textured bark of different birch tree species providing an attractive contrast to the changing leaf colours. Up by the house the bergenias, echinaceas and sedums in the scree beds offset the waving flowerheads and stems of Miscanthus and Stipa grasses

Cost of the visit is £8 for Members, £10 for Guests and includes refreshments
Book using the form available here

South Kelding, Wilmot’s Lane, Upton Cheyney, Bristol BS30 6LY Map

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