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

Wednesday 25th April, 10.00am

Repton Study Day at Leigh Court

A celebration of the work of Humphry Repton; the last great landscape designer of the 18th century and bellwether of the 19th century garden.

Talks by David Lambert, Stephen Daniels, Ben Lennon and Michael Richardson followed by a guided tour. Buffet lunch included.

Full details here

Tickets £60, including refreshments and buffet lunch.
Book using the form available here

Leigh Court, Abbots Leigh, Bristol BS8 3RA Map

Organised by Gloucestershire Gardens & Landscape Trust and Avon Gardens Trust

Thursday 3rd May, 1.30pm

Spring Time at Parish’s House

Jackie Hamblen, the Head Gardener, will escort us on a tour of these extensive gardens. Parish’s House is a private house set in an early 19th century landscape park, with lawns, shrub and herbaceous borders, water features, arboretum, walled kitchen garden and woodland walk.

There is a mixture of formal and informal elements, old and new planting broadly bounded by mature trees and a young arboretum featuring maples, spruce and cedar. To the south of the house, a lawn slopes down to the ha-ha where there are specimen copper beech and walnut trees. On the east side of the house is a large, irregularly shaped kitchen garden still in active use.

Members £12; Guests £15, and includes refreshments.
Book using the form available here

Parish’s House at the Parks & Gardens database here

Parish’s House, Hook Hill, Timsbury, Bath BA2 0ND Map

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd June

Little Naish

Featuring 2 walled gardens set in 2 acres comprising kitchen garden, shrubs, herbaceous borders, specimen trees and meadow; this was formerly a market garden. Now restored to follow the format of a mid-20th century garden, the original Georgian walls and bothys set above the Gordano Valley are a haven of wild life activity.
Refreshments, plant sales and books available.

Little Naish is open 11am until 5pm for the 2 days as part of Portishead in Bloom Open Gardens weekend.

A ticket to Little Naish allows entry to many other gardens as part of the Portishead In Bloom weekend. No booking required.

Little Naish, Naish Hill, Clapton in Gordano BS20 7RZ Map

Wednesday 27th June, 10.30am

Visit to Stancombe Park

Stancombe Park is a gem nestled in a hidden valley near North Nibley and it is for good reason Historic England have given the gardens its coveted Grade 1 status. The largely formal gardens near the house were designed and laid out in the late 20th century and include the 50m long Pattern Border.

The main, earlier 19th century garden lies around a large pool in the valley and is reached by a winding terraced path. A series of pools, niches, alcoves, winding tunnels, sunken pool, Doric Temple, and an Egyptian Court are just some of the features to be admired. The creation of this water garden was created by Purnell Bransby Purnell soon after he moved to Stancombe Park in 1813.

Entry to gardens is £8 for Members; Guests £10
Book using the form available here

Stancombe Park at the Parks & Gardens database here

Stancombe Park, Dursley GL11 6AY Map

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
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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