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Ebrington gardening club

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Noticeboard by Adam No Comments »

The summer show at Ebrington was held a week earlier than usual on llth August. However we had plenty of entries in most of the classes — flowers, vegetables, cookery and children’s classes were particularly well supported. In all, there were more than 430 entries throughout the show.

A special feature of the afternoon was the presentation of the Peter Righton Cup for the best dahlia in the show. Following his death last year, it was felt that it would be a fitting tribute to Peter to establish a new award, recognising his love of dahlias. His widow, Barbara, presented the award, and it was won for the first time by their son Kevin.

The chairman, John Massey, thanked the Drinkwater family for allowing the use of their barn for the show. The club really appreciated it. Jo Spark presented Dorothy Drinkwater with a bouquet of flowers. John drew attention to the bronze medal on display which had been won by the club at this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show. Many thanks to Barry and Sally Sabin who had prepared and set up the winning hanging basket and window box for the competition on our behalf.

As always, the success of the show was down to the hard work of all those committee members, judges, friends and volunteers who had given their time to prepare the barn and set everything up to run smoothly on the day. He thanked every one who had entered the show and who had helped to make the day a success. Everything had gone very well – even the weather was beautiful, bringing out the crowds to enjoy the sunshine.

(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. Included with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

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Batsford Arboretum – Autumn is a good time to visit

Events, Features, Places by Tony 1 Comment »

28th October – Golden Leaf Sunday – the Arboretum at it’s colourful best
Batesford in the Autumn (c) Batsford Foundation
Autumn is the perfect time to visit the Arboretum near Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds. It will be looking wonderful with the autumn colours coming in early this year with an explosion of reds, golds and yellows and the Maples providing the richest colours.

In September the sugary scented Katsura Tree is one special attraction. The tree is native to Japan and China and a scent is produced by the leaves resembling burnt brown sugar or cotton candy.

Also in September the Mulberry Tree will fruit. The dark red, almost black fruits, are similar to blackberries in appearance but are very juicy with an intense sweet sharp flavour. Shakespeare had a famous Mulberry Tree, of which there are descendants at Kew, and it is said that he had taken it from the Mulberry garden of James I and planted it in his garden at New Place, Stratford-on-Avon, in 1609.

Since 1984 the Arboretum has been run by a charitable trust – The Batsford Foundation -to ensure it’s future and in 2002 it was recognised by the National Council for theConservation of Plants and Gardens (N.C.C.P.G.) as holding the National Plant Collection of Japanese Flowering Cherries (Prunus (sato-sakura group)).

The Estate is the former home of the Mitford girls who all lived at Batsford during the first world war. The oldest, Nancy, based the early part of her novel “Love in a cold climate” on their time at Batsford.

The Estate was sold in 1919 to Gilbert Wills, later the 1st Lord Dulverton and his wife Victoria took a great interest in the garden making many additions to it’s plant stock including the Handkerchief Tree and some fine Copper Beeches.

During the second world war the gardens were neglected and became overgrown until Frederick Wills succeeded his father as 2nd Lord Dulverton in 1956. He had a great passion for trees and proceeded throughout the 1960s to halt the decline. He consolidated the existing collections and added a multitude of other trees to The Estate. He was responsible for raising the status of Batsford to an Arboretum of international standing.

The collection at Batsford now covers a wide range of plants from around the world with an emphasis on the Far East. There are over 3050 labelled specimens including about 1600 different trees, shrubs and bamboo.

Prominent collections include:-

Acer(Maples), Magnolias, Prunus, Bamboo, Sorbus(Mountain Ash and Whitebeams), Quercus(Oak) and Pinus(Pine)

Batsford Arberetum
Batsford Park
Moreton-in-Marsh
Gloucestershire
GL56 9QB

Telephone 01386 701441

www.batsarb.co.uk

Open daily from 10.00 am to 4.45 pm

www.nccpg.com

Bourton House wins HHA/Christie’s Garden of the Year Award

Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

Bourton House. Photo (c) Julia MaudlinBourton House , Bourton on the Hill has won the HHA/Christie’s 2006 Award.

Awarded annually since 1984 this prestigious award, sponsored by Christie’s, is given to a Historic Houses Association (HHA) Member garden which has been voted for by the Friends throughout the year. A presentation is made to the winning garden in the early summer of the year after the year in which the votes for it have been cast.

Previous winners include Kiftsgate Court in 2003.

The HHA represents 1500 privately owned historic houses,castles and gardens throughout the UK. These are listed buildings or designated gardens, usually Grade I or II* and are often outstanding

www.hha.org.uk

Bourton House Garden was opened to the public in 1987. Following the natural contours of the landscape the garden is on many levels with each area flowing into the next, all full of colour with a combination of both traditional and unusual flowers and shrubs and some wonderful deep herbaceous borders.

The Grade I listed Tithe Barn, has a dedication stone dated 1570 with the initials RP for the then owner Richard Palmer, and is now used

100 Years of Hidcote Manor Gardens – Restoring the garden to its heyday

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Noticeboard, Places by Adam No Comments »


Following on from July’s article…

After Lawrence Johnston’s death on 27 April 1958, the National Trust sought to let the manor house in order to raise some funds to help to maintain Hidcote Manor garden and had a freer hand to manage the garden. The furnishings in the house had already been sold at a sale at the property in late 1956 and then work was done to bring the house into a suitable state for letting.

Several prospective tenants were interviewed in September 1958 by the secretary of the National Trust. This resulted in a fourteen year tenancy at a rental of £250 a year being offered to Sir Gawain Bell who accepted it and undertook to furnish Hidcote as soon as possible. His intention was to make Hidcote his home when he retired from the Foreign Office in 1960.

It was evident in these early years that the National Trust had an annual deficit of some £1,000 to £2,000 each year in the running of Hidcote and this shortfall had to be found from the gardens fund. Consequently, when structures in the garden, such as the plant house by the lily pond, fell into disrepair consideration was given to whether to repair or demolish it. Although it was initially decided to repair it, the lack of funds led to a decision to demolish it. Sir Edward Salisbury, director of Kew, visited to identify which plants should be retained in a smaller plant shelter elsewhere in the garden. Read the rest of this entry »

100 years of Hidcote Manor Garden continued

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Places by Adam 1 Comment »


In the June Bulletin, the events of 100 years ago when Lawrence Johnston and his mother, Mrs Gertrude Winthrop, came to Hidcote Manor and then the subsequent creation of Hidcote Manor garden leading up to its heyday in the 1930s were recalled. In this article, the transfer to the National Trust in 1948 and subsequent developments at Hidcote up to Lawrence Johnston’s death in 1958 are covered.

In the 1930s, Lawrence Johnston was actively engaged in seeking plants for Hidcote or for his garden at Serre de la Madone at Menton on the south coast of France. He was both a sponsor of, and went on, plant hunting expeditions to places such as Formosa (Taiwan) and to Yunnan in China. When he was at Hidcote, he led an active social life as his diaries for 1929 and 1932 show that there were many coming to see the garden or to play tennis. Towards the end of the 1930s when he was in his late 60s, he spent his summers at Hidcote and the winter months at Serre de la Madone.

During the second World War he was concerned about the taxation associated with living in England and began to consider what he should do about Hidcote. James Lees-Milne, whose parents used to live at Wickhamford, records in his diary that in February 1943 at a luncheon organised by Sibyl Colefax, an influential figure in London society who is mentioned a few times in Lawrence Johnston’s diaries, Johnston took him aside to ask if the National Trust would take over Hidcote without endowment after the war when he intended to live in the south of France for good.

Following the end of the war, Sibyl Colefax wrote in April 1947 to James Lees-Milne who was then working for the National Trust to say “I was over at Hidcote with Vivien Leigh Saturday. Laurie Johnston wants to give Hidcote to the N. T. now. So do get him tied up. You see he is not gaga but has no memory. He told me, indeed took me away specially to talk of this.” Read the rest of this entry »

Ebrington wins Bronze Medal

Features, Food and Produce by Tony 2 Comments »

Ebrington Gardening Club EntryEbrington and District Gardening Club wins a Bronze Medal at Hampton Court

It is the first time that the Club has entered the famous “The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show” in London and they came away with a bronze medal, which was a great achievement.

They entered the “Window Box & Hanging Basket Competition, Class WB2″ The Theme was “Edible” and the title of their entry was “Feathered Food Fantasy.”

The entry contained strawberries,nasturtiums and tomatoes with members of the club providing suggestions for the contents.

Barry and Sally Sabin prepared several entries and then chose the best one on the day. Their choice was proved right!.

Well done to all involved.

50 best gardens to visit this summer

Features, Places by Tony 3 Comments »

50 best gardens to visit this summer and six of them are within easy drive of Little Gidding, Ebrington.

The Daily Telegraph Gardening identified the 50 Best Gardens to visit this summer – “Inspirational,uplifting,educational or simply gorgeous – these gardens should not be missed.”
Sudeley Castle Gardens (c) Rick, ligthelm.multiply.com

Sudeley Castle Gardens, Winchcombe,Gloucestershire – half an hour away. “Famous for its rose collection,this organic garden also has herbaceous borders, a wildflower meadow, a knot garden and a romantic garden around the ruined banqueting hall”

www.sudeleycastle.co.uk

Stone House Cottage Garden and Nursery, Kidderminster, Worcestershire – 1 hour away. “A romantic garden set in an old walled kitchen garden where unusual brick follies adorn the walls. In the adjoining

Whichford Pottery – the Dry Garden event

Events, Features, Places by Tony 1 Comment »

14th July Saturday/15th July Sunday – 10am to 5pm

Whichford Pottery is based near Shipston on Stour and was established in 1976 by Jim and Dominique Keeling. It is a family run business which has become very well known throughout the UK and is committed to making only the best classic hand- made English Flowerpots.

They employ and train local people and have a thriving apprenticeship scheme.

Whilst they are steeped in tradition they are not always old fashioned and pride themselves in producing innovative and well-thought out designs as well as creating special commissions and personalising flowerpots.

In July they are having one of their special events – The Dry Garden- when they will have Pots, Plants and drought-proof ideas for the arid areas of your garden.

There will be special offers on Pots, Pottery Tours, Willow Weaving and Home-Made Teas.

On both days there will also be two informal talks (free of charge) :-

“Succulent Gems” at 11am by Succulent and Cactus Expert Gillian Evison

“Pots for Hot Spots” at 2.30pm by Whichford Pottery Head Gardener Harriet Rycroft

Plants will be on sale throughout the weekend from Pennard Plants with grasses, agapanthus and perennials and from the Oxford Branch of the British Cactus & Succulent Society.

www.whichfordpottery.com

100 years of Hidcote Manor Garden

Chipping Campden Bulletin by Adam 2 Comments »


It is one hundred years ago since Lawrence Johnston and his mother, Mrs Gertrude Winthrop, came to Hidcote Manor. On 22 June 1907. The Times advertised the Hidcote Manor estate, described as a valuable freehold farm comprising some 287 acres and 34 perches to-be sold by auction at the Noel Arms in Chipping Campden on Tuesday 2nd July 1907, with possession on 29th September 1907 – Michaelmas day, when most agricultural leases began and ended. The advertisement said that the farm would be sold together with the: very substantial and picturesque farm house, stone built, with, entrance hall, fine oak staircase, three sitting rooms, eight bedrooms, two box rooms, and usual offices, with lawns and large kitchen garden.

It went on to note that: the farm is particularly healthy, being situate on a spur of the Cotswolds at an elevation of from 500 to 800 feet above sea level and from it extensive views of the counties of Warwick, Worcester and Gloucester can be obtained. Meets of the Warwickshire, North Cotswold and Haythrop [sic] Hounds are within easy distance, and the partridge shooting on the estate is good. Read the rest of this entry »

The Kiftsgate Rose is the largest rose in the UK.

Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

Kiftsgate Court Gardens have been chosen as one of the top ten rose gardens to visit in July

The Telegraph Gardening supplement voted Kiftsgate Court Gardens, near Chipping Campden as No.3 in the top ten rose gardens to visit . Kiftsgate Court is world famous for its Kiftsgate Rose which is the largest rose in the UK at almost 60ft high. The Kiftsgate rose flowers for about three weeks from the beginning of July and is a spectacular sight not to be missed.

The gardens themselves are a plantsman’s delight and at any time of the year there is something of interest to see. The Upper Gardens surrounding the house are planted to give harmonious colour schemes whilst the lower gardens provide a home for plants from warmer climates.

Opening times – July : Daily except Thursday and Friday: 12 noon – 6pm

August and September: Sunday Monday and Wednesday: 2pm -6pm

www.kiftsgate.co.uk

Come and stay at Little Gidding and visit Kiftsgate, which is only 10 minutes away by car (we also have a lovely circular walk to take in both Kiftsgate and Hidcote and the Cotswold countryside, if you prefer to get to the gardens at a slower pace) plus all the other famous local gardens in the Cotswolds.

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