A full programme of visits, walks and talks to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust has been published and members can book through the on-line booking system http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/buckinghamshire-gardens-trust
Fourth quarter© Wormsley Estate. Penelope Hobhouse & Simon Johnson
The two-acre walled garden at Wormsley was built in 1740 in the most sheltered spot in this cold windswept valley high in the Chilterns. When Sir Paul Getty bought the Estate in 1985 The Walled Garden had been neglected for a number of years. Penelope Hobhouse in conjunction with Simon Johnson was commissioned to rebuild and redesign the walled garden. Following her brief, the garden was divided into four quadrants separated by brick and knapped-flint paths and buttressed yew hedges.
Two quadrants are for entertaining: a green theatre in one and a croquet lawn in another. The third is the kitchen garden, growing fruit and vegetables and backed by an array of glasshouses, The fourth quarter is a flower garden with a mix of shrubs and perennials which not only have to be in perfect form for the opera season in early summer, but to continue to perform into the autumn.
This design is still in place today although the beds and planting are constantly updated. Stewarded by Head Gardener Charlotte Tremlin and her team of gardeners, this wonderful garden is able to supply fruit, vegetables and flowers for the Estate and is also a backdrop for many of the events, weddings and parties, but more importantly, providing space for quiet contemplation.
Wormsley is the private home of the Getty family. We shall enjoy a guided tour of the two-acre former kitchen garden. With an abundance of close planting, redesigned by Penelope Hobhouse into four garden rooms.
Dogs: Assistance dogs only & must be on a lead.
£20 Refreshments included (50 places) – limited tickets still available
Please book by Friday 20th May to ensure a place.