“The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives.” Gertrude Jekyll
Enjoy an unmissable after dark spectacle of lights at RHS Garden Wisley this festive season. Join us on a magical adventure to Wisley Glow, and see the garden in breath-taking beauty as amazing illuminations light your way on a wonderful new route. This year, the garden will glow even brighter with more light, fire and fountain displays than ever before. Be wowed by an amazing horticultural display inside the Glasshouse with a white Christmas theme.
Glow 2022 | RHS Garden Wisley / RHS Gardening
Hill Close Gardens, Warwick. A unique chance to visit sixteen rare survivals of Victorian pleasure gardens within the town of Warwick. Each has been restored to capture the personalities and planting of their original owners and includes a mixture of fruit, flowers, a grassed area and heritage vegetables. Hill Close Gardens have an extremely wide range of horticulture with many rare and ‘at risk’ plants, particularly in plot 17 and the Victorian glasshouse. There are 8 historic Victorian summer houses and their visitor centre offers information about the history of the gardens.
The National Arboretum located near Burton-on-Trent, is the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance which is home to over 400 symbolic memorials. Situated across a 150-acre site, amongst 25,000 maturing trees, the memorials pay tribute to those who have served our country, including the Armed Forces, civilian and emergency services, and UK charities. The Arboretum features a contemporary visitor centre, events building, woodland walks, land train tours, exhibitions, restaurant, coffee shop and gift shop.
Pashley Manor, East Sussex
We will spend 3 hours at the award-winning Pashley Manor Gardens to coincide with their stunning Tulip Festival which features 35,000 tulips in one hundred and twelve different varieties, planted in colour themed garden ‘rooms’. Yet more tulips are on display as cut flowers in the ‘Bloms Bulbs’ marquee. The gardens also feature a Bluebell Walk which is often in flower around the same time as the tulips.
A guided tour is included when we arrive and there is time for lunch afterwards in their café if you wish (or take a picnic which may be eaten in the car park field).
For more information go to: www.pashleymanorgardens.com/events/tulip-festival/
We then move on to Caxton House (NGS) to explore the owners’ private gardens and enjoy a home-made cream tea before we return home.
The gardens include an Arboretum with wildflower garden, two well stocked ponds, a large collection of hellebores and spring flowers. There is also a small Gothic folly built by the owners.
The gardener, Richard, will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. For more information go to: