Upcoming Diary Dates


Thurs 5th July      7.15 for 7.30 pm   

Next SADGA meeting – Cherrill Sands will give an illustrated talk on Gardens of Surrey.

From formal 17th century examples to pleasure
grounds of the 18th century, through Arts & Crafts delights to some modern designs of the 20th century.

The talk will include Albury, Painshill, Titsey Place
and the Guildford Roof Garden by Geoffrey Jellicoe.



Sun 8th July       2-5 pm     £4.50       teas

Deepwood Stud Farm, Stubbings, SL6 6QW, near Maidenhead.  They also have an evening opening on Fri 6th July, 6-8.30 pm, £10, wine and cheese.

More details from https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/30975/


Sun 8th July           2-5 pm, £4, home made teas

The Harris Garden, University of Reading, 
Described as ‘a real gem’, the Harris Garden, in the Whiteknights campus of Reading University, is a 12 acre haven of peace and tranquillity. Planting provides yr-round interest, including notable trees, stream, pond, herbaceous borders and walled physic garden. With lots to enjoy it is an important amenity for University visitors, as well as for teaching and research. For more information https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/8279/ 


Sun 8th July       2-5.30, £5, tea and biscuit included,                                  children free

Jannaways, Newbury 
This 5 acre garden encompasses a lake naturally fed by springs. A circular walk from formal beds near the house, leads along a woodland path, crossing a weir to wild flowers and specimen trees. A pitch perfect lawn, fish pond, pagodas and many hidden gems provide visitors with a rich panoply of vistas round every corner. For more information https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/4024/ 


Sun 8th July

West Mills Allotments and Island Cottage, Newbury, 2-5, combined admission £5, children free, home made teas at Island Cottage (weather permitting)
West Mills allotments is a 120 plot site containing a wide variety of gardening styles: traditional vegetables, fruit trees and bushes, herbs, some hens and an increasing number of flowers. Visitors are welcome to come look round a working allotment and discuss the benefits and challenges of allotment ownership with our active community. For more information https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/32772  
A small town garden set between a backwater of the River Kennet and the Kennet and Avon Canal. Interesting combinations of colour and texture to look at rather than walk through, although visitors are welcome to do that too! A deck overlooks a sluiceway towards a lawn and border. Started from scratch in 2005, and mostly again after the floods of 2014. For more information https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/32770  


Mon 9th July

Our SADGA outing to Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants and Spring Pond Garden.

8.45 at Car Park 3 (opposite the new Grandstand).  Coach leaves at 9 am.


Tues 10th July     11-4      £5

Wickham House, Newbury, RG20 8HD, home-made teas and home cooked gammon rolls.

More details from https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/31818/


Weds 11th July       7.45 pm for 8 pm

Ascot Horticultural Society meeting.  Click notice for details.


Sun 15th July

Farley Hill Place Gardens, 2-5,£5, children free, home made teas
A 4 acre, C18 cottage garden. 1½ acre walled garden with yr-round interest and colour. Well stocked herbaceous borders, large productive vegetable areas with herb garden, dahlia and cutting flower beds. Enjoy wandering around the garden, with spontaneous singing from a Barber’s Shop Quartet. Victorian glasshouse recently renovated and small nursery. Plants, lovely cut flowers and produce for sale.  For more information https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/30554  


Sun 15th July

Ivydene, Woodley, Reading, 11-5, £5 children free, home made teas
Small urban gardeners’ garden with mature tree fern walkway and many unusual hostas. Overflowing herbaceous borders. The vertical garden is now mature. There is a new stumpery with many interesting ferns. A lavender bed surrounds a new pergola. The garden also features stained glass and ceramic art to complete the picture. Owner is a previous BBC Gardener of the Year finalist. For more information https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/16911/  



Weds 25th July, 11-4, £5

The Old Rectory, Farnborough, near Wantage, OX12 8NX,, home-made teas.  Once the home of John Betjeman.  Plants and home-made preserves for sale.


Sat 4th August      2pm to 4 pm

Ascot Horticultural Society Summer Show.
Do think about making some entries.  The schedule details for all shows are here.


NGS Photography Competition

Closing date 28th August

The National Garden Scheme is running its second annual photography competition in association  with BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine 

Submit photographs taken at National Garden Scheme garden openings held between 15th March and 28th August 2018 to be in with a chance of winning a great selection of prizes worth over £950 from our sponsors, WOLF-Garten.

There are six categories to get creative with and the winning image of the BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine: Fantastic Flowers category will appear in the magazine’s 2019 calendar. The judging panel will be George Plumptre, CEO of National Garden Scheme, a professional photographer and Lucy Hall, editor of BBC Gardeners’ World magazine.  So when you are out and about visiting our gardens do take your camera or phone along and take a photo or two and you never know you might take a winning photo!  For more information