Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7NS & Much Birch, HR2 8HZ
Wednesday 12 June, 10.00am – 4.30pm
Garden visits and picnic trug included
Today’s event starts at Weston Hall which dates back to the 16th century. It has
been in the Aldrich-Blake family for four generations, and each has left its mark on
the house and gardens.
The grounds extend to some six acres. A large and productive walled garden
encloses herbaceous borders, a formal pool, vegetables and fruit, the whole
overlooked by a folly built to mark the millennium. A sweeping lawn to the west of
the house with its magnificent cedars is also home to some interesting and unusual trees and shrubs. This leads on to a meadow and orchard with a small lake beyond
surrounded by some fine specimen trees. We will then make the short journey to The Laskett Gardens where we will have a picnic lunch with fizz!
Sir Roy will welcome our guests in the Colonnade Court and share the story of
how the garden is forever evolving “like a painting that is never fi nished”. Over
almost four decades Sir Roy and his late wife, designer Dr Julia Trevelyan Oman,
transformed a four-acre field into a series of stunning garden rooms, vistas, ascents and descents.
These include a rose garden, pleached lime avenue, orchard, knot garden,
fountains, statuary and parterres, as well as a spectacular array of topiary and rich herbaceous and prairie-style borders, and there is always something new to see, such as the stunning new Belvedere offering a scenic viewpoint of the gardens. Uniquely, the garden tells the story of both their marriage and their creative lives in the arts. The gardeners Shaun Cadman and Philip Teague will be happy to talk with guests as they wander around the garden.
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