Garden Visits

It was with huge regret that we had to postpone our visits earlier this year to the National Collection of Hellebores and Badminton House and Gardens – they will both take place next year.

However, I am delighted to tell you that we may yet be able to carry out our garden and exhibition visit on 9th September this year.  At the moment both venues plan to be open for us and as they are both outdoor visits it does not seem that we are running too much of a risk.


9 September, 2020 – A Garden Visit in Lambourn Woodlands followed by a Sculpture Exhibition in Aldbourne

Due to Coronavirus restrictions and not wishing to take any risks this will now be a SELF DRIVE visit.  Directions and details can be found on the email sent to you on 1 July asking for serious expressions of interest in this visit.  Do please mention it to your AS member friends if you think they might not open their emails.

A form for you to express intent is at the end of these notes.

We shall visit the exceptionally fine traditional English garden of Rooksnest in Lambourn Woodlands, Berkshire by kind permission of the Sackler family.  Mostly designed by Arabella Lennox-Boyd the 10 acres also feature many specimen trees and fine shrubs, terraces and an orchard.  On arrival we will have refreshments and after the garden visit will travel on to Aldbourne (1/2 hour) in Wiltshire for a light lunch before exploring the sculptures especially mounted for the exhibition below.

‘Sculpture in the Landscape 2020’ is mounted by the Friends of the Garden which is a voluntary organisation which organises biennial exhibitions of sculpture and bursary programmes for contemporary sculptors. Their exhibitions programme is undertaken in partnership with Pound Arts and forms part of its Arts Rural Touring programme. The Friends of the Garden tell us:

“This, our seventh sculpture exhibition, will be our last! It promises to be a very special event indeed featuring a selection of over 50 sculptors who have exhibited with us since 2007. We are delighted that so many, including Philip Simmonds, Mel Fraser, Ian Marlow, Johannes Von Stumm, Helen Sinclair, John O’Connor and Penny Hardy will be back with us. All work will be for sale.

 We have also been given a most wonderful site – a 5 acre landscaped garden which in 1969 showed work by 18 prominent  contemporary sculptors of the day. They included Roger Leigh, Hubert Dalwood, Henry Moore, Wiliam Pye and Austin Wright. We plan to have a feature about this exhibition, including several pieces by at least two of these artists, in our popup shop.

Our 2019 bursary programme is currently underway and as a result we look forward to supporting three MA graduates each of whom will work with an artist mentor to produce new work for the exhibition.”

Carolyn Adams

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Postponed to 2021 – A Visit to The National Collection of Hellebores

We are invited to visit the National collection of Hellebores by grower Juliet Davis – Kapunda plants near Bath.  Beginning the visit at 11am with refreshments in the grape house, we shall then be guided around the garden by Juliet whilst she explains the history of the garden and the development and growing of the Hellebores and answers questions as we go.  We will also look at the propagating greenhouse and there will be plants for sale.  Self drive to Southstoke Lane BA2 5SH. £12 pp. There is a good pub in Midford if people fancy booking there for lunch afterwards. 
Booking will be taken at the January and February meetings.


Postponed to 2021 – A Visit to Badminton House & Gardens

By kind permission of the Duke of Beaufort we are fortunate to have the opportunity to take a guided tour of both Badminton House and Gardens and, in addition, are invited to visit Miranda, Dowager Duchess of Beaufort’s private garden in Little Badminton (with the most beautiful roses, all planned and laid out by the Duchess, who also played a big hand in the gardens at the “big house”).  With its interesting history, outstanding park position and lovely gardens this morning visit should be a real treat.  09:30 start, self drive with further details available nearer to the booking time.

Carolyn Adams