SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 2017
Our autumn visit is to Thenford Arboretum, Lord and Lady Heseltine’s private garden near Banbury, which is open on four days a year only to private groups.
There are 70 acres of arboretum and ornamental gardens. The arboretum has been created since 1977 and contains more than 3,500 different species of trees and shrubs. The layout is a horseshoe-shaped ring around the house, and closed by a lake dug in the 1970’s. There is a further eighteenth-century lake, recently restored, and an ancient yew avenue. The whole of this area clusters around the little church of Saint Mary, which is reflected in the lake.
The old walled kitchen garden is in four sections – a herb garden, an aviary, a soft-fruit garden, and a quiet sitting area with a small pool. There are new heated glasshouses. There is a tunnel of wisteria, clematis and rambler roses, and many flower beds.
There is a sculpture garden of contemporary sculpture, mainly by British artists.
It takes about two and a half hours to tour the gardens, but visitors can break off at any point and return to their starting place. Toilets, including disabled facilities, are available in the Barn, where tea and cakes may be purchased.
Please note this is an afternoon visit leaving Blockley at 12.30 and Stow-on-the-Wold at 12.45.
Cost: Members and waiting list £22, Guests £24
Please send your cheque and the completed booking form by 1 October 2017 to George Derbyshire, 53 Mosedale, Moreton-in-Marsh
GL56 0HP (01608 652586 firstname.lastname@example.org)