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Hanbury Hall gardens and Coughton Court gardens, Worcestershire
May 10, 2014Free
Left: Hanbury Hall, centre: Hanbury Hall gardens, right: Coughton Court
Hanbury Hall is a beautiful country house built in 1701 by Thomas Vernon, a lawyer and whig MP for Worcester. Surrounding the house are eight hectares (20 acres) of recreated early 18th-century gardens and 162 hectares (400 acres) of park. Features include the intricately laid out parterre, fruit garden, grove, orangery, orchard and bowling green. A walk around the park will lead you into the surrounding countryside.
Please note tea and coffee will be served at the end the tour, not at the start as it would mean walking through the gardens before we start.
The gardens at Coughton Court are of special significance. First developed in 1991, they have now reached a high degree of maturity and are recognised as being amongst the best in England. The centrepiece is the famous walled garden, with a concentration of roses and herbaceous plants. There is something for everyone in horticultural terms: a bog garden, formal lawns, vegetable garden, orchard, riverside walks, and a formal garden in the courtyard. New in 2009 was a soft fruit garden and a daffodil garden devoted to the rare Throckmorton daffodils developed by the late Dr Tom Throckmorton.
09.45 arrival at Hanbury Hall
10.00/10.15 tour of the gardens with Head Gardener, Neil Cook
12.00 free time to wander round
13.00 lunch at the tearoom, buy your own or bring a picnic
14.00 arrival at Coughton Court for tour with Head Gardener, Sam Tippen.
There is no charge for either of these gardens. Tea/coffee at Coughton Court tea room at own cost.
Contact Peter Cox, 24 Castle Ashby Road, Yardley Hastings, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN7 1EL by 26h April 2014 please.
To book online please send an email to Peter Cox with your details by 26th April 2014.
Hanbury Hall, School Road, Hanbury, Droitwich Spa, WR9 7EA from M5 exit 5 follow A38 to Droitwich; from Droitwich 4 miles along B4090.