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PGG AGM 2019 – Cliveden visit
October 5, 2019 : 1:15 pm – 5:00 pm£15.00
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PGG AGM 2019 – Visit to Cliveden
Cliveden is a large garden set high above the River Thames with stunning views to the south and west.
The garden is made up of several different areas that have a unique feel and spirit all their own. The Long Garden, Water Garden, Rose Garden, The Forecourts, The Walled Garden and The Parterre are the main areas.
The garden team have the mammoth task of the bedding changeover twice yearly, normally May/June and again in Sep/Oct. This includes the Long Garden, 11,000 plants, Parterre, 30,000 and Dukes and South Terrace bringing the total to nearly 40,000. This is a task that the whole of the team help in, volunteers are a vital part of this.
We have an enormous amount of hedging at Cliveden and we pride ourselves on doing it to the highest horticultural standards. Mainly Yew and Box, all strung out with precision! We have some fantastic topiary in the Long Garden that dates from around 1900 that is really a pleasure to do. You feel you are part of generations of gardeners who have worked on the ancient figures.
The two large herbaceous borders in the forecourts (in front of the house) were redesigned by the great plantsman and horticulturist Graham Stuart Thomas in 1968. He was gardens adviser to the National Trust and a frequent visitor to Cliveden. The two borders face east,’ cool’, and west, the ‘hot’ border. And are filled with an array of herbaceous perennials, planted for summer and autumn colour. Any gaps filled with annuals and Dahlias. The borders are pea-sticked in March/April with Hazel.
The Water Garden is an informal area begun in the late 1890s by the first Viscount Astor and further developed by his son and also by the Trust. There is an oriental feel with many of the plants coming from East. Japanese maples, Cherries, Cercidiphyllum, Wisteria and many Rhododendrons.
The Rose Garden has been redesigned in the last 4/5 years with over 900 David Austin roses being planted. The area had been a rose garden in the 1950s designed by Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe and we have gone back to an original design by him.
The iconic view that all visitors will remember is the one from the terrace overlooking the Parterre. Eight beds either side, surrounded by box with 18 Yew obelisks beds on all corners. The head gardener of the 1850s, John Fleming, first planted the ribbon bedding we have reintroduced today. When in full colour the view from the terrace is stunning and one not forgotten.
We have had HBBTP trainees at Cliveden for a number of years and sadly this is ending this year for us but we are excited to be taking on our first National Trust apprentice in September.
1.15pm – Depart for Cliveden by coach
Cost for the afternoon: £15.00 (includes coach to and from Watermill Hotel). Please book no later than 06.09.2019.