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PGG AGM 2019 – Waddesdon Manor and Eythrope Gardens
October 4, 2019 : 9:30 am – 4:30 pm£20.00
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PGG AGM 2019 – Visit to Waddesdon Manor and Eythrope Gardens
The garden and manor at Waddesdon are the vision of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild who purchased 2,700 acres of land in 1874 from the Duke of Marlborough. A year later he purchased for his sister, Miss Alice de Rothschild de Rothschild, the adjoining 1,400 acres at Eythrope.
The estates and their two gardens were then created side-by-side under the formidable partnership of Baron Ferdinand and Miss Alice. Waddesdon was created to entertain and impress its many guests, while Eythrope remained more private, and that is very much the case today. Both gardens have now been restored under the stewardship of the 4th Baron Rothschild and today, Waddesdon’s fine French style Château and Victorian garden attracts over 470,000 visitors per year and is the second most visited National Trust property, famous for its Victorian carpet bedding, three dimensional planted birds, and parterre.
Eythrope’s six acre Walled Kitchen Garden has only recently been open to visitors as part of their visit to Waddesdon and is now managed and funded by the Rothschild Foundation. The walled garden at Eythrope is an exceptional example of a traditional kitchen garden managed to a very high standard and restored and redesigned by Lady Mary Keen, on the footprint of Miss Alice’s original garden with its many pit houses, cherry house, flower garden, herbaceous border and vegetable garden.
Professional Gardeners’ Guild members will be joined by members of the Gardens Department at Waddesdon and Eythrope to see many behind the scenes areas not generally on public view at both gardens while also meeting gardeners to see how they are both are managed to such a high standard.
9.30am Arrive at the Main Visitor Centre Car Park (30/40 guests). Transport to room.
9.40am – 10.00 Room for tea or coffee – Introduction and welcome from Mike Buffin, Gardens Manager.
10.00am – Split into two Groups. Group 1 Waddesdon, Group 2 Eythrope Gardens.
12.30pm – 1.00pm Lunch.
1.45pm – 4.00pm Split into two Groups. Group 1 Eythrope Gardens, Group 2 Waddesdon.
4.15pm – 4.30pm Depart.
Address and directions
Waddesdon Manor is just off the A41 between Bicester and Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. The main visitor entrance is via Silk Street. Waddesdone Manor, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Postcode: HP18 0JH
Cost for day: £20.00 which will cover tea/coffee and a scone on arrival and entrance to both gardens.