This Year's Garden Visits

June Coach Trip
Broadhatch House & Upton Grey Manor

Wednesday 19th June
9.30am – 5.00pm (approx).

Broadhatch House – a 3.5 acre garden in the Hampshire countryside. We’ll have tea/coffee and visit this private garden which is divided into different areas by yew hedges and a walled garden. Two reflective pools help break up the lawn areas; there are lots of flower borders, beds and mature trees; working greenhouses and a vegetable garden. Lots to see!Broadhatch House

Lunch – will be at The Star Inn, Bentley. The pub has an extensive menu and food must be pre-ordered via the Programme Secretary 7 days beforehand. The menu changes so all those booked on the outing will receive a link 10 days in advance of our visit. Payment for lunch will be individually to the pub on the day.The Star Inn

Upton Grey Manor – has a garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll so our visit is timely as it follows our talk in April on The Arts and Crafts Movement and its Gardens. Some of you may remember that we visited this garden in July 2016.Upton Grey Manor

We’ll be met by the owner, Rosamund Wallinger, who will tell us about the garden and its history and we’ll be given the guide which includes maps and a listing of the plants in all of the Jekyll borders. We can then explore the gardens at our own pace, tea/coffee and cake will be provided.

The cost for members is £37.00 per person; guests £40.00 per person.
Lunch to be paid for on the day, direct to the pub (having pre-ordered).

Coach: 33 seat executive coach from A&A Travel (Sussex) Ltd

Approximate timings:

  • 9.30am Leave Lavant Memorial Hall
  • 10.30am Arrive Broadhatch House
  • 12.15pm Lunch – The Star Inn, Bentley.
    NB: It is not possible to have a picnic in either garden or on the coach.
  • 1.45pm Arrive Upton Grey Manor
  • 4.00pm Leave Upton Grey
  • 5.00pm Arrive back at Lavant Memorial Hall


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Broadhatch House Garden

The Star Inn, Bentley

Upton Grey Manor

Self-Drive Garden Visit

Thursday 9th May 2024

Mark Saunders has been head gardener at this family home for 26 years and on a warm sunny day, he guided 35 members (and 3 well-behaved dogs) around the three acres of sandy loam soil.
As we walked up the drive to the front of the house Mark emphasised his policy of limiting both the use of water and weeding. Compact planting was recommended to shade soil from strong sunlight thus preventing burning.
Notable trees included an exceptionally tall Holm Oak, a venerable Cedar of Lebanon and some finely clipped yew hedges. The 18th century house had been built on Tudor foundations and with the nearby discovery of a cache of Roman coins, it was clear this area of high ground had been under continuous occupation for centuries.
As we walked over a small bridge across a stream we learnt of the benefit of frogs, toads and thrushes in helping to limit slug and snail damage to plants.
Box hedges had been successfully treated with nematodes to combat moths.
After admiring a sculptural water feature created from a fire pit, we visited the walled vegetable garden. Regular winter flooding had caused set-backs and it remains to be seen if any permanent soil damage has been sustained.
Having visited the large greenhouse, cold frames and charming potting shed we had tea and cake in the courtyard.
As the afternoon drew to a close, we all agreed it had been a wonderful visit
and we made plans to return in August at their next NGS open garden event.
The report on Mark’s excellent talk at the October 2023 meeting can also be found here
“Garden Tips from the Head Gardener”, the latest of his many visits to LHS over the years.

2023 Garden Visits

National Collection of Salvias
North Boarhunt, nr Fareham
Tuesday 19th September 2023

The rain threatened by the dark clouds fortunately held off for the duration of some 20 members’ visit to this private plantsman’s garden of almost an acre.
It was the right time of year to see the national collection of more than 300 species salvias in flower. They are dispersed through the garden, where they vie for attention in the deep borders and beds with many other interesting and unusual plants.

At the far end of the garden the shapely borders and well tended lawns gave way to a densely planted area where it seemed that nature was taking over, until you took account of the well managed planting and cultivation of the various trees and shrubs that created that lovely naturalistic impact. Here again, there were many unusual varieties rubbing shoulders with better known trees and shrubs, although often of particularly interesting varieties.
The visit ended with tea and coffee, supplemented by Lesley’s wonderful cakes.

A garden well worth visiting, not only for the salvias – a good source of ideas for one’s own garden.

Coach Outing

Thursday 22th June 2023

West Green House garden lies in a wonderful tranquil setting. A notable feature of the garden is the large lake on which there is a small island with a pavilion. The walled garden is stocked with numerous Apple trees, some pruned to form an archway, others as ‘stepover’ plants. The juxtaposition of vegetables, fruit trees and herbaceous plants was most interesting. Incredibly, the long stretches of Box hedging have so far remained unaffected by box blight and infestations of moths. The large greenhouse at the entrance to the garden was stocked with an impressive range of Geraniums and a beautiful pink Hydrangea in flower. The café seating area was a delightful place to enjoy a quiet lunch, before we moved on to Bramdean House.

Here we were treated to an introduction from the Head Gardener. She gave us a brief history explaining how the garden has developed over time. She also explained the challenges of maintaining the garden with its labour intensive plants and the issues arising from drought conditions. The garden is noted for its exceptional herbaceous borders. In particular two facing borders which stretch up the slope from the house, which are symmetrically arranged by colour and beautifully presented using a variety of invisible staking techniques. As one progresses up the slope, the walled gardens become less formal, culminating with an orchard growing in a wildflower setting. The garden hosts a wonderful variety of trees and at the time of our visit the Cornus kousa trees were looking at their best with their colourful bracts. Our group came away with many ideas on how they might improve their own herbaceous borders: a wonderful day was had by all!

Thursday 8th June 2023

Twenty-one of us visited Apuldram Roses and it was an excellent afternoon – informative, interesting and the perfect time of year to visit a nursery specialising in roses. Liz Sawday talked to us about growing roses and looking after them, especially at the moment. Lots of watering needed – at least twice a week! She reminded us that it’s very important to feed our roses too – but not to overfeed them. The instructions must be followed!

When deadheading, we should cut down to the first set of 5 leaves (or lower if necessary to rebalance) and the plant should re-flower earlier than if just the dead head is removed.

Liz passed round 3 cuttings and we had to vote for which one we thought was the sucker. Interestingly we were about evenly split between the 3 but of course only one was actually a sucker. They are always matt and acid green in colour; a stalk with 7 leaves is not necessarily a sucker.

She also showed us how they propagate new plants, inserting a bud into the stem of a short cutting – the sample was passed round. All very technical and a need to be very accurate.

After the talk we wandered around their beautiful gardens and the area where the rose plants were available to buy, before enjoying tea and cake.

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The Bishop’s Palace Gardens, Chichester
Monday 22nd & Wednesday 24th May 2023

Following his talk at our January meeting, Brian Hopkins gave a guided tour of the gardens to two groups of a dozen members.

Brian has been involved with the gardens for may years and has built up a wealth of knowledge, particularly concerning the trees, so he was the perfect guide. Our visits were just at the right time to see some of the flowering trees in full bloom. Of particular note was a superb foxglove tree Paulownia tomentosa, tulip tree Liriodrendron tulipifera, handkerchief tree Davidia involucrata and yellow buckeye Aesculus flava, a horse chestnut native to America.

As well as the magnificent trees, the gardens have many borders and beds, well planted with shrubs and herbaceous perennials, being tended by volunteers.

On a glorious early summer’s day it was good to see people of all ages using this green haven so close to the city centre, although their presence did not distract from its tranquillity.

It certainly invites repeated visits, which will be more interesting with what we learned from Brian.

2022 Garden Visits

Garden Visit – WHITEHANGER
Thursday 7th July 2022

A beautiful afternoon’s visit to this superb garden in a hilltop setting south of Haslemere, surrounded by NT woodland and centred on an intriguing Huf Haus.

Well designed beds and borders with herbaceous perennials, shrubs and trees in excellent condition, supplemented by a tranquillity pool, rockery, gabbion-walled exotic garden and a woodland walk. All of this developed from what was a derelict site 11 years ago.

The visit was rounded off relaxing by the pool, enjoying some very tasty home-made cake.

Wednesday 29th June 2022

Some 30 members spent an enjoyable evening visiting the Jill and Jon’s large garden, just across Sheepwash Lane from the Village Green.

A beautiful garden, its relaxed informality the result of an expertly thought out design. Borders and beds were packed with a cornucopia of plants, all looking as if they had naturally found their right position and maintained in excellent condition. The wide range of repeat-flowering roses in full bloom were outstanding.

Many thanks to Jill and Jon for their hospitality in sharing their lovely garden.
Proceeds from the evening were donated to the charity Perennial.

Garden Visit to Sedgwick Park
Thursday 28th April 2022

The short notice meant that only a few were able to visit this property dating from the 18th C, set in grounds of some 80 acres: parkland, meadows, woodland and formal 19th C gardens designed by Harld Peto. (Click title above for NGS page).

The view of the ship-themed water garden, the White Sea, is taken from the bridge, planted with trailing rosemary, with the idea that when in flower it will look like a waterfall from below.

The trunk of a tree that had to be cut down was sculpted on the theme of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (with Alice reading and the White Rabbit consulting his watch), as the girl who inspired Lewis Carrol, Alice Liddel, spent her honeymoon at Sedgwick Park.

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Members’ visit to MitchmereiFarm

11th February 2022

The 20 places available were quickly taken up on a first come basis. We were lucky to have nice weather, with a hint of sunshine.

This large garden, nestling in the Downs near Stoughton, was resplendent with drifts of early spring bulbs flowering in naturalistic settings: many varieties of snowdrops, winter aconites and crocus.
There was also the heady fragrance of daphne ‘Jacqueline Postill’ and mahonia and the large pond reflecting the vibrant coloured stems of the pollarded willows.

An excellent afternoon’s visit.