Tuesday 14 March – Lamport Hall Gardens a talk by Andrew Mikolajski
7.45 pm Riseley Village Hall
Andrew Mikolajski is a writer, horticultural consultant and lecturer. He will talk to us about Lamport Hall Gardens in Northamptonshire which we plan to visit on 16 May.
“The Hall is set in approximately 10 acres of tranquil gardens, the result of over 450 years of love and dedication, enclosed by a spacious park. …Today the gardens include extensive herbaceous borders and shrubbery walks containing some rare and interesting plants, providing year round interest. The walled cutting garden was replanted in 2010 and is full of unusual tall perennial plants, many sourced from Piet Oudolf’s nursery. Thought to be one of the largest cutting gardens in England, a vibrant array of colour and variety of plants are intersected by gravelled pathways. Hidden doors and relaxing benches are to be found“
Late April – Spring morning walk guided by Andrew Gell to end with pub lunch – date and location to be arranged.
Tuesday 16 May – visit to Lamport Hall Gardens – talk and guided tour. Followed by pub lunch.
Tuesday 13 June – evening visit to Walnut Cottage, Chawston, Bedfordshire. Over 2000 species give year round interest. Bulbs, herbaceous, water, bog plants, ferns, grasses, shrubs, trees, coppiced paulownias. Rare, exotic and unusual plants. Large pond, level grass paths. 1 acre young trees and shrubs. 2500sq metre glasshouse growing Chinese vegetables.
Friday 14 July - Riseley Garden walk and social – cheese and wine
Sunday 25 June or Wednesday 19 July - Possible visit to Susan Young’s garden Park End Thatch in Stevington – to be confirmed