In 1945 Lionel and Katharine Fortescue recognized that the terraced walled garden with seventeenth century ruins, some ten acres of good soil, and a nineteenth century house looking down the valley, was the ideal place to create their garden. Since that time there has been continual development, including Keith Wiley’s innovative New Naturalism, an Acer glade with spectacular autumn colour, Matt Bishop’s new arboretum.
Programme for the Visit
10.30 ~ Arrival and Tea/Coffee
11.15 ~ Talks by Michael Hickson VMH and David Miles on the Fortescues, the development of the garden and some unusual reminiscences of its early days.
Michael Hickson, a renowned horticulturist, former Head Gardener at Knightshayes until his retirement and a DGT founder member; was a student at The Garden House with Mr and Mrs Fortescue. David Miles, who lives locally, is an experienced horticulturist and nurseryman, is the son of the Fortescue’s first Head Gardener at The Garden House. Both Michael and David are Trustees of The Garden House with a particular remit to support the gardening team in maintaining the integrity and development of the garden.
12.30 ~ Lunch (at own cost)
1.30 ~ Tours of the garden with Michael, David and Head Gardener, Nick Haworth
Dependent on weather and numbers, we may be able to include a special visit to the tool shed. NB The programme might be altered to take account of weather.
When: Thursday 23rd April 2013
Where: The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum, Yelverton, PL20 7LQ.
Cost: £11 (DGT Members), £13 (non-members). The price includes garden entry, refreshments on arrival
How to book: Please send cheques made out to Devon Gardens Trust to:
Dr Ian Varndell, Devon Gardens Trust, Exeter Community Centre, St Davids Hill, Exeter, EX4 3RG. Booking is essential. A booking form can be downloaded here. Please book before Monday 20th April 2015.
Enquiries: to above address or | e. firstname.lastname@example.org | t. 07769 335506