Wednesday 16 March 2016 – 7.30pm Riseley Village Hall
“Garden Design through the Ages” – Dorothy Jamieson

Dorothy Jamieson from the National Trust will come to speak to us about “Garden Design through the Ages”.  Dorothy has been a National Trust volunteer for about twenty years, beginning as a garden steward at Stowe Landscape Gardens.  She is enthusiastic about gardens from all periods and supports the National Trust’s work to maintain and restore them.  This year the Trust is joining in with the celebrations of the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown’s birth, and Dorothy has been researching his life and landscapes.  Several are within reach of Riseley and she will be bringing information with her.
Members free, Guests £2.

Possible visit to Rousham House and Gardens
Tuesday 5 July – shared transport

We are looking into the possibility of organizing a trip to Rousham House and Gardens  Rousham is about 12 miles north of Oxford, OX25 4QU.  The house is only open to visitors by prior arrangement and the cost to visit the house is £10 per person.  The gardens are open daily – cost £5. We will organize shared transport for the visit.  If you would like to join this trip please let Sue Davies know by 21 March so that we can confirm the tour of the house.  708614 or

“Rousham and its landscape garden is the work of William Kent (1685-1748). Rousham represents the first phase of English landscape design and remains almost as Kent left it, one of the few gardens of this date to have escaped alteration, with many features which delighted eighteenth century visitors to Rousham still in situ, such as the ponds and cascades in Venus’s Vale, the Cold Bath, and seven arched Praeneste, Townsend’s Building, the Temple of the Mill, and, on the skyline, a sham ruin known as the ‘Eyecatcher’.
The house, built in 1635 by Sir Robert Dormer, is still in the ownership of the same family. Kent added the wings and the stable block. The south front is almost as Kent left it, but for the replacement of the octagonal glazing with plain glass. The house retains some 17th century panelling and the original staircases, furniture, pictures and bronzes.”
Future dates:
Tuesday 5 April, 2.30 Milton Ernest Garden Centre – Terry will talk to us about Growing for Showing

Tuesday 21 June – Hitchin Lavender – shared transport

Friday 8 July – Riseley Garden Walk and Social

Late July – date to be confirmed - Evening Walk at Wimpole Hall Gardens

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