Group Events

Our 2018 Program is given below - do come and join us - you will be most welcome.
Fuller details can be found in the Herefordshire Newsletter. Please let Jill know if
you'd like to attend and are not a member -

Lucton Court
Thursday 8th March  2pm
By kind invitation of Peter Furneaux
Cost free to members members incl. tea & cake
Lucton Court has garden of about an acre. The house is 17 th century and is mentioned
in Pevsner. The garden has some mature parts including a small orchard of heritage apples.
Two greenhouses and raised Access frames house a collection of Mediterranean bulbs and irises. Hopefully a
good number will be in flower at this time. The picture below of the wonderful pot of
Tecophilea cyanocrocus should whet the appetite! There is also a newly developed rock
garden which is really an excuse for raised beds, and several areas of newly planted
rhododendron species and hybrids.

Wednesday 2nd May  2pm
By kind invitation of Sarah Herbert
Cost: £7 to include tea and cake
A young garden where Ben Herbert began planting a small arboretum 20 years ago.
This winter clearings were made in the arboretum and more species rhododendrons,
acers and other specimen trees were planted. There is a walled garden which has
been renovated over the past 9 years and consists of blue and white herbaceous
borders surrounding a swimming pool, a vegetable garden and a rose garden. There is
also a small deciduous shrub border on the edge of woodland and a further bluebell
wood in which several magnolias and cornus were planted this winter. With any luck,
the bluebells should be coming into flower.

The Old Rectory
Monday 4th June  2.30pm
By kind invitation of Gill and Peter Stovold
Cost: £7.50 to include tea and cake
Set in 5 acres of tranquil landscape, the garden, which has evolved over the last 10
years, offers a variety of interest. There is a small vineyard which provides about 200
bottles of white wine each year, a Victorian walled fruit garden, a contemporary walled
kitchen garden sited in an area previously home to a swimming pool, a small wood, two
substantial ponds with wild fowl, a small orchard, formal and informal planting and an
array of some 40 specimen trees.

Kentchurch Court
Summer Party
Thursday 19th July – 6pm
By kind permission of Jan Lucas-Scudamore
Cost: £15 members (£20 non-members) to include supper and a glass of wine
We have a lovely treat in store for this year’s Summer Party. Not only is Jan Lucas-
Scudamore very kindly allowing us a private visit to her beautiful garden and use of the
grand dining room for supper, she will also be providing the food, and we are very
grateful for her generosity.
Whilst the 25 acre garden’s roots can be found in the picturesque landscape style,
popular during the 19 th century, Jan has very much made her mark on it. An
enthusiastic plantswoman, she has added new borders overflowing with perennials of
all sorts in the walled garden and her influence is visible everywhere. The gardens
include a working vegetable garden, providing produce to the house throughout the
year, a rhododendron wood planted by Jack Lucas-Scudamore in the late 1950s, in
which terraces, bridges, cascades and dams have been discovered, and if that’s not
enough, a Deer park with some 250 fallow deer, and many ancient trees - Yew, Sweet
Chestnut and some of the largest Field Maples in England; not forgetting the famous
'Jack of Kent's' Oak tree.

Highfield Farm
Thursday 9th August – 2.30pm
By kind permission of Jenny and Roger Lloyd
Cost: £7 to include tea and cake
On moving back to the home farm two years ago, Jenny and Roger set about reclaiming
and developing the 2 acre garden. Structural elements like a potager, small orchard,
gravel garden, new glasshouse and tunnel were installed and, after removing several
mature trees and undergrowth, a garden is emerging. It is formal around the house and
progresses through meandering perennial borders and shrub walks into a natural wood
setting. The plant selection is considered and varied with an emphasis on spring
flowering shrubs and large, summer flowering perennials. Still very much in
development and Jenny and Roger would appreciate any thoughts, guidance or advice.

Rhodds Farm
Saturday 1st September 2pm
By kind permission of Richard and Cary Goode
Cost: Free to attend the AGM at 2pm, £8 for subsequent garden visit - including tea and
Our hosts are kindly opening specially for us and are allowing us to use the tea-pavilion
for the AGM. As always, we will get the business of the AGM over as quickly as
possible so that we can get on with the serious business of visiting this lovely garden!
Started from scratch in 2005 the garden extends for about 2 acres. You approach
through formal planting that surrounds the Dovecote with more relaxed borders in front
and behind the house. In front of the barn to the west of the house is a pond and a
gravel garden. The vegetable garden and wildflower meadow extend westwards. 13
acres of woods are crisscrossed by paths and carpeted with bluebells in the spring. A
duck pond was dug in 2007 and a broadwalk leading to a summerhouse was built in

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