Here’s some info about various horticultural events and open gardens, going on locally and not quite so locally, that you might be interested in. If you know of any other events that you think other members may be interested in then please send through details to info.
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National Gardens Scheme Open Gardens, throughout May
We’re now getting into the Open Gardens season, so lots of gardens to choose from! The Manor House in Bledlow is open on Sunday 20 May & there are lots more! Take a look at the NGS website to find other gardens, not too far away, open in May.
Buckingham Garden Centre – Talk, Wednesday 9 May, 4.00pm
Buckingham Garden Centre have monthly talks. The May talk is on “The Work of the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust”, by Kate Sheard, Community Wildlife Officer. More info can be found on the Buckingham Garden Centre website.
May ACB&DB Society Talk – Wednesday 9 May, 8pm
The Society talk for May is on Wednesday 9 May - “Chenies – Its History and Gardens” by Valerie Edwards. There will also be a Tulip Competition: Cultivar – “Survivor”
RHS Malvern Spring Festival – Thu 10 - Sun 13 May
The Malvern Spring Festival opens on Thursday 10 May and runs through to Sunday 13 May. Details are on the RHS website.
Scannappeal Open Gardens
The first garden opening in May for Scannappeal is The Chinnery, Penn, on Sat 12 May. See the Scannappeal website for more information.
Aston Clinton Village Market – Sunday 13 May, 11am – 4pm
The annual Aston Clinton Village Market is on Sunday 13 May, starting at 11am. The Horticultural Society will be having a stall selling plants and produce. Donations welcome!
MK Plant Fair – Sunday 13 May, 10am – 4pm
The MK Plant Fair is on Sunday 13 May at Willen Lake, Milton Keynes, 11am – 4pm. Further details on the Willen Lake website.
Chesham Plant Sale – Saturday 19 May, 9am – 12 midday
The Chesham Horticultural Society is holding a Plant Sale on Saturday 19 May, 9am – 12 midday at the United Reformed Church in the Broadway.
Hardy Plant Society, Bucks & Oxon Branch – Saturday 19 May, 2.15pm
The May talk for the HPS Bucks & Oxon group is on Saturday 19 May at 2.15pm. Malcolm Brownsworld will be talking about “Growing Hardy Orchids”. Venue to be confirmed – please check website.
BBOWT Plant & Produce Sale, Great Missenden, Sun 20 May 10am
The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust are having their Spring Plant and Produce sale on Sunday 20 May, 10am – 1pm, at Great Missenden Memorial Centre, Great Missenden, HP16 9AE. More details can be found on the Wildlife Trusts Website.
Ashridge Plant Fair – Sunday 20 May, 11am – 4pm
The annual Ashridge Plant Fair is a great place to get some bargains. Starts at 11am, but you need to be there early to be at the front of the queue!
RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Tue 22 – Sat 26 May
You can find lots more information on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, including ticket details on the RHS website.
Rare Plants Fair – Kingston Bagpuize, nr Abingdon Sunday 27 May, 11am – 4pm
There’s a Rare Plants Fair on at Kingston Bagpuize, near Abingdon on Sunday 27 May starting at 11am. These fairs are usually a good place to pick up something a little bit different. Further details are on the Rare Plant Fair website.
ACB&DB Society, 22nd Spring Show – Sat 7 April, 2pm, Aston Clinton School Hall
The Society Annual Spring Show is on Saturday 7 April, 2pm in the Aston Clinton School Hall. Entry is £1. The entry night for the show is on Thursday 5 April, 6pm – 7.45pm, Anthony Hall. You’ll find the schedule for the Spring Show on the website.
Herts Hardy Plant Society Talk – “Barking up the Wrong Tree”, Sat 7 April 2pm
Dianne Nichol-Brown and her husband run Polemonium Plantery in County Durham and hold two national collections of Polemoniaceae and Hakonechloa. If you think you do not have room for a tree in your garden the Dianne may persuade you otherwise! She’ll be talking about suitable varieties and those to avoid. Meetings are in Wheathampstead, Herts. More details on the Herts HPS website.
Buckingham Garden Centre – Talk, Wednesday 11 April, 4.00pm
Buckingham Garden Centre have monthly talks – free to members & £3 for non-members. The April talk is “Twelve Months of Colour”, by Chris Day. More info can be found on the Buckingham Garden Centre website.
April ACB&DB Society Talk – Wednesday 11 April, 8pm
The Society talk for April is on Wednesday 11 April and is a talk about Auriculas by James Smallwood. Talk starts 8pm at the Anthony Hall, Aston Clinton.
Hardy Plant Society, Passionate about Plants – Saturday 14 April, 10am – 4pm
The Middlesex branch of the Hardy Plant Society is running its “Passionate about Plants” all day event on Saturday 14th April, at Haydon School in Pinner. Guest speakers include Annie Godfrey, Nick Hamilton, Frances Tophill, Adam Frost. Specialists Nurseries will be there if you need some retail therapy. More details on the HPS Middlesex website.
Waterperry Gardens – Fritillary Weekend, Sat 14 & Sun 15 April
Waterperry Gardens are having a “Fritillary Weekend” on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April. Check the Waterperry Gardens website for more details.
Mentmore Plant Sale, Saturday 21 April, 12 – 4pm
The Mentmore Plant Sale is planned for Saturday 21 April 12-4pm to be held on Mentmore Village Green. The event includes several specialist nurseries and a local growers plant stall. Barbeque, cake stall and refreshments will be available on the Green. Find contact details here.
Hardy Plant Society, Bucks & Oxon Branch – Saturday 21 April
The April talk for the HPS Bucks & Oxon group is on Saturday 21 April at 2.15pm. David Foster will be talking about “The Work of Milton Keynes Parks Trust”. May be preceded by a Plant Sale at 1.30pm – please check the website. Talks are held at Oving Village Hall, Oving Recreation Ground, Bowling Alley, Oving, HP22 4HD.
Bucks Garden Trust, Lecture – Saturday 28 April, 2.30pm
The Bucks Garden Trust April talk is about Humphry Repton. Professor Tom Williamson, landscape historian and landscape archaeologist will give an overview of his life and work - 2018 is the bicentenary of Repton’s death. The talk is at the Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury, £10 members & £12 for non-members (includes tea & cakes) 2.30pm, Sayutday 28 April, 2.30pm. Please see take a look at their website re ticket info.
BBOWT – April events
There are a few events run by the local Wildlife Trust, BBOWT in April, a couple of which are very local:
- Thursday 5 April – Tue 5 June, College Lake Artists, College Lake
- Saturday 28 April, 10.00, Listening to & Identifying Birdsong, Hale Lane, Wendover
Further information of all events can be found on the BBOWT website.
NGS Open Gardens, throughout April
There are a number of gardens open through the NGS open garden scheme locally in April including:
- 29 April, 2pm – 5pm, Aston Clinton Gardens (both on Green End Street)
For other local open gardens check the NGS website for details.
Herts Hardy Plant Society Talk – “Irises for the Natural Garden”, Sat 3 March 2pm
Alun & Jill Whitehead will be talking at the Herts Hardy Plant Society March talk. Alun & Jill hold the national collection of Siberian Irises and will be talking about this. Meetings are in Wheathampstead, Herts. More details on the Herts HPS website.
Buckingham Garden Centre, Wed 7 March
On Wed 7 March, starting at 11am, there will be an “Orchid Day”. Orchid Expert Manos Kanellos will be available to answer your questions on Orchids until 15.45 and there will also be a couple of talks. More details on the Garden Centre website;
March ACB&DB Society Annual Social Supper – Sat 10 March, 7pm for 7.30pm
Society Annual Social Supper, followed by Tom Way talking on “My Travels Overseas”. Tickets are £12. Please contact one of the Committee members or email info if you’d like to book.
Rare Plant Fair, Evenley Wood Gardens, Northamptonshire, Sun 25 March
There’s a Rare Plant Fair on at Evenley Wood Gardens on Sunday 25 March. Admission is £5, which includes entrance to the gardens. More info & details on the nurseries attending the fair on the Rare Plants website.
Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) – Walks & Talks in March
The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust has a few local walks & talks that you might be interested in:
- Tue 20 March, Talk on “Nature Conservation: Do we know what we’re doing; Are we doing enough?” Great Missenden 7.45pm – 9.45pm
- Sun 25 March, Guided Walk around College Lake, 10.30am
You can find details on all the BBOWT events on their website, some of which you may need to book in advance.
National Gardens Scheme – Open Gardens, March
Not too many Open Gardens in March – just one open under the NGS Scheme…..
- Higher Denham Gardens, Sunday 18 March
Herts Hardy Plant Society Talk – “The Story of the making of Henstead Exotic Garden”, Andrew Brogan, Sat 3 February, 2pm
Andrew gardens near Beccles in Suffolk, almost as far east as it is possible to be in England. Nevertheless he manages to persuade many exotic plants to grow and thrive. Andrew will be talking about the creation of Henstead Exotic Garden at the Herts HPS on Saturday 3 February. Meetings are in Wheathampstead. More details on the Herts HPS website.
Bucks Garden Trust, Lecture – Sat 3 February, 2.30pm
The Bucks Garden Trust February talk is “The Secret Life of the Georgian Garden” by Kate Felus. The talk is at the Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury, £10 members & £12 for non-members (includes tea & cakes) 2.30pm, Saturday 3 February, 2.30pm. Please see take a look at their website re ticket info.
Open Garden – Benington Lordship, Herts – Wed 7 Feb – Sun 4 March
The Benington Lordship garden is famous for its snowdrops – there are 170 cultivars carpeting the grounds of a ruined Norman castle and planted in labelled borders. There are guided walks and also snowdrops for sale. This is a must for all snowdrop enthusiasts - Further details can be found on the Benington Lordship website.
Snowdrop Days – Evenley Wood Gardens, Northants – Sat 3 Feb – Wed 28 Feb
Evenley Wood Gardens in Northamptonshire is also has “Snowdrop Days” through February. More information can be found on their website.
Snowdrop Days – elsewhere in Buckinghamshire
There are other gardens in Buckinghamshire you can go to see snowdrops in February:
- The Claydon Estate, more details here;
RHS London Events – February
The RHS Show season starts in February with the Early Spring Fair at the Lawrence Hall in London, Mon 12, Tue 13 & Wed 14 Feb
Further details of this and other RHS events in London can be found on the RHS website.
LM&P WI, “Flowers for Valentine’s Day” by Dr John Noakes, Tue 13 Feb, 8pm
The Long Marston & Puttenham Women’s Institute are holding a talk on February 13 at the Cecilia Hall, Puttenham, HP23 4PR on Tuesday 13 February 2018, 8pm. Dr John Noakes will be talking about spring plants including “Flowers for Valentine’s Day”. Entry is £5 per person.
ACB&DB Horticultural Society, “The Romance of the A413” by Julian Hunt, Wed 14 Feb, 8pm
The February Society meeting is on Wednesday 14 February. Julian Hunt will be giving a talk with slides on “The Romance of the A413”. As usual, there will be refreshments and raffle.
Buckingham Garden Centre – “Graft & Grow” Day, Sat 24 February
Buckingham Nurseries have a “Graft & Grow” day on Saturday 24 February. There will be an Apple Scion Wood Exchange, grafting demonstrations and vegetable growing advice. More info can be found on the Buckingham Garden Centre web site.
St Dunstan’s Church Flower Festival Talk, – Wed 28 February
St Dunstan’s Church Flower Festival Spring Lectures start with a talk by Joanne Kidd, “Green & Pleasant Land” on Wed 28 February, 8pm. The talk is about the history of British Gardens and will be at Monks Risborough Church of England Primary School, Peters Lane, Monks Risborough, HP27 9LZ. Tickets are £8.00 (including a glass of wine/soft drink) and are available online, just click here.
RHS Garden Wisley – Butterflies in the Glass House
Throughout February you can see the Butterflies in the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley. More details on the RHS website.
BBOWT – Talks & Walks in February
The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust has a few local walks & talks that you might be interested in:
- Sat 10 Feb, Guided Walk around College Lake, 10.30
- Tue 20 Feb, Talk on “Conserving Wildlife in Milton Keynes”, Great Missenden 19.45 – 21.30
- Sun 25 Feb, Walk exploring the Geology & Archaeology of Ivinghoe, Ivinghoe Beacon, 10.30 – 12.45
You can find details on all the BBOWT events on their website, some of which you may need to book in advance.
Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) – Walks & Talks in January
BBOWT are running a few local walks and talks through January – best to check out their website for further details. Here’s a few of the more local ones:
- Sun 14 Jan, 10.00 – 12.00, Winter Wildfowl at Foxcote Reservoir
- Sat 20 Jan, 10.30 – 12.30, Ducks Galore @ College Lake, guided walk
- Tue 23 Jan, 19.45 – 21.30, Talk: Fantastic Birds of Costa Rica, Great Missenden
- Sat 27 Jan, 10.30 – 13.00, Birds & History, walk around Tring reservoirs
The Natural History Museum, Tring – Events in January
There are a couple of things on at the Natural History Museum in Tring, that you may be interested in:
- Behind the scenes guided tour at the Museum, 18 January 11.00. Need to book on to this, £10.
- A history of Taxidermy – what do we make of it, 18 January, 19.00. An evening talk at the museum, tickets £4.50, again advanced booking required.
Herts Hardy Plant Society Talk – “The Evolution of Flowers”, Sat 6 Jan 2pm
Nick Wray, curator of the Bristol Botanic Garden, will be talking about the evolution of flowers. More details on the Herts HPS website.
ACB&DB Horticultural Society, “Honey bees” by Alistair Dunbar, Wed 10 Jan, 8pm
The first Society meeting of the year is on Wednesday 10 January. Alistair Dunbar will be giving a talk about “Honey bees”. As usual, there will be refreshments and raffle.
Butterflies in the Glasshouse, RHS Wisley Garden, 13 January – 4 March
You can escape the cold to see over 50 species of tropical butterflies in the Glasshouse from 13 January at RHS Wisley. Further details can be found on the RHS website.
Aylesbury Gardening Society, AGM, Fri 19 Jan, 7.30pm
The Aylesbury Gardening Society is holding its Annual General Meeting in the 6th Form Common Room at Aylesbury Grammar School at 7.30pm on Friday 19 January 2018. After the meeting Colin Oaks will be providing the entertainment! All welcome!
Gardens to visit in January:
- Waterperry Gardens is a good garden to visit in January, especially if we get any cold and bright days – if you’re an RHS member its worth checking to see if entrance is free. Check the Waterperry Gardens website for more details.
- Angelsey Abbey is another garden to visit - It is said to haveone of the best modern winter gardens in the UK, planted in 1998, with a stunning array of white-stemmed birches, dogwoods, ghostly brambles (Rubus cockburnianus), Mahonias, Christmas box and Viburnums. More details on their website.
- Sir Harold Hiller Gardens, Hampshire – Has a 4 acre winter garden, one of the largest in Europe. For more details see their website.
The Big Garden Birdwatch – 27 - 29 January
This year’s Big Garden Birdwatch survey takes place over the weekend 27-29 January. You can find out further information on how you can participate on the RSPB website.
Monks Risborough Horticultural Society Summer Show, Sat 5 August, 1pm
Monks Risborough Horticultural Society are holding their Summer show on Saturday 5 August, 1pm, at the Risborough Rangers Football Field, Peters Lane, Monks Risborough, HP27 9LZ. As well as the Horticultural Show there will be a Dog Show, ferret racing, a Beer Tent, a Silver band, Children’s rides and various stalls. Entry is £2
Entry night for the Annual Summer Show - Wed 16 August
Please go along to the Anthony Hall to register your entries for the Summer Show; from to 6.00-7.45 pm.
ACB&DB Horticultural Society 60th Annual Summer Show and Fete, Sat 19 August
The Society Annual Summer Show and Fete starts at 2pm on Saturday 19 August and is at Café in the Park, Aston Clinton Park. There will also be plants & produce for sale, a Tombola, Raffle, teas and various other stalls.
BBOWT – Summer Nights @ College Lake, Wed 9, 16 & 23 August, 5pm – 9pm
There’s the opportunity to explore College Lake in the evening during August. You can find further details on the BBOWT website.
BBOWT – Gentians & late flowering plants, Sat 26 August, 10am – 12.30pm
Join Mick Jones, the volunteer warden at Dancersend for a guided walk, suitable for everyone, to discover gentians and the wide variety of late flowering plants in the mixed woodland and chalk grassland. The walk is at Dancersend starting at 10am – further details can be found on the BBOWT website.
Flower Festival, All Saints Church, Marsworth, 26 - 28 August
There’s a Flower Festival at All Saints Church in Marsworth on the Bank holiday weekend, 26th – 28th August. Open 10am – 6pm on Saturday & Monday and 11.30am – 6pm on Sunday. Further details can be found on the festival website.
Winslow Show, Winslow, Monday 28 August, 9am – 5pm
The Winslow Show, a traditional country show, is on Monday 28 August, 9am – 5pm. The Show takes place in the grounds of Winslow Hall. Further details can be found on the show website.
Home Farm Plants Open Garden – Sunday 2 July, 2pm – 5pm
Home Farm Plants, in Bovingdon, is open under the NGS Scheme on Sunday 2 July, 2pm – 5pm. The nursery specialises in Elatum Delphiniums and is run by Graham Austin from Aston Clinton. More info on the NGS website.
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – Tue 4 July – Sun 9 July
The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show opens on Tuesday 4 July and runs through to Sunday 9 July. The first two days are members only days, so may be a bit quieter, but the tickets are more expensive. Lots of information on the RHS website.
July ACB&DB Society Garden Visit – Thursday 6 July
The Society has organised a garden visit to the Beth Chatto Gardens on Thursday 6 July. The coach leaves from the Bell car park at 9am.
Chenies Manor Plant Fair – Sunday 16 July 10am-5pm
Chenies Manor has an annual plant fair, which is on Sunday 16 July this year, 10am – 5pm. Entrance is £8 for adults which give you entry to the plant fair & gardens. More details on the Chenies Manor website. One of the best plant fairs I’ve been to!
St Leonards Village Fete, Saturday 3 June
The St Leonards Village Fete is a traditional village fete including both a Horse and Dog Show! The Horse Show starts at 9.30am, the Dog Show 1pm and the Fete itself opens at 2pm. The Fete is in the field behind the Parish Hall.
June ACB&DB Society Talk – Wednesday 14 June, 8pm
The Society talk for June is on Wednesday 14 June - “Maria Merrian (an artist working 300 years ago, illustrating both flora and fauna” – a talk by Peggy Verrell.
Gardens of the Roses, Chiswell Green
Unfortunately, it looks like the Gardens of the Roses is no more – looks like the Royal National Rose Society has gone into administration. Very sad.
Buckland, Open Gardens, Sunday 18 June, 2pm-5pm
And for something very local…..a number of gardens, all delightful and different, are opening in Buckland on Sunday 18 June 2pm-5pm. Teas will be available in All Saints’ church from 3pm and there will be plants for sale in the church yard. Open Gardens will include Church Leys by the church (with an animal treasure hunt for the under 8’s), The Old Rectory, 8 Model Row, 14 Blackmore Gate. There’s a new garden, Rannoch House by the crossroads on the lower Icknield way (the yellow one). There is room for parking 3 cars. Entry is £5 per person and covers all the gardens. Proceeds to All Saints’ church.
Blenheim Palace Flower Show, 23 -25 June
The Blenheim Palace Flower Show is a three-day flower and garden show, will feature a Grand Floral Marquee with RHS judges, a number of show gardens, and lots more including food and refreshments and family activities. More details of the show can be found on the Blenheim Palace Flower Show website.
Weston Turville Village Summer Fete, Saturday 24 June, 1pm
The Weston Turville Village Summer fete is on at the Weston Turville Village Hall and Playing Fields on Saturday 24 June starting at 1pm. And there’s a Dog Show too!
Woburn Abbey Garden Show, Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 June
The Woburn Abbey Garden Show is on the weekend of 24/25 of June. More details on the show and exhibiting nurseries on the Woburn Abbey website.
Rare Plant Fair, Waterperry Gardens, Sunday 25 June, 10am – 4pm
And if you need even more plants & something a bit different….. might be worth a trip to the Rare Plant Fair at Waterperry Gardens on Sunday 25 June. Entrance is £6.00 but also includes entrance to the Waterperry gardens – more details on the Rare Plant Fair website.
There are a couple of gardens in Buckinghamshire open in June, through the Scannappeal scheme, see the Scannappeal website for more information.
And if that’s not enough for you, there are even more gardens open through the NGS Open Garden scheme in Buckinghamshire. Take a look at the NGS website for all the open gardens in Buckinghamshire.