Wednesday 25th June Full day visit. Meet at Ebrington Village Hall 9.30 am
Broughton Grange Gardens are an impressive 25 acres of garden and light woodland in an attractive Oxfordshire setting. The centrepiece is a large terraced walled garden created by Tom Stuart-Smith in 2001.
Broughton Castle nearby is “about the most beautiful castle in all England….for sheer loveliness of the combination of water,woods ands picturesque buildings.” – a generous tribute from historian Sir Charles Oman in 1898.
The gardens at Broughton Grange are new and very impressive. Tom Stuart Smith has made a walled garden that is actually open to the landscape but uses clipped trees to give a sense of enclosure. All the fashionable features of modern gardens are also here including a knot garden, a laburnum tunnel, wildflower meadows, a rose parterre, a stumpery and a young arboretum.
(a parterre is a formal garden construction on a level surface consisiting of planting beds, edged in stone or tightly clipped hedging, and gravel paths arranged to form a pleasing, usually symmetrical pattern)
The conducted tour takes about 2 hours with a break for tea and cake half way round.
Bring your own picnic for lunch which can be enjoyed in the nearby Broughton Castle Park, outside the moated area.
Broughton Castle was one of only twenty house to be given five stars in “Englands Thousand Best Houses” by Sir Simon Jenkins in 2003.
Stephen Lacey wrote in a Daily Telegraph magazine article “…yet here is a rose garden as intoxicatingly planted and framed- by walls,water, lawn and topiary- as any I have seen… borders do not come better orchestrated than this.”
The gardens complement a medieval manor surrounded by a wide moat. The highly regarded one acre garden includes a walled formal garden and herbaceous borders containing old roses and shubs. A special feature is the ladies garden which was established in the 1880s on the site of the 16th century kitchens.
This is not a conducted tour.
The cost to Club members is £10.00.
Ebrington & District Gardening Club is a very active and thriving club which is affiliated to the RHS and NVS.
Annual membership is £5 and the membership secretary is Dorothy Hart, telephone 01386 840869. New members are very welcome