Starting at The Laskett – above shows Minnie Tatham amongst just a few of the clipped shapes outlining the many garden spaces – we were very grateful for the beautifully illustrated plan of the gardens and Sir Roy’s recorded explanations of their construction. In the afternoon we went to history-packed Hellens Manor where we were given an illuminating tour of the house and pictures.
Many people came to browse and buy at the book sale. These have been part of our fund-raising stretching back to our first in the hot summer of 1976. This year’s sale made a handsome contribution to our funds, with thanks to Friends who supported our event with generous donations of books and purchases.
Another highly successful day when we visited two private gardens near Marlborough. At Poulton House we were taken round the owner’s stunning gardens admiring modern sculpture,an amazing avenue of barrel shaped home oaks and a majestic rill, amongst other treats. We were shown the enormous gardens at West Woodhay by the owner, Harry Henderson (above). They included an arboretum, new lakes, magnificent herbaceous borders and an immaculate rose garden providing much interest.
About sixty people came on a sunny afternoon to look round the two acre garden and to enjoy homemade tea and cake under the shade of apple trees in Minnie’s orchard. Antonia ran a wonderful sale of unusual plants in the courtyard. The day raised a very helpful contribution for Friends of The Holburne.
Six independent nurseries, three businesses showcasing locally made pots and furniture and the Friends’ Plant and Book stalls gathered in front of the Museum to form an attractive market for Friends and visitors alike. The kind weather ensured good business for refreshments and the cakes made by talented Friends all helped to raise a valuable contribution to Friends funds.