The Gardens are open!
We are open Wednesday to Sunday inclusive from 11am to 4.30pm.
The Tea Room is open from 11am to 4pm on garden open days
West Green House Gardens offers four seasons of beauty, contrast and inspiration. Created by acclaimed garden designer and writer, Marylyn Abbott and situated in picturesque North Hampshire, it is one of England’s finest manor house gardens, marrying traditional style with contemporary design.
Guided Garden Walks: For garden lovers we offer guided walks around our 10 acre garden, led by one of our experienced gardeners. Walkers will be introduced to the garden, its horticultural history and the people who have left their mark and helped shape the garden over the centuries.
First Thursday of every month during the season. 11am . See our Events section for more details.
…taking tea under the Mulberry tree in the deepest coolest centre of the walled garden, surrounded by the garden at its summer best, is the most perfect way to spend a hot summer afternoon. Booking essential. Call 01252 844611
Latest News… The garden’s transformed!
The garden is sporting a new look as we move into late summer. There’s been a magical transformation ready for our short opera season which starts this weekend (25th July). Lanterns twinkle merrily in the trees, the theatre lawn now lives up to its name and a tented village welcomes our opera goers.
Garden visitors should note that the the last entry for the garden is an hour earlier at 3.30pm on Saturday 25th and is closed ALL DAY on Sunday 26th. Our usual opening hours (11am to 4.30pm) apply from 29th July onwards.
You don’t need an opera ticket to enjoy our annual light show in the garden. We have a new event for 2015, an evening opening for the National Gardens Scheme on Tuesday 28th July. The garden opens at 7.30pm and you can picnic by the lake as evening falls. Lighting up time is 9pm and the event closes at 10pm. Entry is £12 for adults and £4 for children, who must be accompanied by an adult.
The whole garden has developed a sense of theatre ready for its late summer show. Voluptuous lilies trumpet their scent into the air and pompom dahlias are bobbing through the borders. Even the pottager’s lettuces look like ballerinas who are lifting their skirts ready to take a bow. There’s also a display of floral fireworks with scarlet crocosmia and deep blue delphiniums rocketing through the borders in the Lake Field and Walled Garden.
The potager’s apples are starting to develop their rosy glow; it’s going to be a good crop this year. Some of the leeks have been left to bloom and are proving to be most attractive to the many pollinators visiting the garden. Friday’s good drop of rain has perked up the garden no end and the flowers are standing to attention ready to welcome you to West Green House.
A SEASON OF OPERA AND MUSIC 2015
July 25th to August 2nd
West Green presents one of the finest country house opera seasons, fusing together the acclaimed garden with intimate, small scale opera. These nights are delightfully elegant occasions, with picnics by the lake under Raj style pavilions, fine dining by Mosimann’s and customary black tie and evening dress. As each evening of music concludes, the garden with its follies and water features are illuminated for guests to enjoy.
Set in our glass sided auditorium, we offer a spectacular setting for our grand operas. We open with Mozart’s dazzling comedy ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ and on the second weekend we present a new production of ’Ariadne auf Naxos‘ by Richard Strauss.
Our 2015 season combines these nights of grand opera with a programme of less formal ” Fringe” events, including performances by the acclaimed soprano Joan Rodgers, a lunchtime event with Dr Rowan Williams and our very popular Midday Music events, perfect for the whole family.
For full details, please visit the separate West Green House Opera website on www.westgreenhouseopera.co.uk
“Chelsea Flower Show Silver Gilt Award”
WEST GREEN HOUSE AWARDED SILVER GILT AT THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW
West Green House Gardens, represented at the Chelsea Flower Show for the very first time, with an Artisan Garden titled ” The Topiarist Garden” has received a Silver Gilt award”. Designed by Marylyn Abbott of West Green House.
“The Topiarist Garden” takes its inspiration from the courtyard in front of the bothy here at West Green . Envisage the garden as the personal space for the Head Gardener who is influenced by the tradition of “Topia opera” - fancy gardening. In this small walled space, he indulges his passion for eclectic topiary designs, haphazardly placed amongst his favourite white perennials, flowering climbers and delicate rose -Adelaide d’Orleans.
Annual flowers planted in a sunken chequerboard of pots make this space a fantasy of informality. He takes great pleasure in clipping topiary into flamboyant shapes. As he clips and shapes he hums quietly along to himself from Mozart’s Madamma,il catalogo il questo; the “catalogue aria” which lists his master’s conquests.
If you enjoyed our garden at Chelsea, or saw us on the BBC why not come and visit West Green House and inspirational 18th century Bothy and Courtyard Garden.