ACCLAIMED GARDENS TEA ROOM & SHOP
SUMMER OPERA SEASON
The Gardens at West Green House are now open !
Wednesday to Sunday inclusive from 11am to 4.30pm
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 Events section for more details.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Mothering Sunday celebration. Despite less than seasonal temperatures, we were delighted to welcome so many visitors to the Garden and thrilled that our special Afternoon Tea sold to its full capacity. A special welcome to Mr and Mrs Waterfield who won our competition in the Basingstoke Gazette and a big thank you to all the families who chose to celebrate the special Mum in their life with us at West Green House.
Easter Weekend – April 3rd – 6th 2015 – Open Easter Monday
If bunnies are boring and eggs aren’t exciting, why not bring a little couture to your Easter this year and be in with the chance to win a vintage Philip Somerville hat.
There is a natural association between Easter and hats – the Easter bonnet is a much loved part of our history. So everyone who comes to West Green House this Easter Sunday 5th April for Afternoon Tea in our flower filled greenhouse, will be in with a chance to win this very special couture piece from the hat maker to the Queen. So why not bring your family and friends, all wearing their favourite hats, and enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea with a glass of bubbles to make a perfect Easter Sunday. The competition is only open to people taking Afternoon Tea and wearing an Easter bonnet.
Adults £30, children under 16 £15 and advance booking is essential. Please call 01252 844611 to reserve your place.
The hat will last far longer than an Easter Egg – and be far kinder to the waistline!
In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland she not only went to a tea party, she also saw a wondrous garden full of daisies, larkspur, tiger lilies and red and white roses. Everyone visiting West Green House from Good Friday 3rd April to Easter Monday 6th April 2015, can win the plants that Alice saw by simply entering the garden and leaving their name and email address.
This all makes Easter very special a West Green House. Our delightful Tearoom will be open during Easter and will be serving sumptuous cakes and chocolate delights.
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.