ACCLAIMED GARDENS TEA ROOM & SHOP
SUMMER OPERA SEASON
The Gardens at West Green House are 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.
…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… There’s a profusion of roses!
There’s a scented welcome to the garden now hundreds of roses are at their peak of perfection. The bees are happily buzzing around the blooms collecting all the nectar and pollen they can possibly carry.
A quick walk around the garden shows they currently prefer the simpler whites of the climbers – such as ‘Rambling Rector’ – which clothe the walled garden. Dusky pinks, clear yellows, deep reds and a look-at -me orange complete the scene, before the handsome ‘Symphony in Blue’ is discovered. Clematis ‘Warsaw Nike’ combined with Rosa ‘Cardinal Richelieu’ provides a striking combination.
Elsewhere, ‘Ash Wednesday’ is a pride and joy of the garden. ‘Blue for You’ is proving to be the rose most asked about by visitors this year. Look out for ‘Baron Girod de l’Ain, a deep red rose edged with white, and ‘Celine Forrestier’ a creamy yellow which fades to white. In the Alice Garden you’ll find ‘Dublin Bay’ and ‘Lily Marlene’.
The potager is coming into its own and provides lots of lettuces for the lunchtime salads at the tearoom. Asparagus and broad beans are producing well and the soft fruits in the fruit cages are ripening into a jewel-like profusion.
Soon the squashes and tiny pumpkins will start to climb the clever bamboo structures installed in the potager. Rampant behind the greenhouse this year will be the unusual – well, here in the UK, but quite everyday to any Australian – is the variety ‘Queensland Blue’, famed for its flavour and a skin as hard as a crocodile hide. Any Australian who would like to join the list to have one saved for them, should let us know and we’ll see what we can do.
Work has started on getting the garden ready for July’s opera nights which means part of the meadow needs to be mown in readiness – catch the Turk’s cap lilies while you can! The meadow by the lake will be left to protect the wonderful native orchids currently in flower – well worth getting down on your tummy to see up close.
Our next event … National Garden Scheme Evening Picnic
Tuesday 28th July 7.30pm to 10pm
See West Green House Gardens illuminated by a myriad of lights as evening falls.Enjoy a summer evening picnic by the classical lake. See NGS for more details.
Entry £12 Adult, £4 Children who must be accompanied by an adult.
National Trust membership not accepted for this event.
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.