On the eve of our garden reopening for the 2017 season, we’re thrilled Marylyn Abbott is featured as one of Hampshire Life’s Leading Ladies! The article’s introduction says: ‘To celebrate International Women’s Day in March, Hampshire Life celebrates some of the county’s most influential business women. From headmistress to interior designer, hotel owner to solicitor… Read more »
We’re delighted to announce the menu for our Valentine’s Supper on Tuesday February 14th at 7pm. It’s a gourmet treat for our romantic couples and we have plans for lots of flowers and candles to make our Tea Room an intimate and cosy retreat! Feast your eyes on our gorgeous menu: Roasted Red Pepper and… Read more »
Chef Jon has devised the following menu for our Snowdrop Lunch on February 28th: Tandoori Chicken Breast with minted yoghurt dressing, seasonal salad and hot new potatoes Fruit Tart and vanilla ice cream OR for vegetarians (which must be pre ordered) – Red Onion, Butternut Squash and Feta tart, seasonal salad and hot new potatoes. Full details… Read more »
With just four weeks to go until the garden opens for the season, our latest newsletter takes a look at snowdrops, plus some of the wonderful events we have lined up over the next few months. NB All our events are now bookable online.
Our gorgeous 2017 Garden and Events brochure is now available online. It’s packed with workshops, courses and special events, plus wonderful photographs of the garden to tempt you to visit us again and again. The garden re-opens on March 1st and bookings are being taken for all events on 01252 844 611.
A frosty garden, plus news of some special events to tempt you ahead of the Gardens’ official reopening for the season feature in our latest Newsletter.
The garden may have entered its winter sleep, helped by the recent sharp frosts, but it doesn’t mean there isn’t anything of interest. In her local parish magazine, Marylyn looked at which vegetables add a stylish note to the winter potager… As the winter frosts decimate the brilliance of the autumn garden, most of us… Read more »
Sneak peeks of our wonderful Illuminated Garden and a charming pantomime in our first Winter Festival feature in our latest Newsletter.
We’re delighted to see several pictures of West Green House feature in Naomi Slade’s new book, An Orchard Odyssey. Naomi’s book is a sumptuous mix of history, interesting anecdotes, and a practical guide to having your own orchard. The official definition is a mere 5 trees, so with a careful choice of rootstock even the… Read more »
West Green House is again featured by GAP Photos, looking at the garden in November this time. Photographer Elke Borowski has captured our late autumn garden well, and even mentions our Christmas Fair which is now open daily until December 21st. Her feature can be found here.
A few sharp frosts and down come the leaves, plus preparations for our Christmas Fair. A peep behind the scenes in our latest Newsletter.
There are warming lunches and lots of tempting treats on offer in our Tea Room during the Christmas Fair. * Our Sample Menu * Soup of the day served with crusty bread roll Sausage and cranberry roll served with winter slaw Butternut squash, caramelised red onion and gruyere tart served with mixed green leaf salads Baked… Read more »
We have a wonderful box of delights ready to open for our inaugural Winter Festival which starts on December 14th. With a wine bluffers guide, seasonal stories, thrilling music, and festive films there is something for all the family and to suit all tastes. And with online booking now available, it’s even easier to buy… Read more »
We’re pleased to announce the Christmas Tea menu for our exciting Illuminated Garden event in December as follows: Fruit scone with cream/jam Cheese scone with cheese/chutney Mince pie Slice of Tea loaf Choice of hot drink Bubbles/mulled wine may be purchased at extra cost Price per person is £18 to include entrance to the Illuminated… Read more »
News just in from Marylyn… “The children’s costumes for our Hallowe’en event last Sunday were just wonderful. All the children looked great, and the little spider man had fun lights on his chest. We asked all the ones whose costumes we liked to fill in a card with their email address with a brief description… Read more »
What a fantastic end to our open season this year! A spooky greenhouse, an even spookier gingerbread house in the tea room and plenty of Hallowe’en fun and apples for all. Thanks to all of you who came this year and helped make this our best garden season yet. Note we re-open for our Christmas… Read more »
Many of our garden visitors are currently sharing the most wonderful photographs of West Green House. They show we’re at peak colour here for the last few days of the garden’s opening before we close on October 30th with our fun Hallowe’en event. They were just crying to be made into a colourful seasonal collage… Read more »
Mysterious ghostly goings on and our preparations for Hallowe’en are revealed in our latest Newsletter :)
We now have the details of our gourmet “Chef’s Choice” Menu! This is a great start to our festive season at West Green House on Tuesday, 15th November at 7pm (for 7.30), where you will be served ‘bubbles’ on arrival. Blue Cheese Tart Seasonal Leaves Tia Crab Cake Lime and Paprika Mayonnaise Fillet of Beef… Read more »
We still have plenty of apples left after our most successful weekend dedicated to all things apple. All visitors are welcome to a FREE bag of apples from now until the garden closes for the season on Sunday 30th October, or while stocks last. Don’t forget we also have Hallowe’en celebrations and treats on Sunday 30th… Read more »
A fun look at our pop-up supper club menu, plus the latest news from the garden.
Ahead of our Apple Weekend (on October 8 and 9th 2016), read Marylyn’s article which celebrates the apple trees at West Green House. This is an edited version of an article published in Whitewater – the local parish magazine – in 2015. Each year we play up the red theme beneath the red stepover apples,… Read more »
Spectacular colour in the potager, apples galore and lots of news about the garden in our latest newsletter for October.
We’re delighted Chris Bird and students from Sparsholt College, Winchester are joining us for our Apple Weekend (8 and 9th October). Chris is a lecturer in horticulture at the college and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to West Green House. On Saturday, he will advise on apple identification, and how to prune and… Read more »
Lesley Bellew, who visited West Green for the opera earlier this year, has written a beautiful overview of the garden and its history on her blog today. Thanks Lesley, we look forward to seeing you at West Green House again soon!
What a weekend it’s been! Dozens of cars of all shapes and sizes were on display and hundreds of you turned up to see the show. Thanks to all owners and visitors who came and made our inaugural Classic Car Show a success. The green Rolls Royce won the Best in Show award, thanks to… Read more »
We’re delighted to announce the Autumn Menu for our second Pop-up Supper Club on Tuesday October 18th, 7 for 7.30pm. To celebrate the season we have: Cauliflower velout’e with Welsh rarebit Pan fried fillet stone bass Wilted spinach caper and dill beurre blanc Oven roasted breast of Gressingham duck Dauphinois potatoes Roasted root vegetables Red… Read more »
Our inaugural Classic Car Day aka Concours d’Elegance on Sunday September 25th has exceeded all expectations! Around 100 cars of all descriptions, all polished to perfection and vying for the West Green trophy, will be lined up in front of West Green House on the day. A special event needs something extra to top things… Read more »
Some of you have seen the blanketweed in some of our water features and asked why our hard working garden team haven’t removed it. It’s because we’ve found great crested newts in our ponds. This species is the UK’s largest and most endangered newt, having endured a severe decline in its population over the past… Read more »
Our latest Newsletter has news of Marylyn’s latest experiments with her relocated Chelsea Garden, plus a preview of our wonderful new programme of Autumn and Winter events. We’re especially delighted with our brand new Classic Car Show on September 29th and Coffee, Kuchen and Strauss on October 2nd. Plus all your regular favourites are there!… Read more »
It’s lovely that so many of you return to West Green House to enjoy the garden at different times of the year. Garden Designer Jane Shankster has not only done that, she’s written about it on her website (click on the link to go there), illustrated with some fine photographs of the garden. She visited at… Read more »
There are welcoming pots, plenty of colour in the garden, plus a secret part of West Green House to show you in our latest Newsletter.
Here’s another chance to hear Marylyn’s interview with Rebecca Parker on BBC Radio Solent yesterday. Find out what inspired Marylyn to come to England, how she rescued an absolute wreck of a place, and some of the history behind the features you see today. Her work isn’t finished yet, as she explains… Take the link… Read more »
It’s the last few days to catch the delightful perfume of our lilies in the Dragon Garden. Rachel de Thame’s piece from 2002’s Telegraph is a timely find via some recent light googling. It’s a lovely story about the hard work of our gardening team, plus plenty of ideas for something rather special to add… Read more »
Join BBC Radio Solent’s Rebecca Parker on Sunday (31st July 2016) for her Good Life programme at 12pm. We’re thrilled she’s featuring West Green House during the show – learn more about the garden’s colourful history and restoration. You can catch up with the show on BBC’s iPlayer afterwards if you’re not around on Sunday,… Read more »
Jenny at Duver Diary enjoyed her visit so much at the weekend she not only blogged about it, she also took the trouble to email us to say thank you :) It’s lovely to have a blog post full of gorgeous photographs, and also someone who found the setting up for the opera magical. Here’s… Read more »
Opera goer Claire Woodward-Nutt posted a great set of photos on Twitter over the weekend showing this year’s special lighting of the garden at West Green House. Neil, our lighting engineer has done us proud with this year’s display. This is always a special time to see the garden, and tonight you don’t need a… Read more »
This is a great find – visitor Neil Pengson shot this video of his visit to the garden in June 2015. It shows how much he enjoyed his visit and how wonderful the garden looks at this time of the year :) If the embedded video doesn’t work, try this link instead.
Tricia cannily combined her recent visit to West Green House with our near-neighbour The Vyne. If you’re looking to do something similar, then this leaflet has lots of information about what Hampshire has to offer in the garden visiting line (link opens in a new window). You’ll see there’s more than enough to make a… Read more »
Great news for those of you who’ve called us re the progress of our river of irises in the Garden of Five Bridges. The warm late May Bank Holiday weather has stirred them into action and they’re looking great right now. This is a must-see part of the garden over the next couple of weeks… Read more »
We’re delighted to have a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence again for 2016. Thanks to everyone who reviewed and rated us last year. We read every entry, and endeavour to keep doing what you like, and improve from the tiny number of poor ratings received. TripAdvisor® awards its certificate only to those who have consistently received strong… Read more »
On the eve of Stephen Lacey’s Garden Literary Lunch, here’s Marylyn’s recent piece on The Power of Perfume which she wrote for her local parish magazine. The Power of Perfume I have never forgotten the words of garden writer and TV presenter Stephen Lacey saying that, “Scent, thoughtfully handled, can turn a good looking garden… Read more »
Blogger Amy at Love Made My Home treated her readers this week [28th April] to lots of photos of her visit to West Green House. She particularly enjoyed the tulips, especially the frilled ones. Here’s her lovely blog post, plus a bonus post with 5 of her favourite photos of the garden. Thanks for your visit… Read more »
Our late April newsletter highlights the special time at West Green House when the tulips are in bloom…
VisitEngland has designated 2016 as the Year of the English Garden, to celebrate the country’s fabulous gardens and to mark the 300th anniversary of ‘Capability’ Brown. So there is no better time to visit West Green House! Hampshire is a magnificent county, so it’s no surprise a leaflet has been produced to highlight many of the top… Read more »
There’s been an explosion of photos shared via Instagram over the past few weeks and it’s great to see the garden afresh through you, our visitors’ eyes. We thought you might like to see them too – it’s a great way of keeping in touch with the garden in addition to our own regular Newsletters… Read more »
West Green House has been chosen by the GAP Gardens Photo library for a seasonal feature for their blog. It has great photos which showcase the garden’s daffodils, tulips and spring blossom, and is described as having ‘intriguing details around every corner’. To see the full feature click here, or to see it for yourself,… Read more »
… is the title of the latest feature on West Green House. It was a nice surprise as we found out about this one via Twitter. We await our complimentary copy with interest – named as a Best of #BritishGardens is a great accolade when there are so many great gardens in the UK to… Read more »
It’s proving to be one of the best years ever for daffodils at West Green House. There’s this and plenty of other colour to explore in our latest newsletter.
We’re now open for 2016 and the garden is looking rather gorgeous in the spring sunshine. See our March newsletter for cheerful daffodils in profusion.
That’s true here at West Green House as we reopen for 2016’s season this week – Wednesday 2nd March at 11am. It’s also the title of Naomi Slade’s article in March’s edition of Berkshire Life. Our opening days are Wednesday to Sunday each week until October 30th, plus Bank Holiday Mondays. The garden’s opening hours… Read more »
We’re delighted with the enquiries we’ve had so far for our first pop-up supper club. Naturally, everyone wants to know the mouth watering menu, so here it is. 5 courses, plus coffee and a glass of bubbly – £59pp. Book now on 01252 844 611 Asparagus Veloute Truffle Cream Poppyseed Straw White Asparagus Risotto Pan… Read more »
… look no further than West Green House! We’re delighted to be included in Get Surrey/Hampshire’s guide to ‘49 sumptuous afternoon teas in Surrey and Hampshire‘. We’re number 13 on the list, which we’re not counting as unlucky in this instance. Note we’re taking bookings for Mothering Sunday on 6th March – an afternoon tea… Read more »
Spring is coming early to West Green House, as this picture and our latest newsletter reveals…
Our 2016 coverage has an international start! Eveline from Switzerland describes her visit to the garden last September on her Garden Love blog, with plenty of pictures to show off how wonderful the West Green House looks late season. Simply view the plentiful pictures and enjoy, or you may be able to right click on… Read more »
Just one month to go before we reopen on March 2nd! And there’s more good news – last year’s admission prices are held for 2016. That’s £8 adults, £4 school-age children under 16. Free to National Trust members with a valid membership card. Looking forward to seeing you soon!
It’s always interesting to see what catches our visitors’ eye and Instagram gives us the perfect opportunity to do just that. Have a look at the photos tagged as #westgreenhouse and those where West Green House is given as the location. Thanks to everyone who’s taken the trouble to post pictures. We look forward to… Read more »
The recent frosts turned West Green House into a winter wonderland. Have a look at our Facebook album Sunshine and Frost and view the garden like no regular visitor gets to see.
Not too long to go now! The garden re-opens on March 2nd at 11am and the season continues until Sunday October 30th. We will open Wednesday to Sunday inclusive each week of the season, 11 am to 4.30pm. The tea room opens 11am to 4pm on garden open days. There will be extra openings of… Read more »
December is usually thought of as a quiet month gardening-wise. Our latest newsletter shows there’s still plenty going on at West Green House! If you’re looking to add some floral interest to your garden at this time of the year, we end with 3 suggestions which may be of interest.
Save the date! Our open days in aid of the NGS are now live on the Yellow Book website. Choose from Tuesday June 7th 11am to 4.30pm, or our special evening opening on Tuesday 26th July 8-10pm to enjoy the garden illuminations set up for our opera season. On June 7th, light refreshments are available the… Read more »
Put Tuesday 17th November, 6 to 8pm in your diaries! Join us in the twinkling night-time splendour of the greenhouse at West Green House for an exclusive Preview Evening of our very popular Christmas Fair. See our Events Page for more details. All proceeds go to local and musical charities. Tickets £25 to include drinks and Christmas… Read more »
We’re thrilled with the thank-you email Katie Thomas sent us following her family’s visit to the garden last Sunday (25th October). Her daughter was inspired by the pumpkin carving demonstration to have a go at home :) Here’s what Katie had to say… “We were lucky enough to visit last Sunday. We sampled the mulled… Read more »
Our Market Garden opens this Saturday (31st October 2015) for one day only! Our potager supplies our tea room with wonderfully fresh produce throughout the season, and we have plenty to spare as there’s no catering to supply from November onwards. So we’re having a Market Garden event on Saturday, with a choice of borlotti… Read more »
A SEASON OF OPERA AND MUSIC AT WEST GREEN HOUSE 2016 Season: July 23rd to July 31st ‘Just as stirring and accomplished as anything to be found in the major opera houses of the world’ Music OMH on West Green House Opera July 2015 We are delighted to confirm the performances for our 2016 Season. Highlights include La Traviata,… Read more »
It’s half term and we have a scary garden for Halloween, so let’s see what Carissa and her young family made of the garden (without the Halloween goodies!) last weekend. She said it was time well spent – you can read her charming review here. Note that West Green House is NOT a National Trust… Read more »
A flying visit from the States for a family event, so where did Grey Tabby Gardens choose to visit in their spare time? That’s right, West Green House :) And what an enjoyable time they had – judging by their review, they brought a drop of Florida sunshine with them too. 19th October 2015.
There’s a buzz going around about our HALLOWEEN EVENT already, so we’ve decided to make it a fun feature of our last few days of opening. It starts on the 24th, with a host of activities to include face painting and finishes on the ghoulish day itself, where we’ll also be having our market garden… Read more »
Bunny Guinness has included West Green House in her list of best walled gardens to visit in The Telegraph, where she describes the garden as ‘magical’. You can view a slideshow of all 9 gardens here – we’re garden number 5 and you’ll see we’re in some very fine company. Here’s a picture of the… Read more »
We have plenty of news to share this month and lots of colour in the garden, so it seems fitting to add our latest newsletter to our News section. The pictured view of the Lakefield is a bonus picture for our website visitors :) Newsletter published 30th September 2015.
Author Jane Risdon visited West Green House last weekend and her extensive exploration of the garden and its history shows there is still plenty to see in the garden in late September. She says: “Recently I was given another little treat out and this time to a gem of a place I never knew existed: West… Read more »
See our garden and tea room in a different light! Jane Asher presents ‘Best Bakes Ever’, starting on BBC2 at 3pm today. The 20-part series features the best recipes from the likes of Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Nigella Lawson and James Martin and it was a natural choice to use our garden and tea room… Read more »
We were thrilled to welcome Jane Asher and a BBC film crew to the gardens last week to film links for her brand new BBC2 TV series called ‘Best Bakes Ever’. The 20-part series features the best recipes from the likes of Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Nigella Lawson and James Martin and it was a… Read more »
Steven Anderton lists West Green House Garden as one of the Twenty Best Great British Gardens to visit in his Times article dated 15th August 2015! You can read the full article here; we’re number 19 in the list. How many of these gardens have you visited?
The lighting installed for our opera season creates a magical atmosphere in the garden. We’re delighted Hampshire NGS posted pictures to their Facebook page after our first evening picnic opening for the NGS, and garden blogger Michelle Chapman also wrote about her evening walk around the garden. You can see Michelle’s blog post here. The pictures… Read more »
Garden blogger Hillwards visited us recently and enjoyed the beauty and tranquility West Green House has to offer. Whilst her visit didn’t go entirely to plan, her honest review gives us the opportunity to improve. Visit her blog for some fine photographs, which give a sense of taking a walk around the garden.
Kathryn Bradley-Hole recently explored the ways a change in level can ‘reinforce a particular look or garden mood’ in her ‘Early Risers’ article for Country Life. Marianne Majerus’s wonderful photograph of our moon gate featured on both the magazine’s cover and in the article itself. The photograph’s caption says it all: “Bull’s eye symmetry and… Read more »
We’re thrilled Stephen Anderton named West Green House in his top 20 most beautiful gardens to visit in The Times recently. He said: “West Green House is very pretty and Marylyn Abbott is having loads of fun creating new gardens within the old framework. Between times there is a brilliant garden opera season when apple-clad… Read more »
Local garden blogger Mark Willis likes West Green House Garden so much, he’s returned for another visit! Read his general overview here, and then his separate post about the flowers he particularly liked. You can also read about his first visit to the garden last year. Can you guess which spot in the garden is… Read more »
It’s official! Marylyn is a Great Hampshire Person :) See her featured in Visit Hampshire’s new set of inspirational videos and find out her Hampshire favourites – besides West Green House of course. Click on the link for more. NB you need to click on the Read More link on the website and scroll down a little… Read more »
Blogger National Trust Scones stopped by to sample our cream tea and thoroughly enjoyed the gardens too. Click here for the full review.
We’ve had a great review left for us on Facebook by blogger A Touch of Domesticity who says: “We had just the most wonderful time here. I’m not sure if we’ll ever get back again (we live so far away) but I do hope this encourages others to come. Click here to see the full review.
I chose the best day to visit West Green House Garden last week – glorious sunshine, fresh green growth and the jewel-like tulips in the walled garden and potager was most uplifting. Click to see the full review.
We’re thrilled with the great response we’ve had to our SILVER-GILT Artisan garden at RHS Chelsea, from both visitors and the garden media alike. Here’s a roundup of some of the other online reactions we’ve found recently. Thanks to all for taking the time to post about the garden! The backstory to the garden’s creation… Read more »
West Green House goes to the Chelsea Flower show. For details vist the RHS Chelsea Flower Show website – sorry, that link is no longer available. Try this delicious news roundup of various online articles and pictures we’ve found instead.
West Green House: fun in the garden http://blog.rosstours.com/gardens/west-green-house-fun-in-the-garden/
The most pleasant out-of-town evening recently was a visit to West Green House Opera ………. It is a blink and you miss it event, fielding just four nights of two operas, this year a contrasting duo of Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann and Brecht/Weill’s The Threepenny Opera. The festival is run by Marylyn Abbott, who… Read more »
Steven Desmond is intrigued and delighted by the blend of exemplary gardening and inventive theatre in a garden that is ” the very seat of sleepless imagination”. Photographs by Marianne Marjerus beautifully capture the spirit of the Garden.
Walking along the Lakefield’s path this morning the early daffodils looked simply wonderful, especially those that appeared to be floating with the swan, above the iced water of the overflowing lake. It’s a totally different story in the Green Houses, where we have moved all our special plants indoors, creating an area that is now… Read more »
What do Mothers really want on Mothering Sunday? To relax and enjoy time with the family. So why not surprise and treat your mother in the time honoured way with a Traditional Afternoon Tea, and a complementary glass of bubbles, served in our greenhouses banked with masses of cheerful spring flowers especially for the occasion…. Read more »
West Green is home to one of this country’s many garden opera projects – housed in this case in a huge and imaginative marquee behind the formal gardens. The season has already Included La Serva Padrona and Gianni Schicchi with The Threepenny Opera and (Gounod’s) Romeo and Juliet still to come. Click here for the… Read more »
West Green House boasts beautiful grounds that make for a remarkable atmosphere. Guests are invited to wander round the gardens in the early evening before the curtains rise at 7pm. Click here for the full listing.
It’s been a couple of years since I visited West Green House in Hampshire, created by garden diva, Marylyn Abbott, over the last 15 years. Marylyn has become a household gardening name, best known for her lavishly-illustrated books but has also created a unique garden at her National Trust home near Hartley Wintney, which opens… Read more »
Music From America’s Great Song Writers, An Afternoon with Mr Gilbert and Mr Sullivan, and The Threepenny Opera are amongst this year’s performance highlights at Hampshire’s West Green House Gardens, which opens for the new season on 10th March. Click here for the full review.
IT WAS quite an experience to sit in a tented performance area at Hartley Wintney’s West Green House watching a production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Click here to view the full article.
Glyndebourne’s corporate funding is down from 23 per cent to 6 per cent, so I’m told. And though I’m not sure what that says for opera in general, it must be devastating for a venue that, in recent years, has repositioned itself from rural idyll into sizeable business, very much dependent on corporate revenues. Click… Read more »
Marylyn Abbott is an extraordinary person. When the view from her garden at Kinnerton Green in Australia (featured by Monty Don in his series Extraordinary Gardens of the World) was threatened, she upped sticks and moved to England. Click here to read the full article.
Already there are signs of the new life in the garden. The spears like Daffodils shoots, heralds of spring, are pushing through the grass in the Lake Field. The first early snowdrops are in bloom and the intense scent of the blossom of Viburnum bodentense ” Dawn” is filling the air in the Walled… Read more »
West Green House’s 2012 Season On the last day of September we shut the Garden gate to visitors for the last time this season. The garden still looks stunning with the asters billowing in the breeze, the foliage of oak leaved Hydrangea turning a deep blood red and the crab apples heavy with bright red… Read more »