Welcome to 2017
The garden is now closed for its winter sleep and re-opens on March 1st at 11am.
However, we’re not resting on our laurels and have two new events before then to whet your appetite!
We’re also taking bookings for our special afternoon tea for Mothering Sunday in March and all our special events for 2017.
Scroll down to see full details.
We look forward to welcoming you to West Green in 2017!
Our gorgeous Events Brochure is now available for you to peruse at your leisure, or scroll down this page to see what's lined up for this year. We have a great mix of old favourites plus some tempting new ones.
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OR contact us for more details on 01252 844 611, or email@example.com
We're standing by to take your bookings!
NB Online booking is now available (link opens in a new window)
Tuesday February 28th
11am to 3pm
Nothing heralds the start of Spring like the delicate and beautiful Snowdrop.
Marlyn has investigated why the wonderful display in front of West Green House has declined in recent years. Her initial thoughts were disease or poor soil, but it turns out the demise of her snowdrops is that terror of many a bulb loving gardener, the squirrel.
As a result the garden team will be planting thousands of new snowdrop slips by hand later this year. To mark the occasion, Marylyn has invited the renowned snowdrop specialist Min Wood as guest speaker at our inaugural Snowdrop Lunch.
This promises to be a treat for all galanthophiles and also offers a sneak preview of the garden ahead of opening for the season the next day.
The event comprises:
11am - Coffee
11.15 - Talk on the snowdrop and their fascinating history by Min Woods
We will also walk around the gardens to show how we are rejuvenating the snowdrops and discuss their cultivation and care.
Followed by a two course lunch including wine:
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.
The talk and lunch will be held in the warm Tea Room.
£59pp - pre booking essential.
Online booking now available (link opens in new window)
Garden Season Opens
The Garden’s Open Season Begins
1st March 2017
Come see the spring garden! March is a super month to see the daffodils in the Lakefield and the swelling spring blossom.
We re-open at 11am and continue until 4.30pm on Wednesday March 1st. These are our regular opening hours, Wednesday to Sunday every week until Sunday 29th October 2017, including Bank Holiday Mondays.
The tearoom opens 11am to 4pm on garden open days.
Good News: We've held admission prices for the 2017 season: £8 adults, £4 children or free if you have a valid National Trust membership card.
We look forward to seeing you in 2017!
Floral Workshops & Courses
March, April, June & September
11am to 3.30pm
Alongside our ever-popular spring, rose, and autumn themed workshops, we’ve expanded our selection for 2017 to include an in-depth look at traditional and contemporary floristry.
All courses start with tea on arrival and each day includes tuition, lunch and all materials.
All equipment is provided, though please bring your own secateurs.
Please advise of any dietary restrictions when booking.
Tuesday 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March
Floral Design and Floristry
An intensive four day course to learn traditional and contemporary methods to create beautiful designs for weddings and summer celebrations.
Achieve the popular vintage country look using a range of styles and techniques.
Please note that the course takes place over four consecutive Tuesdays and participants are encouraged to attend every session
to achieve maximum benefit.
£395pp for all 4 days.
Online booking now available for all workshops (link opens in new window)
Tuesday April 4th
Designing with Spring Flowers
Using the delicate blooms and lovely flowers of Spring, learn how to create hand tied posies and pretty arrangements.
A day for beginners and flower enthusiasts alike. The day starts with a demonstration and concludes with a hands-on workshop.
Tuesday June 13th
Inspired by the range and colour of the many roses at West Green, this popular day offers, during the morning, an insight into the cultivation and varieties of this most English of blooms.
Fortified by a delicious lunch, enjoy the opportunity to create a stunning floral arrangement using flowers and greenery from the garden.
Tuesday September 19th
Autumn Flowers Workshop
Relishing the colours and textures of this luscious season, a hands on workshop using foliage and berries from the Gardens. There's a demonstration in the morning and a hands on workshop in the afternoon.
All single day workshops are £59pp
Sunday March 26th
Mothering Sunday Traditional Afternoon Tea
A special treat for Mothering Sunday.
You are welcome to take a stroll round the Gardens from 11am (complimentary), then come to our warm, flower decked greenhouse at 2.30pm for a celebratory glass of bubbles.
There’s a superb afternoon tea to follow at 3pm, served on silver stands.
Our bright greenhouse will be filled with scent and daffodils, plus there's a special gift for mum.
£40 per person (£15 for children of 5-16 years) to include complimentary garden entry, afternoon tea, "bubbles", and a floral gift for mum.
NB children under 5 are welcome with our usual free entry, and on the understanding they will not be catered for.
Online booking is now available (link opens in a new window)
Easter at West Green
Sunday April 16th
The Owl and the Easter Egg Hunt
West Green House Gardens will be open throughout the Easter Weekend, including Bank Holiday Monday April 17th from 11am to 4.30pm.
Enjoy the gardens with blossom, late daffodils and perhaps the first tulips.
Little ones can enjoy our popular Easter Sunday Owl Hunt with a gift for every participant (whilst stocks last).
Special Lunches and Suppers
April, May & September
Tempting Lunches and Suppers
In addition to February’s Snowdrop Lunch (see separate entry above), we have a further choice of four lunches and suppers for your delight.
All lunches commence at 11am
Asparagus Supper: 7 for 7.30pm
Cinema Supper Club: 6.30pm
Please advise of any dietary requirements on booking.
Tuesday April 25th
The Gardens Literary Lunch
With special guest Tim Richardson
‘No one writes better about the English gardening scene than Tim Richardson. He has a formidable range of reference and a brilliant way with words’
Praise indeed from Anna Pavord about our speaker: author, editor of Landscape magazine, regular contributor to The Telegraph, and the indefatigable founder of the Chelsea Fringe, who has done so much to illuminate the world of gardening.
Ticket includes talk, lunch and entry to the Gardens.
Tuesday May 2nd
The Tulip Lunch
Scandalous, enigmatic, romantic and perennially popular, the tulip creates colour and life in any garden.
West Green was selected by the Dutch Bulb Growers Association to plant their UK displays in the garden, with more than 90,000 bulbs planted over recent years. Who better then than Marylyn Abbott to speak about the history of the tulip, its proliferation at West Green and some of its more unusual varieties?
Ticket includes talk, lunch with wine and entry to the Gardens.
Tuesday May 16th
The Asparagus Menu
Inspired by the Northern European tradition of creating a special menu to celebrate the harvest of this delicious vegetable, asparagus will be the star ingredient of this five course delight, either taking centre stage or accompanying meat and fish courses.
Our first Asparagus Supper proved enormously popular – book early to enjoy this luscious vegetable in a variety of tasty dishes.
Wines have been selected and may be purchased on arrival.
If you wish to be seated with other guests, please indicate on booking.
Tuesday September 12th
Cinema Supper Club
Supper will the themed around the film, so The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel may be paired with a delicious curry, Mamma Mia might be matched with a Greek feast and Strictly Ballroom might be preceded by fortifying meat pies and fruity pavlova.
Film choices and supper menus will be confirmed by late April.
Advance booking essential: all lunches and suppers are £59pp, except the Cinema Supper Club, which is £40.
Online Booking now available for all lunches and suppers (link open in new window)
June & July
We have two major events to tempt you this summer. Our popular Opera season gets a jazzed-up prelude in June!
Saturday June 17th
Jazz in the Gardens
6pm. Tickets £25/£10
Bring the family to a midsummer party, with picnics welcomed in the Lakefield, summer cocktails, wine and fizz available from our fully licenced bar and a rip roaring session of live music from the wildly talented Cody and the Retro Boys. We defy you not to dance!
Under cover options are available so this event will go ahead whatever the weather!
Online Booking now available (link opens in a new window)
West Green House Opera Season
Saturday 22nd to Sunday 31st July
The West Green House Opera Season is a highlight of our summer months.
For 2017, we open with a new production of Verdi’s masterpiece Un Ballo in maschera, Mozart’s enchanting and enigmatic Il Seraglio and the rarely performed Donizetti opera Rita.
Plus David Starkey speaks on Music and Monarchy, there's a celebration of the music of George Gershwin, and delightful Midday Music concerts for all the family.
Tickets are available to purchase from mid-February to July and bookings are open to all. Prices start at just £25.
For full details and to book online, please visit our sister website www.westgreenhouseopera.co.uk
NB For all opera information please call 01252 848676, not the usual Gardens enquiry line.
Classic Car Day
Sunday September 24th
Classic cars in a Concours D’ Elegance
So much more than a Classic Car Show, the West Green House Classic Car Day welcomes car enthusiasts and their families to marvel at wonderful vehicles.
Enter through the private tree lined drive and park in front of the House. Visit the famed gardens and enjoy teas and lunch in Tea Room, or indulge in a delicious Traditional Afternoon Tea with all the trimmings.
Ticket price (£10pp) includes entry to the Gardens throughout the day of the car show.
Our Traditional Afternoon Teas are all prepared to order and we anticipate being very busy on this day. Please note that pre-booking for Afternoon Tea is therefore essential.
Online booking now available (link opens in a new window)