Thursday, 13 February 2020 at 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Visit to Painswick Rococo Gardens, Painswick, Gloucester GL6 6TH
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
This visit has been arranged to see the snowdrops at their stunning best, carpeting steep banks and woodland glades in pure white and fresh green.
Also in bloom will be the wonderfully long-lasting cyclamen coum and an array of hellebores, ranging from the deepest purple to the softest cream.
We will be taken on a guided tour highlighting the snowdrop displays and planting features of this historic garden. The guided tour will relate to the history and restoration of Painswick Rococo Garden as well as letting us to appreciate the spring flowers.
At this time of year, there are around 5 million snowdrops, including some less-common varieties, such as the double form, Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’ and Galanthus ‘Atkinsii’, a particularly large snowdrop with an historical link to the garden, which can be found in the Red House Wilderness.
The Rococo Garden was built in a hidden valley over 250 years ago to reflect the flamboyance and frivolous taste of the wealthy owners of the time. In 1984, an article by Timothy Mowl and Roger White inspired the then owners, Lord and Lady Dickinson, to commence a restoration of the garden based on a 1748 drawing by local artist Thomas Robins. Now the garden is designated a Garden of Special Historic Interest by Historic England.
The garden, by its very nature, has steep paths and uneven surfaces, but every effort has been made to ensure the shop, cafe and toilets are accessible to those with mobility difficulties. Some area of the gardens may be difficult to reach but there are handrails on the steepest slopes and there are 45 benches dotted around the garden.
We have looked into providing transport for this visit but the costs and complexity of the Avon area prevent us from achieving an affordable outcome. Arrangements for car share will be made available and every effort will be made to couple up attendees where requested; please ask Peter Hills for details.
Contact Peter Hills – [email protected]; phone 01275 858 809 or 07748 507 166 [mob]; or post the AGT booking form.