Fiona Forbury Gardens (Grade II on the Historic England Register) is a very accessible garden near the centre of Reading, close to the restored Abbey Ruins, Pugin Church, Chestnut Walk and the Kennet Canal. it is close to the contrasting environments of the old law courts, Oscar Wilde's prison, businesses, shops, cafes, the railway station & Thames riverside. There is always some seasonal planting interest, especially with the bedding though there are also specimen trees & shrubs as well as listed monuments, eg the famous Maiwand Lion, the Fountain & Grotto and the impressive gates by the War Memorial. A way to be part of a bustling town while still be surrounded by peace & nature. Fiona
Englefield Park, Theale
Roger The gardens of the beautiful Grade II Registered Park & Garden at Englefield Park & setting of its Grade II* house, home of the Benyon family, are open each Monday between April & October. It is a garden for 3 seasons, with the highlight this autumn being the autumn colours of the tree & shrub collection above the formal terrace and the wonderful filtered views through reds & golds to the house and across the parkland to the lakes & woodlands of the estate west of Theale. We even saw deer rutting on our visit. Many of you will remember our wonderful 10 year celebrations in July 2019 at the gardens and the Long Gallery.
Eton College Gardens
Julia & Brian This is one of our favourite visits - undertaken in 2016.
The Dell, Bucklebury
Janet The Dell is my faourite garden at the moment, even though I've never seen it at its very best - which is the Spring. The Dell was part of a late Victorian estate created by Arthur Sutton (one of the Managing Partners at Sutton Seeds). Over time, the house was separated from its gardens but, despite this, the Dell has survived & has been maintained in a style consistent with its original spirit & design intent. It is a remarkable survival, thanks entirely to Tony, who is a member of the Berkshire Gardens Trust. This is his photo because it is also his favourite garden. It is the subject of my first research project for BGT. I hope that we will be able to finally visit it in Spring 2021.
Bettina Welford Park, Lambourn Valley. The grounds of the beautiful Grade 1 listed home of HM Lord-Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire, Mr James Puxley, are open in February each year for their fabulous & massive display of snowdrops; interspersed with aconites, blue crocuses & the winter silhouettes of the trees. Something to look forward to, all being well. Bettina
Ben One of my favourite places; especially on a misty autumn day when I am thinking of gardens & parks of long ago. Click on the link to see BGT's research paper on Hamstead Park & our downloadable self-guided walk.