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Spring Garden Visit to the Dell, Bucklebury

Online Lecture on Wednesday, 19th May at 2pm
followed by the visit on Thursday, 20th May at 2pm

As this will be our first garden visit since the imposition of COVID restrictions, please be understanding if there are last minutes alterations in the arrangements for this visit.  We will make whatever changes are needed to remain in compliance with changing government pandemic restrictions.

The Dell is part of the garden created for Bucklebury Place by Arthur Warwick Sutton (1854 – 1925) who was a partner in Sutton Seeds.  Much of what we know about the Bucklebury Place gardens comes from articles in a weekly magazine called Gardening World.  Arthur Sutton’s pride and joy was a part of the garden called the Dell.  He took advantage of the natural topography to create a woodland glade with two ponds and a cascade between them.   The Dell was planted with a variety of shrubs and showy flowers within a shelter belt of trees and many spring bulbs.   The fact that the Dell has survived is remarkable.  It has developed into a beautiful woodland glade with many of its original features. The bulbs that were planted originally have been left to multiply and now produce a dazzling spring display.

This event is in two parts:  on Wednesday, Janet Fuller will provide a brief online lecture about the history of the Dell, including photos of it when it was first planted.  This will provide context for the visit on the following day.  The visit will be hosted by the owner of the Dell, Tony Billington, who will lead the tour and be available to answer questions.  Depending on COVID restrictions, afternoon tea may be available but it is not included in the ticket price. 

There is a maximum number of 30 people for this event so please book early! Until 17 April, only BGT members may book. Thereafter bookings from non-members are welcomed.

NOTE:  There are uneven surfaces and stairs, so stout shoes will be required.  If it is raining or has been raining just before the visit, the Dell will be damp and paths may be slippery.  A map with directions to the Dell will be provided to those people who book along with the COVID safety guidelines.  There is ample parking and there is a toilet available in the grounds. 

Cost: Tickets are £10 for members and £15 for non-members.  A Zoom link for the lecture will be send to you a few days before the 19th May along with directions to the Dell.  The lecture will last approximately 30 minutes followed by questions.  The lecture will not be recorded.  

Queries: Please contact Janet by email at   

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Lower Pond, The Dell 1900. From Gardening World

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Lower Pond, The Dell 2020

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