Our first garden is Spilsbury Farm House, Tisbury. The garden has been described as one of total delight. After coffee/tea we will be taken on a tour of the garden and see geometry and pattern, in which topiary takes a part. But the planting does not appear to be restricted by these forms. There is a generous, glorious, profusion of flowering plants and shrubs. Nature has been given the upper hand. All is the creation of the owners Tania Compton , a garden designer, and her husband Jamie, a botanist, who moved to Spilsbury 20 years ago. The garden melds into stream, meadow and the backdrop, an Iron Age hilltop in the countryside beyond.
After lunch we visit Shute House Gardens, Donhead St Mary, a water garden created in 1969 by Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe, his favourite garden and some say his finest work. It has been restored by the present owners John and Suzy Lewis with the help of Sir Geoffrey himself. We will be given tours.
Of particular interest to members will be a box parterre containing six gardens of different themes and a box amphitheatre. The rill, which musically tumbles down from the river Nadder at the top of the garden to the Kashmiri bubble fountains below, is world famous. Sir Geoffrey drew on history, philosophy, psychology and art with the intention of influencing the mood and behaviour of the visitor.
We leave after tea and homemade cakes.
With many thanks to David for finding theses gardens and the place for lunch.