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Midsummer Night's Tour

  • Turn End Townside Haddenham, England, HP17 8BG United Kingdom (map)

Back by popular demand! Join Jackie Hunt, Turn End’s gardener to explore the sights and scents of the garden on the longest day of the year. Enjoy a glass of bubbly or cordial on arrival followed by a leisurely stroll to explore all areas of the garden. Jackie will introduce the history and design of the garden, visit ‘behind the scenes’ working areas and look at plants looking their best at this time of year.  Plenty of opportunity to explore the garden after the walk, ask questions and buy home-grown plants.

When Peter and Margret Aldington bought the land in 1963 it was densely overgrown to a height of 20 feet in places. It had once been a garden and the attraction was the mixture of mature deciduous and coniferous trees, ancient mud walls and Victorian Coach House. Over the past 50 years the garden has been transformed into a unique and enchanting series of garden rooms, sunken or raised, sunny or shady, geometric or informal, yet all harmonious and unifying the irregular geography with the buildings. Over the past 8 years Jackie and her fellow gardeners have been gradually developing the different planting themes of each area of the garden.

Jackie Hunt, originally a museum curator & archaeologist, retrained as a gardener 10 years ago, obtaining various RHS and City and Guilds horticultural qualifications and a National Diploma in Horticulture. She previously worked for the National Trust and ran her own garden design & maintenance business. Jackie has been the gardener at Turn End since 2010 where she is responsible for the maintenance and development of the garden, as well as assisting with management of the estate.

£15 (Friends: free, children: free)

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