Visits to the garden by groups of 10 or more people are welcome by prior arrangement. We offer an introductory talk tailored to your group's interest. For 2019, we are pleased to announce a new event for groups in partnership with Hartwell House (more details below).
Group visits to the house are not available but the Trust runs public House and Garden Open days during the events season.
A group visit to the garden...
begins with an introduction by the gardener about the history of the site and why Mr and Mrs Aldington chose to build their home and garden here. We then enter the garden where we explain more about its design and maintenance. Groups then are welcome to explore the series of garden spaces at leisure, the with the gardener on hand throughout to explain more and answer questions. The garden’s creator, Peter Aldington, is often able to join group visits too.
You may also be interested in visiting the neighbouring studios of Artist in Residence Heather Hunter and award-winning portrait photographer Paul Wilkinson. Depending on their availability, we can also arrange tea, coffee and biscuits at the studios. We can always recommend local venues for snacks or lunch.
We have a small nursery of home grown plants for sale as well as books about Turn End and Peter Aldington's houses.
Group visits cost £7.50 per person. We welcome groups of 10 or more, and up to 50 people.
Most groups visit us during weekday daytime but depending on availability we can also arrange visits at weekeends and evenings. The garden is an ever-changing delight from spring onwards. May sees the last of the cheerful tulips, and June and early July bring exuberant colour and scent with cascades of climbing roses and the borders in full bloom. Late summer and early autumn is rich in colour with annuals and exotics.
New for 2019 - a day visit for groups to two contrasting gardens
A day visit to Hartwell House and Turn End garden
First visit Hartwell House, an early 17th Century Grade I listed house with 90 acres of Capability Brown-inspired gardens and parkland set in stunning Buckinghamshire countryside, just south of Aylesbury. Arrive for morning coffee in the Drawing Rooms, followed by an entertaining and informative tour of the gardens and parkland with Head Gardener Richard Jones. Enjoy a two course luncheon in The Doric Dining Room.
Then depart for Haddenham to visit Turn End’s Grade II listed 20th century village garden, which encircles architect Peter Aldington’s own post-war Grade II* home (not open). Jackie Hunt, Turn End’s gardener will introduce the site’s history, design and maintenance. Explore the series of charming interlinked garden rooms at your own leisure and enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits in the garden and adjoining studio.
The contrast between scale and intimate space is significant but both gardens have historical importance and captivating stories to share with our visitors.
Format of the day:
10.30am: Arrive Hartwell House - welcome tea/coffee in one of the Drawing Rooms
11.00am-12.15pm: Garden tour of Hartwell gardens and parkland with Head Gardener, Richard Jones
12.30pm: Two-course luncheon with glass of wine and coffee in the Doric Dining room
2.15pm: Depart Hartwell House (in own transport) and travel to Turn End garden in Haddenham
2.30pm: Arrive Turn End for garden tour
Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served at Turn End
4.00pm: Depart Turn End
This day long visit costs £41.00 per person including the refreshments specified above. It is available to book for groups with a minimum of 15 and maximum of 30 people with their own transport on weekdays between May – September 2019.
To book a group visit
Please contact our gardener, Jackie Hunt by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave an answerphone message on 01844 291817.
Visiting Turn End House
Turn End is still the home of Margaret and Peter Aldington. Group visits by appointment are only available to the garden. Unfortunately we no longer host group visits to the house. However, it is possible to visit the house at one of our public House and Garden Open Days. Please see our What's On page for forthcoming dates.