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Galleries, Gardens & Exhibitions

COMPTON VERNEY

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Compton Verney
Warwickshire
 
 T: 01926 645500

 

Compton Verney is home to six diverse collections of nationally and internationally significant art from around the world, including British Folk Art, Chinese bronzes, British Portraits and works from Northern Europe and Naples. You can also find objects of inspiration and original textile designs by Enid Marx in our Marx-Lambert Collection.

The gallery is set within 120 acres of Grade II listed classical parkland, landscaped by 'Capability' Brown, the most eminent landscape architect of the eighteenth-century. Today the grounds still reflect his 'pleasure grounds' of sweeping grassland, ornamental lake and Cedars of Lebanon for which Brown is famous. On the walk from the car park you can enjoy Brown's footpaths through the woodland, stopping off to admire the viewpoints he created, which today make great photo opportunities

Click Here to read about the new exhibitions for 2015

 

MILLDENE GARDENS, MORETON IN MARSH

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Knowing nothing about gardening the Dares set about creating one of the most interesting gardens in the Cotswolds. It is personal, witty, surprising and of course, beautiful as well as horticulturally excellent. Features of this 1Ha (2 1/2 acres) garden include a misty grotto, a bog garden and stream. There are plenty of seats from which to enjoy the mill pond and its trout, kingfisher and ducks. It is an exercise in making the most of a difficult and steep sided site. It is also an exercise in creating something beautiful in which to meditate and to nourish the senses.

How to define it? An English country garden? Yes, but with fun and surprises: There is the relaxed and tranquil mill pond and grotto, then there are the hidden signs suggesting you go to Stoke on Trent (in the nicest possible way!) and  a Fruit Garden with wonderful views over the hills but with gooseberry bushes under which were found the family grandchildren!! The herb potager has plants with medicinal, culinary and pot pourri uses but also aphrodisiacs

 

 

HIDCOTE MANOR GARDENS, NATIONAL TRUST

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Hidcote Manor Garden is one of England’s great gardens and is famous for its rare trees and shrubs, herbaceous borders and unusual plants from all over the world.

The 300 acre estate, comprising farmland, the Manor and the hamlet of Hidcote Bartrim, was purchased in 1907 by Gertrude Winthrop, an American widow and her son Major Lawrence Johnston.

Johnston began to create the garden from a ten acre field containing just a few trees.  He divided the garden into a series of outdoor ‘rooms’ using hedges and walls.  Each room was designed to have its own special and unique character.

One of England’s great Arts and Crafts gardens, famous for its rare trees and shrubs, herbaceous borders and unusual plants from all over the world. The garden is divided by tall hedges and walls to create a series of ‘rooms’

 

 

HILL CLOSE GARDENS , WARWICK

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From April 4th - 6th, in tribute to the Victorian heritage of the gardens, visitors  to Hill Close Gardens can enjoy a special Victorian Easter.

The cafe will be transformed into a Victorian tearoom with staff in Victorian costume, and themed displays in the cafe and around the summerhouses will bring to life the way Victorians celebrated Easter: Floriography (the language of flowers), the emergence of Easter eggs and Easter cards, and the tradition of Simnel Cake.

On Easter Sunday, children are invited to join in the annual Hill Close Easter Egg hunt and Easter bonnet parade (4pm), which will be free to any child who attended a special Easter workshop on April 2nd and brings their handmade bonnet/basket.

Refreshments are served in the cafe overlooking the gardens, and there is a large greenhouse and plant sales area.

 

 

RAGLEY HALL, PARK & GARDENS

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The magnificent Ragley Hall, at the heart of the Ragley Estate, dates back to 1680 and is open to the public on select dates throughout the year for guided tours of the impressive state rooms which can also be hired exclusively for your dream wedding ceremony and reception.

Memorable, versatile and located in one of the Midland’s most beautiful counties, Ragley Hall is also the perfect venue for corporate and outdoor events.

If a fun family day out is what you’re looking for then Ragley Park really does have something for everyone! Children of all ages will be entertained for hours within our Adventure Wood and 3D maze and with boating on Ragley Lake, an 'Artist in Residence', pony rides and a Woodland Walk; it’s easy to see why Ragley is one of Warwickshire’s most popular family days out.

Whilst visiting, if gardens are your passion then you just have to explore Ragley Gardens. The 10 hectares of ‘Capability’ Brown gardens surrounding Ragley Hall are diverse and display a spectacular array of snowdrops in the winter, tulips and daffodils in the spring and a Rose Garden and Prairie Garden throughout the summer months.

Also look out for the Sculpture Collection which further enhance the Ragley landscape and include sculptures of the Hertford children and even one of a family dog

 

 

COUGHTON COURT - NATIONAL TRUST

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This National Trust property is set in the Warwickshire countryside, Coughton Court is a house full of secrets and intrigue.

Coughton has been home to the Throckmorton family for 600 years, this finest of Tudor houses stands testament to a family’s courage in maintaining their beliefs. From a position of high favour to one of fear and oppression post-Reformation, the Throckmorton’s were leaders in a dangerous age, helping to bring about Catholic emancipation in the 19th century.

Explore this story of fascinating personalities through the ‘family album’ of portraits and Catholic treasures around the house. Coughton is still very much a family home with an intimate feel: the Throckmorton family live here, managing the stunning gardens which they have created.

Learn all about the fascinating stories in the house, find your own quiet corner in the family gardens or join us at one of our many events taking place throughout the year

 

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