|The 2010 Garden Day|
The Dorset Gardens Trust 2010 GARDEN DAY
This promises to be an exciting all-day Sunday event for lovers of gardens and beautiful country. Chideock will provide a magnificent setting for a great day out. There will be about 30 stalls including many selling specialist plants and garden crafts, as well as displays, lectures, creative flower arranging demonstrations, delicious lunches and cream teas.
The event is at the kind invitation of Howard & Deirdre Coates who have been the owners since 1996. Using Chideock’s ravishing landscape as a backdrop, they have created the garden of today with its box and santolina parterre, crab apple and lime walks, rose and clematis archways, stream garden, and paths through the woodland and around the lake.
The Chideock Manor estate is of medieval foundation and has been occupied for over 650 years, principally by the Arundell and Weld families. Chideock has always been an important bastion of Roman Catholicism. The present Roman Catholic Church, where the talks will be held, adjoins the manor house and was built in a highly original Italian Romanesque style in 1870 by the Weld family. The talks, given by Anna Pavord, Tim Richardson and Kim Wilkie, will be introduced by Penelope Hobhouse. Click here for more details and photographs of the village and Manor, and here for details of the talks and flower arranging demonstrations.
The DGT organises Garden Days on alternate years - the four most recent were at Thornhill [Stalbridge] in 2008, Parnham [Beaminster] in 2006, Melbury [nr Dorchester] in 2004, and Encombe [nr Swanage] in 2002. The funds raised at these events enable the DGT to continue its work in protecting the historic parks and gardens of Dorset.