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Hill Close Gardens

 

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Visitor Comments

Spirit of Christmas
1 December 2013
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I would just like to say how much my family and I enjoyed the day. We have lived in Warwick all of our lives and have never before been to Hill Close but we will certainly be back soon.
The staff (volunteers) on Sunday were a credit to any organisation, they were helpful, informative, friendly and fun. They encouraged my 2 year old son to take part without being pushy and he loved every minute of it. He especially enjoyed the bell ringing and Santa (who was excellent). The entire event was professionally run and a pleasure to be part of."

 

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Events at Hill Close Gardens

Summer/Autumn 2015

Thursday, 27 August, Teddy Bear's Picnic
2.00 pm to 5.00 pm, £4 per child, £1.50 per adult, no need to book for this event
Bring along a picnic and your favourite bear or cuddly toy and spend a fun-filled afternoon in our delightful gardens. The Teddy Doctor will be in residence in one of the summer houses if you wish her to check that your teddy and/or toy is fit and well.

Friday, 28 August, Apple Walk: Head Gardener's Guided Tour
2.30 pm to 3.30 pm, no extra charge
On this special walk the apple tree collection in the gardens will be the main topic for discussion.

Friday, 11 September, Apple Walk: Head Gardener's Guided Tour
2.30 pm to 3.30 pm, no extra charge
On this special walk the apple tree collection in the gardens will be the main topic for discussion.

Saturday - Sunday, 12-13 September, Heritage Weekend
11.00 am to 5.00 pm each day, free entry for all
Along with other places of special interest in the area, Hill Close Gardens supports Heritage Weekend by opening the Gardens to all visitors free of charge. Come and explore this rare example of Victorian leisure gardens. They were owned and maintained by local residents who had no garden of their own. Some of the summer houses are Grade II listed and a delight to see. Last entry to the Gardens is at 4.30pm.

Saturday, 19 September, History of Hill Close Gardens: guided tour
11.00 am to 12.00 noon, no extra charge for talk, normal entry charges to the Gardens
A great opportunity to learn about the history of these special Gardens in Warwick: how and why they came into existence, who owned them and the effort the local residents put in to rescue them from being built on. Time to wander round them and admire the beautiful views across the racecourse and common.

Plants and produce will be available for purchase near the Glasshouse and the cafe in the Lammas Room in the Visitor Centre will be serving light refreshments.

Saturday - Sunday, 26-27 September, Aster Weekend
11.00 am to 5.00 pm each day, normal entry charges. Saturday entry charges donated to the National Gardens Scheme
The Gardens have an interesting collection of asters assembled over many years; some varieties you may not have seen or heard of before. If you would like to see the asters listed in our collection click here more> and scroll down to pages 4-6.

Wednesday, 14 October, Grow and Explore Outdoors: a session for children under 5yrs
9.30 am to 11.00 am, cost: £3 for first child in family, each additional child £1, under 1's free
Come to play and explore the Gardens. The activities will be both indoor and outdoor whatever the weather, so please dress appropriately! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Sunday, 18 October, Apple Day and Country Fair
11.00 am to 5.00 pm, last entry at 4.30 pm, normal entry charges apply

This is always a great day out for all the family: apple displays and tastings, cultivation and gardening advice, competitions, children's activities, craft stalls and plants and produce for sale. Enjoy refreshments in the Visitor Centre: tea, coffee, hot chocolate, fruit juice, cakes, scones, teacakes.

Thursday, 29 October, Colour Collectors Children's Workshop: discover the colours of Autumn in the Gardens
10.30 am - 12.00 noon, £4 per child, pre-booking essential, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Further details coming soon including booking instructions.

Wednesday, 11 November, Grow and Explore Outdoors: a session for children under 5yrs
9.30 am to 11.00 am, cost: £3 for first child in family, each additional child £1, under 1's free
Come to play and explore the Gardens. The activities will be both indoor and outdoor whatever the weather, so please dress appropriately! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Sunday, 6 December, Spirit of Christmas
2.00 pm - 4.30 pm, £4 per child, £2.50 per adult, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

A great family event. Further details coming soon.

For other children's events and information about the children's trails more>

For a list of all the events this season more>

Group Visits
Groups of 10 and over can visit the gardens at any time throughout the year for guided tours. The charge is £8 a head to include entrance, a guide and tea and cake in the Centre (minimum charge £80). This is an opportunity to learn about the history and restoration of the gardens with their rich variety of Victorian fruit and flowers, the design and building of the sustainable Hill Close Centre. For further information contact the Centre Manager on tel 01926 493339 or email centremanager@ hcgt.org.uk

Apples, apples, apples.....

A display of unusual varieties of apples

Autumn and Apple Day always bring visitors to see the historic apple collection
Since 1856 apples, pears and plums were known to have been grown in the Gardens as well as soft fruit. Now there are more than 60 different varieties in the Gardens. By the 1990s, the trees were totally overgrown with swags of ivy and brambles. Noreen Jardine, assisted by Geoff Croft and many volunteers, started a programme of clearing and restoring these trees to bring them back to growth and fruit bearing.

The next task was to identify them and this was pursued with energy and persistence by Noreen and eventually most of the trees were named. There is one which has yet to be named. More varieties were planted in 2002 and subsequent years.

The season starts with the earliest dessert apple ‘Beauty of Bath’ 1864, followed by the small deep-red ‘Devonshire Quarrendon’ 1676. The early cookers include ‘Arthur Turner’ 1850 and there is the dual purpose ‘James Grieve’ 1893.
Some of the mid-season apples are ‘Queen’ 1858, ‘Newton Wonder’ 1870 and ‘Peasgood Nonsuch’ 1853, a very large dual purpose apple.  'Lord Derby’ 1862 and ‘Wyken Pippin’ 1703 are late in the season, which finishes with the russets ‘Golden Knob’ 1600s, which last well into the New Year.