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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

Winter 2014

Tuesday, 28 October, Autumn Workshop
10.30 am to 12.00 noon, or 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm, £4 per child, accompanying adult free
Come and look for signs of Autumn in the Gardens. Find out how garden animals get ready for Winter. Join in the Autumn themed garden craft activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

To book your place please telephone 01926 493339 or e-mail educationofficer@hcgt.org.uk.

Wednesday, 12 November, Grow and Explore Outdoors: a session for children under 5, 9.30 am to 11.00 am, cost: £2.50 for first child in family, each additional child £1
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, 7 December, Spirit of Christmas
2.00 pm to 5.00 pm, £4 per child, £1.50 per adult
Christmas fun for all the family including Santa's Summerhouse Trail, seasonal entertainment, and food and drink.

Wednesday, 10 December, Grow and Explore Outdoors: a session for children under 5, 9.30 am to 11.00 am, cost: £2.50 for first child in family, each additional child £1
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.

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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.