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Tuesday 24th 10:00am

Kate Harwood talk on the use of greenhouses throughout history

Kate is an experienced lecturer in garden history, planning and conservation.  This illustrated talk promises to be both informative and entertaining.

Venue: Northwood House, Ward Avenue, Cowes.

£15.00 to include tea/coffee

This will be followed by a guided walk around the Park.

Please book by calling John Harrison on 740415 who can take payment over the telephone.


Saturday 9th 1:30pm

Gardens and Landscapes of West Ryde

Mike Dawson once again leads a walk for the Isle of Wight Gardens Trust as part of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival.  The walk will show how Ryde developed from farmland, woodland and commons into the largest town on the island and how it coped with the increase of inhabitants and with the large number of burials.

A circular walk at an easy pace on mostly even surfaces.  A shortened route will be possible if wanted.  

Free but suggested donation to the Isle of Wight Gardens Trust.

For further details please contact Mike Dawson ( or call 07794173865


Date to be confirmed

Annual General Meeting

This year’s meeting will be held at Bembridge Sailing Club followed by lunch at the Pilot Boat Inn (the cost of lunch is not included in this free event).  This will be followed by a tour of two private Bembridge gardens courtesy of their owners.

Thursday 18th  

Trip to Folly Farm for private garden tour

We are pleased to announce that we have been able to secure permission to have a private tour of the beautiful gardens at Folly Farm now under the care of Estate Manager and former curator of Ventnor Botanic Garden, Simon Goodenough.  One of the finest examples of collaboration between Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, much of this garden had been lost when it was purchased by Jonathan and Jennifer Oppenheimer around ten years ago.  Together with the Lutyens Trust, Jennifer set about sympathetically restoring the C17 house and gardens.  A ‘dream team’ of architects and garden design including Dan Pearson was assembled and managed by Simon.

Sadly, Jennifer died in May 2017 but the work continues in tribute to her vision and energy.

This full day trip is only £65 per person to include the cost of transport (including the ferry) lunch, the tour and afternoon tea.

We are expecting this tour to be very popular so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Email Susan Dobbs ( or telephone 01983 612132 to reserve your place.


The Committee is currently working hard to pull together the programme for the rest of the year. Check back regularly for more information.

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