Henley Life February 2019 - page 8

It is not too early to talk about Spring, and
the National Trust have some wonderful
places to offer, with lovely spring walks.
Here are a few of their Spring gardens
nearby ( go to
for more information.
Greys Court (near Henley-on-Thames)
The garden team at Henley’s closest National
Trust property has been hard at work planting
thousands of bulbs and clearing the
woodland floor to make spring extra special
this year. To discover a vibrant carpet of
bluebells, take Sir Felix’s gentle path along to
Spinney Wood and admire the daffodils,
cowslips and irises along the way.
Along the nut tree walk next to the maze
you’ll see a beautiful patchwork of colour, with
spring bulbs planted in a quilt-like fashion.
You can wander around the walled gardens
and find hyacinths under the 130 year-old
wisteria, and watch cherry blossom gently fall
onto cobbled paths, specially designed to
keep petals underfoot.
Follow the Facebook and Twitter pages for
bluebell and wisteria watch updates.
Care, Clean and Conserve: Behind the scenes
with the house team
Tue 1 Jan – Thu 28 Feb
Discover how the team cares for the collection,
with tours, displays and more.
Winter tree walk with Leo the Ranger
Wed 13 Feb 11am
Join Leo the Ranger for a walk around Greys
Court to learn to identify trees without leaves.
£3 Book online
February half-term trail
Sat 16 – Sun 24 Feb
Explore the estate and learn about the work
done to protect it. £2
Cliveden (near Maidenhead)
Every Spring the gardens at Cliveden are a
delight to behold, and this year is no
exception. The six-acre Parterre bursts at the
seams with 21,000 spring bedding plants
filling the 16 central triangular beds. Among
them, blue pansies, two different types of
narcissi and three different varieties of tulips.
In the Long Garden, 11,000 Polyanthus
‘Piano Daffodil mix’ creates a carpet of
sunshine colour inside the box hedging,
whilst topiary, statuary and herbaceous
borders line the outside of this unique
and unusual garden.
In the oriental-inspiredWater Garden,
the dusky pinks of flowering blossom
and creamy-white magnolias form
picture perfect reflections in the lakes
From May there’ll be 2,000 pale blue
Camassia leichtlinii in bloom, adding
more glamour to this already gorgeous
Take a walk beyond the Grade I listed
gardens at Cliveden and you’ll find
yourself surrounded in a woodland
There are self-guided walks taking you
on a journey of cowslips, snowy wood
anemones and dog violets. Leaflets can
be collected from the Information
Centre and are free of charge, usual
admission to the estate applies.
Guided walk:
What do gardeners do in the winter?
Wed 6 Feb 2-4pm
Get behind-the-scenes tips and a souvenir
to take home from Cliveden’s Head
Tea, coffee and light refreshments
£15. Call 0344 249 1895
February half-term trail
Sat 16 – Sun 24 Feb 10am-2.30pm
Wrap up warm and get outdoors with our
children’s trail, and make your own craft to take
home. £2
Nuffield Place (near Henley-on-Thames)
Nuffield Place is the perfect place for a
peaceful stroll this Spring.
Look out for herbaceous borders starting to
flower, Spring bulbs appearing in the garden,
and wisteria blooming around the house.
In April, tall foxgloves will start to appear in
the woodland, attracting a chorus of insects,
and the bluebells are a sight not to be missed
from the accessible hard-standing path.
Nuffield Place grand reopening
Tues Feb 26
Join the team as it reopens the doors to
Nuffield Place for the new season, and see two
new displays of prized items in the collection.
Basildon Park (near Reading)
Cheerful buttercups and daffodils cover the
parkland at Basildon Park in the Spring.
Choose one of four way-marked paths
through the woodland and admire violets,
cowslip, cherry blossom and primroses.
Wander further along and soon you’ll find a
sea of natural bluebells, a great spot for a
moment of reflection and to take a
Below: Exterior of Greys Court,
©National Trust Images/Andreas von Einsiedel
Above: The South Front, Cliveden
©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler
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