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Green shoots of spring showing at Coachmans Cottage, Steeple Ashton.

After the wet winter that we have been experiencing, the dark nights of January are behind us and at last the snowdrops are here and the daffodils on the village green are just pushing through the turf as we enter February. Stay in Coachmans Cottage during February and March and enjoy a bottle of Prosecco and some lovely Spring Flowers on us.

Early Spring Gardens to visit in February and March whilst staying at Coachmans Cottage in Wiltshire 

I recently sent photographs to a long standing guest of Coachmans Cottage, taken last summer on glorious sunny days which now seem a dim memory. It set me thinking how nice it would be to put together some ideas to get me into the gardening mood. I hope that you will enjoy them too....

Westcroft, nr. Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Whilst overflowing with roses in June, in February the bones of this ⅔ acre galanthophile’s garden on chalk are on show. Brick and flint walls, terraces, rustic arches, gates and pond add character. Drifts of snowdrops carpet the floor whilst throughout is a growing collection of over 400 named varieties. Many hellebores, pulmonarias, grasses and seedheads add interest.
Attractions: Snowdrops (weather dependent.)

 OPEN:- Thursday 6th February 11am - 4pm; Friday 7th February 11am - 4pm; Sunday 9th February 11am - 4pm; Thursday 13th February 11am - 4pm; Thursday 20th February 11am - 4pm; Sunday 23rd February 11am - 4pm; Thursday 27th February 11am - 4pm; Thursday 5th March 11am - 4pm

Broadleas House Gardens, Devizes, Wiltshire.

6 acre garden of hedges, herbaceous borders, rose arches, bee garden and orchard stuffed with good plants. Well stocked kitchen and herb gardens. Mature collection of specimen trees incl magnolia, handkerchief, redwood, dogwood. Overlooked by the house and arranged above the small valley garden which is crowded with magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, cornus and hydrangeas.

OPEN:- 22nd March.

Corsham Court, Corsham, Wiltshire.

Park and gardens laid out by Capability Brown and Repton. Large lawns with fine specimens of ornamental trees surround the Elizabethan mansion. C18 bath house hidden in the grounds. Spring bulbs, beautiful lily pond with Indian bean trees, young arboretum and stunning collection of magnolias.

Fonthill House, Tisbury, Wiltshire. 

Wonderful woodland walks with daffodils, rhododendrons, azaleas, shrubs, bulbs; magnificent views; formal gardens. The gardens have been extensively redeveloped under the direction of Tania Compton and Marie-Louise Agius. The formal gardens are being continuously improved with new designs, exciting trees, shrubs and plants. Gorgeous William Pye fountain and other sculptures.

Stourhead Gardens.

Magical whenever the season and whatever the weather.

Gardening Talks.

6th February. Pruning Trees and Shrubs. A seasonal talk by RHS Registered Speaker Richard Cripps.

Steeple Ashton Village Hall. 7.15. Complimentary admission for guests staying at Coachmans Cottage.

Thu 20th Feb. 7:30pm. An Evening With Alan Titchmarsh.

Memorial Theatre & Assembly Rooms, Frome.
To describe Alan as a National Treasure would not do his talents justice. A gardener, a poet, an excellent and innovative TV presenter, a writer of non-fiction and a novelist, he is an immensely creative and empathetic man. Such a richness of ability might be scary but in Alan, readers and viewers have found a friend. In fact, there is a rumour that his waxwork at Madame Tussaud's has to have lipstick smudges wiped off every fortnight! Now in 2020 Alan takes to the stage, showcasing all his talents wrapped up in a bundle of glorious anecdotes and enlightening "tales from his life on earth". Popular gardener and broadcaster, famous for his frantic efforts to restore order to neglected gardens in BBC TV's Groundforce as well as Gardener's World along with being a popular daytime ITV chat show host and Classic FM presenter.

Fri, 28 February  Gardening for Wildlife: Walk and Talk with Megan, Head Gardener/ Ecologist.

Woolley Grange Hotel,  Woolley Green, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1TX.
Learn about how to garden in a way that allows both your plants and wildlife to thrive in your garden. In this nature 'walk and talk' Megan, talented Head Gardener and ecologist shares interesting and practical tips on how to make your garden more wildlife friendly!

March 4th Chris Beardshaw: A 100 Plants That Changed The World. Celebrity gardener.

Chris Beardshaw is giving a give a talk entitled '100 Plants That Changed the World'. 7pm. Ellendune Community Centre, Barrett way, Wroughton ,SN4 9LW.  

A couple of non gardening related ideas.

Have you ever thought about making Sourdough Bread?

Well here’s your chance... https://www.vaughanskitchen.co.uk

Enjoy a Photography Exhibition at the Fox Talbot Museum by Carla van de Puttelaar.

A photographic exhibition of the work of Dutch artist Carla van de Puttelaar, entitled Adornments, will be on display at the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock, from 25 January.

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