Sunday 3rd October 2021

Venue: Chawton House

From the transforming power of the snowdrop to a bluebell’s azure vest, gardens and the natural world have always served as a source of great poetry. On this unique garden tour, explore the secluded fernery, abundant orchard and fragrant rose garden, accompanied by inspiring readings from poems within the collection.

On this hour and a half tour of the historic grounds and gardens at Chawton House, your knowledgeable guide will stop at key features that include rambling wilderness, hidden ha-ha and avenue of Lime trees, and more, to learn about their history, and hear poetry that reflects their beauty and grandeur.

An in-depth tour of the Walled Garden is also included. Journey along two Edwardian terraces and through a fragrant rose garden before entering ornate iron gates to explore the orchard, cutting and herb gardens. Your Guide will discuss each of these areas and talk about the inspiration and development of the herb garden in particular. Learn about the historic fruit trees in the orchard, medicinal plants and their uses and how we work to bring together the garden, house and library collection.

Please note, this tour includes some steps and the gardens are fairly large so it is advisable to wear comfortable walking shoes as you will be on your feet for the tour.


£5 per person

Tour takes approximately 90 minutes. Access to the House is not included in the tour although participants are free to enter the tearoom afterwards.