Midlands AGM: Thenford Arboretum & Gardens
BALI Regional Event
- Thenford Arboretum & Gardens
- 01 Mar 2024
- Thenford, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX17 2BX
- Opening times:
- 11:45am - 4:30pm
Join us for this year’s Midlands Regional AGM – a great opportunity to have your say, learn more about the Association’s plans, and help shape the future of the Association. Held at Thenford House, this is also a great chance to visit and learn about Thenford, whilst exploring the acres of beautiful gardens created over many years.
The Midlands committee are pleased to announce their AGM event this year will be held at Thenford House, followed by a talk and tour of the gardens with Head Gardener Darren Webster. The arboretum and gardens are only open on limited days throughout the year, but we are thrilled the owner, Lord Heseltine, has kindly agreed to open the doors exclusively to us.
Please note: the AGM can only be attended by members. However, non-members are welcome to book onto this event and join us for the talk and tour of the arboretum and gardens from 1:00 pm.
On the day
- 11:45am: Arrival, refreshments
- 12:00pm: AGM: including a member engagement workshop with Sharon Kennett - Marketing and Brand Consultant.
- 1:00pm: Ploughman’s lunch
- 1:45pm: Thenford talk from Head Gardener, Darren Webster
- 2:30pm: Access to the bountiful gardens
- 4:30pm: Finish
About Thenford Arboretum & Gardens
The house has been owned by Lord and Lady Heseltine since 1976. Over the next 25 years, their priority consisted of the restoration of the 40 acres of woodland. In order to help with the replanting programme, the Heseltines sought advice from some of the leading horticultural leaders of the time, including Lanning Roper, Sir Harold Hillier, Roy Lancaster and Keith Rushforth.
The arboretum now spreads over 70 acres and features a collection of more than three thousand different trees and shrubs and extensive herbaceous borders. The garden is set over various sections, including the walled garden, the rill, the water gardens, the sculpture gardens and the trough gardens, all of which have something that makes them individual.
The gardens are very personal with many unique features including gates, entrances and sculptures, a real eclectic mix.