National Garden Scheme

June 14th 2022

National Garden Scheme Open Day


Ticket type Price
Adult (16 and over) £6.50
Child Free
National Garden Scheme Open Day

The Gardens at Stonor will open especially for the National Garden Scheme on Tuesday 14th June with all funds raised from ticket sales and refreshments going to the excellent causes that the National Garden Scheme supports.

Visitors will love the serenity of the Renaissance ponds and fountains in the delightful 17th Century Italianate Pleasure Garden. Wander amongst the ancient yews, clipped box hedges and abundant plants and flowers. And there’s another hidden gem; the curious will find a secluded Japanese style hideaway nestling amongst the foliage.

Across the herbaceous border and through the iron gates, you can glimpse an area known simply as Grandmother’s Garden. In spring this area is dappled with Daffodils and by the beginning of summer is awash with the alluring scent of Pheasant Eye Narcissi.

A 140m herbaceous border connects the Italianate Pleasure Garden to the Old Kitchen Garden Lined with apple and plum trees which blossom sensationally in the spring. The Old Kitchen Garden was replanted by Lady Camoys in 1980 and further developed more recently by Lady Ailsa Stonor. Dazzling displays of May-flowering irises, June-blooming peonies and heritage roses create a timeless beauty.

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Detailed Instructions

Conveniently located between the M4 (J8/9) and M40 (J6) in south Oxfordshire, Drover’s Hill is a 10-minute drive from Henley, an hour from London, 40 minutes from Oxford and Heathrow and half an hour from Reading. The nearest station is Henley-on-Thames and there are taxis are available there.

You’ll find Drover’s Hill at Stonor on Coxlease Lane, between Fawley Bottom and Southend. Please use postcode RG9 6JL or mondays.wolves.noun on what3words, and remember that the hill can’t be accessed from the main entrance to Stonor Park.

If you’re approaching from the east on the M40 motorway, please ignore your sat nav if it tells you to exit at Junction 4 or 5 - this will add up to an hour to your journey. Please only exit at Junction 6