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Chelsea Plant Sale – Saturday 1st June

£10.00

Chilworth Manor, Chilworth, Surrey
Saturday 1st June, 10am – 5pm

Join us at Chilworth Manor for our very special National Garden Scheme, Chelsea Plant Sale. On sale will be a wide selection of perennials all specially selected for our show garden at RHS Chelsea Flower show by our award-winning garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith and Peter Clay, co-founder of the renowned online nursery Crocus.

Tickets (which includes entry to both the plant sale and the garden) are sold for entry within a one hour window – please select your timeslot below. Children free. Sorry dogs are not allowed.

To facilitate parking please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your timeslot begins.

Description

Our plant sale is being generously hosted in the heart of Chilworth Manor, one of the most romantic gardens in the South East and home to garden owners Graham and Mia Wrigley. Thanks to their generosity all profits raised at the sale will be donated to the National Garden Scheme in support of some of the UK’s best-loved nursing and health charities. On sale will be a wide selection of perennials all specially selected for our show garden at RHS Chelsea Flower show by our award-winning garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith and Peter Clay, co-founder of the renowned online nursery Crocus.

In addition to the wide range of plants for sale and the expert horticultural advice from our volunteers, you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful garden and enjoy delicious homemade tea and cakes in the walled garden. Head Gardener, John MacRae-Brown will also be available to lead visitors on a tour of the garden at 1pm – anyone who is visiting at that time is welcome to join the tour.

 

 

The garden has an illustrious history, not least thanks to the ownership in the 18th century of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, wife of the military duke. The duchess added the spectacular terraced walled garden, known as the Duchess’s Garden, which skillfully links the house and garden with the rising landscape beyond – and today gives Chilworth so much of its character.

The subtle planting of the formal gardens is complemented by wilder areas; the two ancient stew ponds (originally used to store live fish) are fed by the local river and now provide irrigation for the garden. Stepping stones lead you across one pond to secluded woodland and a secretive woodland walk beyond.

The history of Chilworth Manor is deeply entwined with the National Garden Scheme. The gardens were first opened in 1933 by Alfred Mildmay. From 1946 the garden owners were Lionel and Daphne Heald who opened for 58 years up until 2003. From 1951 to 1979 Lady Heald was also the decisive Chairman of the National Garden Scheme, steering the charity through its period of major growth and setting it up to become an independent charity in 1980. After her death in 2004, Chilworth was acquired by Graham and Mia Wrigley who have combined securing the garden’s distinguished heritage with breathing new life into the design and planting. They have also added an acclaimed vineyard.

Tasting and tours of the vineyard are also available at an additional cost and bookable on the Chilworth Vineyard website: www.chilworthmanorvineyard.com/

 

Find out more about our Chelsea Show Garden

 

 

Additional information

Timeslot

10.00am, 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm, 2.00pm, 3.00pm, 4.00pm

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Our donations in 2023

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Donor 2 £450,000
Donor 3 £450,000
Donor 4 £450,000
Donor 5 £425,000
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