Highnam Court Visit July 27th 2021

A small group of 9 visited this 40 acre Gloucestershire estate which surrounds a lovely house (1658).

The current owner Roger Head started restoration in 1994 and has both restored old areas and developed new gardens. It includes a fernery, 3 lakes and water gardens and many rose gardens.

On an unsettled thundery day we managed to dodge the only shower with tea and cake in the Orangery.

Col. Mike Bennett met us and facilitated the visit, armed with a map we were then left to explore the grounds  on our own.

If you missed the trip and are interested in visiting, Highnam Court is open on the first Sunday of the month in summer under the NGS open gardens scheme.

Roses at Highnam Court
A view of Highnam Court gardens
One of the woodcarvings at Highnam Court
Members of the Garden Club enjoying Highnam Court

July 2021 Meeting

Heather Godard-Key gave a splendid talk entitled ‘Fantastic Ferns’.

Heather’s talk was packed with historical facts, horticultural advice and amusing moments.

We were told how ferns, one of the oldest groups of plants on the planet, had evolved to cope with lots of different conditions and the varied and interesting ways they reproduce.

Heather mentioned how Victorian ladies, gripped by the freedom and excitement of ‘Fern-Mania’, harvested and wiped out some rare local species, leading to the foundation of a Pteridological Society with¬† the aim of conserving them.

Heather recommended ferns to plant in damp and dry shade with growing tips for different soil conditions and gave advice on growing in pots.

All this information along with a tempting sales table, ensured that our first meeting in the Town Hall since March 2020 was a great success.

Heather Godard-Key


A Woodwardia with young ferns growing on top of its fronds


Part of the tempting sales table