Winchester's Gardens Opened to Public

5th June 2022

In May, as part of the National Garden Scheme, the College opened its gardens to the general public for the first time.

The College's involvement was promoted by the Warden, Sir Richard Stagg, who is a keen gardener and has been involved with the NGS for a number of years.

Visitors had the opportunity to explore four principle gardens, each offering a unique perspective on both College life and the development of the grounds over many decades: Moberly Garden, War Cloister, Bethesda Garden and the Warden’s Garden. Visitors also had the opportunity to enjoy the Meads and the plane trees, some of which date back over 150 years.

Refreshments were served in the Warden’s Garden and we welcomed over 450 visitors over the course of the weekend, raising nearly £4,500 for the NGS charities.

College staff, including the Headmaster, guided visitors and explained the history of the gardens and the school. Head Gardener, Alan Smith and his team, were also on hand to share their knowledge and experience of maintaining the diverse range of gardens and plants found at the College.

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