Monday, 11 September 2017

Wellington College Open Gardens


Thanks for calling in.  So nice to see you.

Last year I really enjoyed visiting Wellington College for their Open Gardens in aid of the Thames Valley Air Ambulance Charity so when I heard it was on again (already!), I made a beeline and luckily the sun came too.

This is the entrance.

The garden looked very smart with its stripy lawn.

Not many flowers about anywhere compared to last year when there seemed more, it must have been the weather.

A pretty wildflower meadow was just fading but must have looked lovely earlier on.  I really think this is the way to go rather than lawns, so much more productive.

Look at that sky!

This year, we had a Tour Guide who showed us round some of the interiors.  Here we see the Old Dining Room, now used for events and can be hired, especially if using the Chapel for a Wedding.

Wandering round the courtyards is very pleasant, such a beautiful building.

Copenhagen, the Duke of Wellington's horse

This room has doors all the way along with the names of the College Houses, behind each one is a tribute and list of past pupils who died in the World Wars, all beautifully written.

The Chapel has some interesting features with the building work of last year completed, the windows can be admired.

A new Performance Centre is underway.

With some of the students learning Mandarin, the Chinese classrooms look just the place to go.

The current dining room has plenty of space, in a few weeks time it will be full of hungry boys and girls enjoying their dinner.

The archive room is used for meetings and contains historical artefacts about the College.

The Living Legacy Garden won a Silver Gilt Medal at the 2015 Chelsea Flower Show and is full of symbols.  Here's a link to my last visit.

The Thames Valley Air Ambulance Charity collects £5 from each visitor and there are tasty cakes and refreshments available at the cricket pavilion.

 What a wonderful place to study, £37,000 a year our Tour Guide mentioned though.

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  1. Goodness, those are steep fees. It sounds like you enjoyed your visit, even though you went last year too. It looks like it's one of those places where there's more to see each time you visit.

    1. It's a pity they don't let the public loose earlier in the year as the flowers would probably be more colourful but I suppose they can only do it when the children are on holiday.

  2. Wow, I wouldn't want to foot that bill. However it really does look like a great place to study, such impressive buildings and gardens.

    1. It is a bit expensive but then if you've got the money, it's very reasonable. 😊

  3. Looks like a great visit for £5 going to a good and quite essential cause and with lovely gardens and buildings to see in return. Such steep fees though you'd have to be earning millions to send a couple of children there to study:)

    1. For many years I've only noticed the gardens were open the day after! We'll have to try a few different gardens next year.

  4. Ooh, it looks like a lovely place for an afternoon out and at £5, a bit of a bargain. I wish I lived closer. Thanks for sharing. x