Gardens

Lord Margadale is opening his beautiful gardens in aid of Pancreatic Cancer Action on Sunday 11th July from 12pm to 5pm

 

Watch the movie HERE of Richard Curtis & Lord Margadale inviting you to this wonderful event

 

Bid in the Online Auction HERE!

 

Order tickets HERE!

 

Pancreatic Cancer Action was founded by Ali Stunt in 2010. She is one of the lucky survivors having been diagnosed herself with it in 2007, but because her illness was detected early enough she was able to have a life-saving operation. 90% of people diagnosed with it are not so fortunate. Pancreatic Cancer Action’s mission is to improve the survival rates by ensuring diagnosis of people is early and in time for surgery (currently the only potential cure).

 

With the green fingers of the Head Gardener, Erwin Kraan, and two renowned garden designers, Tania Compton and Marie-Louise Agius, the gardens at Fonthill House are continually improving and developing. There are formal areas, an ornamental and organic kitchen garden, mixed planting of shrubs and herbaceous perennials, bulbs and annuals. There is also small a selection of old and new sculptures including a water feature by William Pye. To the north of the house there are wonderful woodland walks with azaleas, magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons, sweet chestnuts and tall majestic oaks.

 

Purchase your tickets in advance. Bid for wonderful prizes in a Silent Auction, including theatre experiences, Safari Park family camping and a day out at Salisbury Races. Watch a wonderful film featuring the brilliant screenwriter, producer and film director Richard Curtis along with Lord Margadale inviting you to walk through the woods and wander through the garden, taking in all the beautiful flora and fauna of Fonthill House gardens.

 

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The gardens are open for various charities throughout the year. Tickets for our open days are available here on the website and also on our Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you at one of these events.

Fonthill house gardens are set in the idyllic rolling countryside of South Wiltshire

Surrounding the house are the formal gardens with mixed planting of shrubs, herbaceous perennials, bulbs and annuals. There is a small selection of old and new sculptures including a water feature by William Pye. There is also an ornamental kitchen garden that not only supplies the house but also the shoot lunches throughout the season with a large selection of fruit and vegetables.

North of the house are the woodland walks with azaleas, magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons, sweet chestnuts and tall majestic oaks, and an oak house made from young saplings.

South of the house is the park, or Deer Park, to give it its correct title, which is generally grazed by sheep today. Beyond the park is Fonthill lake, teeming with wildlife at all times of the year.

The gardens are a haven for the 3rd Lord Margadale of Islay and his family. With the help of his head gardener, Erwin Kraan, his assistant gardeners, and his team of 2 designers, Tania Compton and Marie-Louise Agius, the aim is to build on the legacy left by previous generations of the Morrison family.