The Garden Guide

Turn End Garden

An architect's garden designed in the 1960s, by Peter Aldington. The first space was 'an outdoor room', to which were added a glade and a number of small geometrical garden spaces. It is a good example of the Abstract Style, softened by an Arts and Crafts approach to planting and construction.  Sir Peter Shepherd admired the garden.

Head Gardener's Comment

The garden was created as an integral part of a 1960s house, one of a group of three designed by Peter Aldington, now listed at grade 2*; one of only a handful of late 20th century houses to be so designated.

In less than an acre, space is used to create an illusion of size: a house courtyard with a naturalised pool; a small woodland area around 100 year old apple trees; a curving glade leading to a series of garden rooms, sunken or raised, sunny or shady, geometric or informal, yet all harmonious and unifying irregular geography with the buildings.

The garden and group of three houses is the subject of a book “ A Garden and Three Houses “ in which the late Sir Peter Shepherd commented ‘I know of no other garden which packs such riches into so small a space with such interesting and beautiful plants.’

This is a garden whose character changes constantly with the seasons. In spring the ground is carpeted by many bulbs, while the summer brings enclosure, herbaceous flowers, shrubs and climbers.

The future of Turn End Garden and its associated houses, other buildings and witchert walls has been secured by the formation of Turn End Trust. It has an Artist in Residence and a programme of public events.

Peter Aldington
Peter Aldington
Peter Aldington
Peter Aldington
Peter Aldington

Plants of note

Roses, irises, bedding, spring bulbs

Townside, Haddenham, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, HP17 8BG

Seasonal Walk and Talk: ‘Getting the Garden Ready’ with Jackie Hunt Saturday 25th March 2017: 11.00-12.15 £10 (Friends: £8.50) Booking required Join Turn End’s gardener to discover what’s in flower and learn about winter and springtime jobs to prepare the garden for the growing season. National Gardens Scheme Open Day Monday 1st May 2017: 14.00-17.30 £4 (children free) No booking required Explore Turn End garden in late spring. Visit the studio of artist-in-residence Heather Hunter. Proceeds to NGS who support caring and nursing charities. Plants and books for sale Teas and homemade cakes for Christian Aid. Art and Craft Workshop: ‘Spring Journal’ with Heather Hunter Saturday 6th May 2017: 10.00-16.00 £45 Booking required Join Heather Hunter, artist-in-residence, and create a spring journal made from an old book. The workshop will take place in the Methodist Hall in Haddenham but will combine Turn End garden for inspiration, collecting and drawing. Includes morning tea/coffee. House and Garden Open Day Sunday 7th May 2017: 14.00-17.30 £15 (Friends: free, children: free) No booking required Visit this award-winning family home, meet Peter and Margaret Aldington, who built it, and explore the enchanting series of walled gardens. Teas and homemade cakes. Open Garden Weekend Saturday & Sunday 17/18th June 2017: 11.00-16.00 £4 (Friends: free, children: free) No booking required Spend a leisurely day enjoying the tranquil environment of the garden in early summer. Visit the studios of Heather Hunter and Paul Wilkinson during this Bucks Open Studios weekend (free admission to studios). Teas and homemade cakes (also available for non-garden visitors). The studios will also be open for ‘Bucks Open Studios’ from Monday 19th to Sunday 25th June 2017. Free admission; a small donation to visit Turn End garden. Midsummer Night’s Tour Wed. 21st June 2017 (Summer Solstice): 19.30-21.30 £10 (Friends: free) Booking required Join Jackie Hunt for a glass of Pimms or cordial and a leisurely stroll to enjoy the scent and colour of midsummer in Turn End garden. Garden Workshop: ‘Propagation Techniques’ Tuesday 15th August 2017: 10.30-13.30 £25 Booking required Discover how to propagate your own plants by taking cuttings in this friendly and practical introductory workshop. With Turn End’s gardener, Jackie Hunt, and horticulturalist and garden advisor Lindsay Engers. House and Garden Open Day Monday 28th August 2017: 14.00-17.30 £15 (Friends: free, children: free) No booking required Another opportunity to visit this award-winning family home, meet Peter and Margaret Aldington, who built it, and explore the enchanting series of walled gardens. Teas and homemade cakes. Turn End Talk An afternoon and talk with Dr. Alan Powers ‘Modern Houses – the Smooth and the Hairy’ Saturday 2nd September 2017: 14.30 in Haddenham Methodist Church, then Turn End garden £20 (Friends: £15) Booking required Meet Alan Powers, Trustee and former Chairman of the Twentieth Century Society. Alan writes and lectures on art, architecture and design, mainly of the twentieth century. He has specialised in the history of the private house in the Modernist period, and was the author of ‘Twentieth Century Houses in Britain’, as well as ‘Aldington, Craig and Collinge’. He grew up in a smooth Modern house designed by his father but has lived in a Georgian one in London for nearly 35 years. Tea and cakes at Turn End included. Themed Quiz Night Saturday 14th October 2017: 19.00-22.30 in Haddenham Youth & Community Centre £10 Booking required Book or join a table; take part in a themed quiz with rounds specifically related to architecture, garden, arts and creativity. Become a Friend to enjoy free entry to many events, regular access to the garden and invitation to Friends only events | Full details on our blog: The garden is also open by appointment for parties of 10 or more to include a talk by the gardener or Peter Aldington. | Contact: Telephone: 01844 291383 / 01844 291817 / 07591 018601 (answerphone) Email: / Website: /

Varying charges for events and open days. Please visit : Group visits to the garden by appointment £7.50 per person. Payment by cash or cheque only.

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