Over the weekend of May 28 and 29, Winchester College opened its gardens to the general public for the first time as part of the National Garden Scheme.

More than 450 people visited over the two days, raising nearly £4,500 for charity.

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

Hampshire Chronicle: Bethesda

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.

Hampshire Chronicle: Moberly Court

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.

Hampshire Chronicle: Warden's garden

Members of the public can visit the college year-round on daily guided tours, or explore the on-site treasury museum, which has free entry and is open every afternoon. The college is also the lead sponsor of Winchester’s Heritage Open Days and has an exciting programme of events, expert talks and behind-the-scenes tours lined up for this year’s festival, taking place from September 15-18.

For more information, visit www.winchestercollege.org/visit-us.

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