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GARDEN VISITS

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LEEDS CASTLE & GARDENS 14th MAY. Cost £35.50. Includes coach, gratuities and entrance to castle and gardens..

MERRIMANS GARDEN AND NYMANS GARDEN 11th JUNE. Cost £46. Includes coach, gratuities, entrance to both gardens and refreshments on arrival at Merrimans Garden.

HAMPTON COURT FLOWER SHOW 9th JULY. Cost £50. Cost includes coach, gratuities and entrance to flower show.
Please see me at my table to collect a booking form or give me a ring.

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AUGUST 2019
We visited RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show on Friday 2 August on a bright sunny day. The showground is quite extensive and the different stalls had plenty of plants on sale and the staff were very knowledgeable about their specialist subject. There was a marquee offering Gardeners’ Question Time-type talks on subjects ranging from care of orchids to planting vegetables. There were plenty of places to sit down to east or have a cup of tea or even a glass of Pims.
There was a jazz band to listen to and there were exhibitions from the local bonsai and cactus/succulents gardening clubs. There was plenty of room and at no point did we feel overcrowded even though 6-7000 people were visiting every day during the flower show period.

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JULY 2019
We visited Waterperry Gardens in Oxfordshire on 2 July. We received a very warm welcome and started off the day with some welcome refreshments in the cafe. Our guide took us round the gardens and gave us an interesting history of the site and its evolution into a horticultural college. The long herbaceous border and rose garden were in full bloom. There was an apple tree with over 70 grafts in the orchard and the meadow was ready for mowing – it was lovely to see the different wild flowers there. Some of us went round the rural museum and church and there was a well stocked nursery where we were able to buy plants.

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MAY 2019
We visited Pashley Manor Tulip Festival on 2 May. The weather was very kind to us and was sunny all day. We received a very warm welcome and introduction from Robert the kitchen gardener. The gardens were full of late flowering tulips with lovely under planting. There were sculptures dotted around the garden and a beautiful bluebell wood to walk through. Some of us had lunch on the terrace with its wonderful backdrop of wisteria covering the house.

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SEPTEMBER 2018
The Group visited Sissinghurst Castle Gardens on Monday 17 September. The weather was very kind to us and we had a lovely relaxing time wandering around this beautiful National Trust site. Some of us managed to climb the 78 steps to the top of the Tower to see the stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The gardens were lovely although showing the ravages of the long hot summer. There were lovely areas to picnic in and this was a good option as the restaurant was expensive and the food not very good. However there were some lovely cakes and scones to eat in the cafe.

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JULY 2018
The Garden Visits group visited Barnsdale Gardens in Rutland on Monday 23 July. The garden was developed by Geoff Hamilton of Gardeners’ World fame. There were 38 different gardens to look at and we were given a two-hour tour by the head gardener. It was a very hot day and we took advantage of the shade provided by the many trees and shrubs. We enjoyed a lovely meal in the restaurant and many of us ate al fresco in the shady restaurant garden. There was a well stocked nursery where we could buy plants from. One of our group spotted Geoff Hamilton’s son Nick in the nursery and they had a chat about Wormley where the Hamiltons lived in the 50’s and 60’s.

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JUNE 2018
The Garden Visits went to Bayford Musical Gardens Day on Sunday 17 June. This was part of the open gardens event which takes place throughout England during May and June. We arrived at 11.30am and spent the next five hours wandering around beautiful gardens. There were plenty of refreshments on sale – barbeques, sandwiches, tea and cake, beer and wine etc. The music was from a jazz band, orchestra, steel band and popular music band. This event is very well organised and I would recommend it.

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MAY 2018
On Monday 14th May, the Garden Visits group visited Beth Chatto Gardens near Colchester. Our day started with a welcome cup of tea/coffee and cake. We were given a guided tour by two very knowledgeable gardeners who gave us some very useful tips and also described the evolution of the garden. Beth Chatto’s ethos of “right plant, right place” was very evident in the gravel and water gardens. There was a well stocked nursery to buy plants which are propagated on the premises. The cafe had a good selection of lunches to choose from. Sadly Beth Chatto, who founded and owned the garden, had died on Sunday 13th May.

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SEPTEMBER
We visited Great Dixter House and Garden on Tuesday 5th September. This wonderful garden is located in East Sussex. When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised at its informality and the very friendly staff. First on the agenda was coffee and a look round the shop and nursery. We were invited to come and have a look at the garden regardless of the fact that it did not open for another half an hour. The garden was jam packed with colourful and exuberant planting and our guide challenged us to find a bit of bare soil. It was very different from the formality of Kew and we did not have to walk quite so far as some of the gardens we have visited. I personally was entranced by the colours and the heritage of the garden with its ancient meadow and 15th century house.

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AUGUST 2017

The Garden Visits Group visited Kew Gardens on Monday 7 August. This huge site is impossible to explore in one day so after an initial trip on the Kew Explorer which took us round the main sites and the guide explained the various attractions, we all went our different ways. Unfortunately the Pergola and Temperate House were closed for renovation. Some of us visited the Princess Diana Conservatory with its very diverse planting. Others enjoyed the Treetop Walkway, the Hive and the Palm House. The island beds with their formal planting were spectacular and the long borders and prairie type flower beds were very colourful.

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MAY 2017

The Garden Visits group went on its first visit to RHS Wisley on Monday 8 May.
We had a guided tour round various parts of the very extensive garden and the guide was able to give us a lot of information about the history of the RHS and Wisley. We were also told of the plans for the future such as the Cherry Tree walk with 200 cherry trees: maybe this will rival Kyoto. There will also be changes to the visitor centre and library.
The guide’s anecdotes were both illuminating and humorous: an alternative pronunciation of Gunnera (giant rhubarb) raised a few laughs.
There were beautiful peonies and wisteria to see although there had been a lot of frost damage. On the woodland walk we saw some fine examples of very colourful rhododendrons.

Photos from our first Garden visit to Wisley Gardens

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