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Group Facilitator: Lucy Myers
The Garden Group meets most fortnights usually on a Thursday, but occasionally a different day. The group is full now and we are unable to take more members. You are welcome to contact me if you want to go on the waiting list. Current members please tell me if you are coming as far in advance as possible. There is now a cut-off time of one week before the visit, sometimes earlier.
Dates for your diary. There will be visits every fortnight from March and I will put these in as they are confirmed.
July 25th, visit to Alswick Hall Gardens , Buntingford, SG9 0AA. Meet there at 2pm. Cost £10/pp to include garden entry, tea/coffee and cake. Historic 17th century Grade II listed house (not open to the public), surrounded by five acres of landscaped gardens including a 40m long herbaceous border, woodland walk, rose pergola, lily pond and wildflower meadow. Please contact Julia Gallagher if you want to go. Tel 01371 870611 or email email@example.com.
Directions: take A120/A10 to Buntingford. In Buntingford, turn right onto B1038 (Hare Street Road). After just under a mile turn right onto Alswick Hall Lane.
8th August. Snares Hill Cottage, Duck End, Stebbing, CM6 3RY. Described by Gardeners World as “a quintessential English garden” this 1.5 acre quirky cottage garden incorporates some flat areas but also slopes and steps. The cost of the visit is £7 per head and this includes tea or coffee and cake (including gluten free). The garden is off the Bardfield Road, 1/2 mile past Bran End on first zigzag corner up a drive to the left. Look out for the sign. Parking is in a layby- park at right angles to fit more cars in. Meet at the garden at 2pm. If you would like to come please contact Christine Bishop on 01371 873356/07757701575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
22nd August, 2pm, Daisy Roots Nursery, Hertford. Daisy Roots is a small, independently run nursery that prides itself on growing strong, healthy perennials and ornamental grasses. They exhibit at many of the major plant fairs, such as Hyde Hall, Wisley etc. There are plenty of plants to see and friendly, knowledgeable staff on hand who are happy to give their advice. The address is: Jenningbury, London Road, Hertford, SG13 7NS.
We will then transfer to the nearby ‘Foxholes Farm Shop and Tea Rooms’ for refreshments. They offer a wide variety of cakes, etc, including gluten free. The tearooms are a short walk, down a lane, from the Nursery or, alternatively, you can go by car.
The cost of the trip is £2.50 per person. This doesn’t include the cost of refreshments as these will be purchased independently from the tearooms. If you would like to be included, please contact: Kath Warwick on: email@example.com / 07773267717 / 01371 873906.
Please also let Kath know if you are either able to offer someone a lift or if you are in need of a lift to the venue.
We need to give both the nursery and the tea rooms numbers, so please let Kath know if you are coming by no later than 25th July.
September 5th, Bressingham Gardens and Steam museum. The gardens cover 16 acres in total and include six intensely planted gardens containing over 8,000 species and cultivars of perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees. These gardens include not only Alan Bloom’s Dell Garden and son Adrian Bloom’s Foggy Bottom Garden but also a Winter Garden, a spectacular Summer Garden, a newly planted Fragrant Garden and Adrian’s Wood, which is the new link between the Dell Garden and Foggy Bottom. On site there is also a Steam Museum, a diesel operated narrow gauge railway which takes visitors around the gardens and the Gallopers Roundabout. Included in the entrance price are unlimited rides on the railway and three (not consecutive) rides on the Gallopers Roundabout. The overall price is £30. That is a little more than previously stated but we will refund everyone if there is money over on the day. Please contact Julia if you want to go on 01371 870611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment needed by the 8th August please.
September 19th, 2pm. Dragons, Chelmsford. Address - Boyton Cross, Chelmsford, CM1 4LS
Cost is £7 to include tea and cake. Final numbers by 26th August please.
Contact: email@example.com tel: 07816682066/01371 499643
Dragons is a plantswomans garden of 3/4 of an acre, planted to encourage an abundance of wildlife.
It contains sumptuous colour-themed borders with striking plant combinations, featuring speciman plants,a fernery,lots of clematis and a variety of grasses.Meandering paths lead to ponds, patios,the scree garden and a small vegetable garden.There are also two summerhouses,one overlooking the stream where you may catch site of a kingfisher!There is usually the opportunity to purchase some home grown plants.
Thursday 10 October. Talk on Tropical Plants in the U.K. by Zsuzsanna Serer of Spicesotic plants. A very interesting talk highlighting where some of our plants originate from. 2pm Barnston Village Hall, Chelmsford Road, Barnston, CM6 1RL. £.6.00 to include tea and cake. Please contact Rosemary Jensen firstname.lastname@example.org, 07734839678 by Friday 27 September.
My sincere thanks to everyone in the group who has helped with suggestions and organisation.
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