Gardening group 2
We spend most of the year visiting gardens within about a 20 mile radius of Emsworth but in the winter months we might meet at the community centre and have speakers, videos or discussions on gardening issues. We have a Christmas lunch and a summer garden party.
We do not usually have a meeting in January but in February 2019 we had a most interesting and inspirational illustrated talk by Hilary Gilson on Winning Ways in your Garden, together with a small plant sale.
Unfortunately, we had to cancel our visit to West Dean Gardens in March due to heavy rain and our April visit to Hambledon House did not bring our hoped for sunshine but we went ahead anyway with only light rain. Diana Hart-Dyke made us very welcome and gave us an informative and inspiring tour of her beautiful three acre garden; one of the highlights of which were the little Tulip bakerii Lilac Wonder - a charming little plant which opened in the sun the following day, apparently! The visit was well worth the slight chill that we all felt at the end!
The sun certainly shone for our visit with Garden Group 2 to Exbury in the New Forest on 14th May. Our visit to this wonderful garden was expertly organised by Maureen Ballard-Neale. Exbury Gardens were the inspiration of Lionel Nathan de Rothschild. It was his vision, his dedication and his resources which have created one of the finest woodland gardens in the country. An added bonus is that the gardens border the beautiful Beaulieu River and as you can see from the photographs the azaleas and rhododendrons were absolutely superb!
We then have a full programme ahead, which is available from the group leaders, and at the moment a 'full house' of members. However, if you are interested in joining us, it is always worth enquiring as the situation changes along the way.
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