February: Trelawney Garden Centre and Padstow
A smaller group took another coach trip this time to Trelawney Garden Centre and Padstow. The rain held off for most of the day and we enjoyed coffee and cake at the well stocked Garden Centre and a late pub lunch together after a potter around the town's shopping area. A pleasant change and a relaxing day for our drivers.
January: Jacks Patch Garden Centre
Twelve of the group booked with Plymouth City coach for a trip to Jack's Patch Garden Centre and Teignmouth. Despite Wintery showers and chilly winds we had a good day with shopping and seaside promenade walk opportunities. Some of us had a tasty pub lunch by a cosy fire with river views.
Buckland Abbey Mummers Play and Wassail
Eleven of the group came along to Buckland Abbey for a Mummers play and Wassail, a new experience for us all.
After our refreshment stop we found seats in the Barn, which was beautifully decorated with Christmas trees and smelling very festive. We very much enjoyed the Mummers play by the Dartmoor Border Morris telling the tale of Francis Drake defeating The Spanish in a rather different version to the one we were taught at school!
After a short recess, we watched the dancing and then followed a large crowd to the orchard to take part in the Wassail. Most of us had some "instrument" to bang or create noise from, and we tied toast to the apple trees whilst cider was sprinkled on to the roots. All in order to ensure a good harvest to come. Well done to the Border Morris for the entertainment and especially our good friend Judy
We ended the year with a visit to see the Christmas tree Festival at St Nicholas Church in Saltash. The church was very kindly opened up in the morning especially for our group. After enjoying the imaginative display in its lovely setting, we went on to Tamar Nurseries for lunch, a festive shopping opportunity and to admire this years grotto and decorations.
Very best wishes for the New Year to all group Members.
We had a trip up to the Otter Nurseries near Ottery St Mary and found plenty of shopping opportunities for Christmas gifts and horticultural items. The cafe was excellent and the staff throughout the store most helpful.
8 members visited Lukesland Gardens, an old favourite of ours, to view the Autumn colours and ponds. Amongst the plants of interest were Monks hood, Japanese Maples and a Strawberry Tree laden with fruits.
We began our tour in the Old Billiard Room sitting by the fire with hot drinks and some tasty cakes, having admired the new entrance. On a showery day we were quite lucky with our walk and finished the day with lunch at the Famous Lee Mill. This gave us the opportunity to purchase a few items ready for the Autumn Season and, of course, Christmas.
Buckfast Otter and Butterfly Farm and Rosemoor
The Garden Visitors were blessed with fair weather for their September away days. First was the Buckfast Otter and Butterfly Farm where we witnessed feeding time before experiencing a dramatic change in temperature in the Butterfly house. The tropical plants including a banana tree and the water features with terrapins and carp were a lovely setting for the colourful inhabitants.
Following lunch at the Buckfast Railway Cafe we went on to Buckfast Abbey to wander the peaceful grounds, view the Abbey and take refreshments including the infamous treacle tart! A super day.
Our second trip was a coach journey to Rosemoor with the Tavistock Ladies Garden Club, including a coffee stop at Torrington glass. We particularly enjoyed the new Cool Garden with it's lovely colour schemes and tranquil water features. There was still a lot of colour to be seen and beautifully kept as always. An added interest was an outdoor display of RHS competition winning photographs of flora and fauna. We are very grateful to the Tavistock ladies for letting us join them
A group of seven travelled to Bicton Gardens to view the landscapes and various attractions there. We took the Woodland Railway trip around the grounds and spotted the main places of interest and following lunch covered most of them by foot.
The Italian Gardens, historic Palm House and Water Features were highlights and the Countryside Museum an interesting 'extra'.
A most enjoyable day.
Wembury Flower Festival
A group of garden visitors went along to the Wembury Flower Festival at the beautiful St Werburgh church, taking morning refreshment in the tea tent outside. The theme was 'Songs of the Earth' and included displays such as 'All things wise & wonderful' using fruit, vegetables and flowers and much imagination. We followed up with lunch al fresco by the beach and capped off the day with a paddle and an ice cream. It had to be done!
|Dates for your Diary|
|Fri Apr 10th||Original outing to Buckland Abbey now cancelled. Possible outing to local area. TBC at a later date|
|Tue May 12th||Meet 11.30 at WCC. Delamore, Cornwood including the annual arts and sculpture exhibition in the grounds and gallery.|
|Sun Jun 28th||Meet 11am at WCC. Kingbridge town gardens open for St Lukes. The gardens are on view from 1.30 - 5 but arriving earlier should help with parking, and refreshments can be taken then.|
|Thu Jul 16th||Meet 10am at WCC. Pinetum near St Austell. Special price of £5. Idyllic 30 acres including lake, champion trees, themed gardens including water and Japanese.|
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