NB: Next year’s schedule will be ready in March 2020
We are all keen gardeners but this group allows us to see other gardens, near and far, where we learn from the garden owners and each other.
The group meets on the 1st Monday in the month from April to October, visiting gardens mostly within 20 miles of Sudbury. Car sharing is encouraged.
We choose most of our visits from the NGS website, but also follow up member's recommendations.
Anyone is welcome to join us - what could be better than a summer morning looking at a garden, drinking coffee and eating cake?”
Moira Orton 01787 269432 email@example.com
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Monday 1st April Snares Hill Cottage, Duck End, Stebbing, CM6 3RY “A quintessential English garden”– Gardeners World. 1.5 acres with suprises round every corner. Sculptures, natural swimming pool, flower beds herb garden and Victorian folly. A bog garden borders woods and leads to a silver birch copse, beach garden and ‘Roman” temple. 10.30am Entry £7 includes a guided tour and refreshments On B1057 from Gt Bardfield towards Gt. Dunmow. On right half a mile before Bran End.NB Parking fairly limited so can we car share as much as possible please.
Not wheelchair friendly as rather hilly
Monday 6th May (Bank Holiday) Green Island Gardens Green Island, Park Road, Ardleigh, Colchester CO7 7SP
20 acres, professionally designed by the owner including Japanese garden, island beds, water gardens, seaside gardens and extensive woodland gardens all packed with unusual plants. Special highlights are Bluebells and Azaleas in April/May. Nursery, plants for sale. 10.30am
Entry £10.50 including refreshments. From Sudbury A134 to Boxted Rd in Gt. Horkesley.
Continue on Boxted Rd. Take Queens Head Rd to Langham Rd (1.7mi) Take Severalls Lane, St Johns Rd and Bromley Rd to Park Rd in Ardleigh (5.7mi)
Turn L onto Park Rd. The garden is on the right.
Good access with flat and easy walking. Ramps at entrance and tearoom
Monday 3rd June Kelvedon Hall, Kelvedon, Colchester, CO5 9BN
Varied 6 acre garden surrounding 18th century farmhouse. Formal and informal spaces. Modern sculpture and topiary. Courtyard walled garden and modern walled pool garden both providing long season displays. Herbaceous borders, roses, lily ponds small vegetable garden and a wet garden. 10.30am
Entry £5 including refreshments From Sudbury travel to Kelvedon. Turn R onto B1024 and drive through Kelvedon. Immediately after the Angel Hotel turn sharp L onto Maldon Road and across A12. Turn R then soon after take first L and along drive to Kelvedon Hall.
Access for wheelchairs not ideal as there is a lot of gravel
Monday 1st July Holm House, Garden House Lane, Drinkstone, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9FJ
Orchards and lawns with mature trees, formal garden topiary, parterre and borders, rose garden, woodland walk, lake, wild flower meadow, large kitchen garden and greenhouse, Mediterranean courtyard with mature olive tree. 10.30am
Entry £8 includes tea coffee and homemade cakes Take A134 from Sudbury. Turn R on A1141 then L onto Howe Lane to Cockfield and continue through Felsham Turn L Rattlesden Road, towards Drinkstone Green and shortly R onto Garden House Lane. The house is first Left.
Much of garden accessible but not the kitchen garden
August Monday 5th
Woodwards Blacksmith Lane,Coddenham Ipswich, IP69TX
Award winning gently sloping garden of 1.5 acres. , Designed by owners for year round colour and interest. Lots of island beds, vegetable plot. Hanging baskets display. Hosta collection.Entry £6 includes refreshments. 10.30am
From Sudbury take B1115 to Monks Eleigh then L on A1141. After approx. 2 miles R to rejoin B1115 towards Bildeston. Then in approx. 2 miles turn Right on B1078 Coddenham is on this road shortly after crossing A14
Accessible **Parking at Village Hall (280 yards)
August Monday 19th Garden Party.Members only invited by Geoff Chatters to his delightful garden for an evening of socialising, drinks and nibbles. Please bring a plate of finger food and a bottle of your preferred tipple. From 6pm.
Monday 2rd September We will visit some of our own gardens. Thank you to those who have offered to host us all.
More offers welcome and more details later in year From10.30am
Monday 7st OctoberThe Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, Colchester CO7 7DB
Internationally famous gardens with all year round interest. No one can fail to be affected by the peace and beauty of this garden.
The new reservoir garden, opened by Beth in 2017 is a wonderful area and a must visit for those who haven’t seen it yet.
10.30am Entry £6.95
Tearoom The gardens are situated just east of Elmstead Market on the A133 on the left hand side just after the village.
Full wheelchair access