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Programme of Garden Visits

There is always an interesting and full programme of garden visits.  Places are always limited and often fill up quickly. Visits are announced in the Newsletter and bookings are by post only. Details will be enclosed with the Newsletter. From 2012, due to the high demand for garden trips, only members will be able to apply in the first instance. Guests will be placed on a waiting list. After 6 weeks from the date of member application, guests will  be allocated any remaining places.





Garden visit to Wiltshire



MOOR HATCHES   West Amesbury

This garden is rarely open to visitors and we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to visit this unique garden. Featured in Gardens Illustrated September 2012,

The 4 acres have been designed by TOM-STUART-SMITH eight times gold medal winner at Chelsea and three times recipient of ďBest in Show ďat R.H.S. show Chelsea.

The garden faces south to the river Avon.  Near the house, Tomís signature planting palette of atmospheric grasses and perennials fills a walled area. People think itís a naturalistic garden but it is actually quite a formal garden with its tightly orthogonal design, all rectangles within rectangles Ė rather modern and bold.

Nearer the river a series of pools and rivulets delight both humans and wild life.

The owner Mrs Juliette Leach has kindly offered to provide coffee and biscuits together with a two-course home made lunch with wine or soft drink.



In this traditional English garden, broad vision and close attention to detail have combined to produce an atmosphere of romantic controlled exuberance within an ancient and peaceful setting. The four-acre garden surrounds the Priory parts of which date back over 400 years.  The garden includes two 100-foot herbaceous borders recently re-designed by TOM-STUART-SMITH; a great curving pergola designed by Paul Elliott in galvanized steel dripping with climbing roses and clematis viticella, and many mature trees and shrubs

On the return journey there will be a stop at the Rowdey Farm Cafť for optional refreshments.(not included)

COST:  MEMBERS - £44-00                       GUESTS - £48-00

This includes entrance to gardens, morning coffee and biscuits on arrival, two-course lunch with wine or soft drink, coach and driverís tip.

Please note that guests can apply from May 1st

Form enclosed with newsletter or

Download the Booking Form by clicking on this line.

The coach will leave the Clevedon Road car park at 8-30am returning about 6-00pm.

All enquiries to Pam Harwood 01934 830089  or Chris Lewis 01275 849214 chris@dairy.me.uk

 9th - 11th September 2014

Dorset Gardens Trip

Please note change of dates


This is a two-night, three-day trip to Dorset, staying in a hotel in Dorchester. The trip has been based round Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens which we will visit on our last day.

Other gardens include:

  • Mapperton Gardens, the home of Earl and Countess Sandwich. This is a unique valley garden including a neoclassical orangery which surrounds the Jacobean Manor House. A visit to the house is included.
  • Athelhampton House & Gardens with the striking pyramid yew trees
  • Farrís - James Makepeaceís new garden, as seen recently on the BBC. Here we will be also able to view examples of his furniture.
  • Harvard Farm where Jake Hobson has specialised in cloud pruning and Japanese style Niwaki topiary
  • Knoll gardens specialising in ornamental grasses.

The approximate cost of this trip will be £290 (single supplement £31.50) which includes coach travel & driverís tip, 2 nights Dinner B&B, all garden entrances and lunch on our first day, coffee, tea & cakes.

Download the Booking Form by clicking on this line.

1st and 2nd March 2015

Marks Hall Garden and Arboretum near Colchester

Anglesey Abbey Gardens near Cambridge


Marks Hall Garden and Arboretum near Colchester

Marks Hall is which was formed in 1971 by a charitable trust to oversee the restoration of this ancient estate withe 200 acres of arboretum. Highlights include the largest planting of Wollemi Pine in Europe, a large glade of snowdrops and the Millennium Walk, designed for structure, colour and scent on the shortest days of the year with birch, cornus and rubus creating a beautiful reflection in the lake.


Anglesey Abbey Gardens

In the 1930s, Lord Fairhaven used his fortune to transform the grounds of the 900 year old Abbey. He created tree-lined avenues and wide, open areas of lawns that feature Britain's finest collection of 17th and 19th century garden statuary. In March you can stroll along the mile long Fairhaven Centenary Walk amongst the birch trees enjoying the first signs of Spring in between hellebores of every colour. In 1966 the house and gardens became the property of the Nation Trust.


Cost: (approx.) £92 per person (£102 for non members - guests places available after 1st October, 2014)

Single room supplement: £20. Non National Trust members £5.55 each

The cost includes the coach, driver's tip and DBB at Marks Tey Hotel.

Unfortunately, we have been unable to pre-book any lunches or teas, so you will need to allow for those, when calculating your costs.

Booking form enclosed with the newsletter or download by clicking here.

All enquiries to Jen Lankester 01934 833463 or Sara Willmott 0117 926 2517


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