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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.


There has lately been some confusion on the cancellation procedures of trips that members have already booked. Please note it will be assumed that unless previous notification is given to a trip organiser that you will be ready to board the coach at the given time. Prior notification will enable your place to be offered to someone on the waiting list and if this is taken up then it is more than likely you will receive your money back. If there are no people on the waiting list then any reimbursement will be assessed at the end of the trip when all costs have been covered.

If you are not present to board the coach at the given time, due to time constraints, we will leave without you and no refund will be made.  If for some unforeseen circumstance you are unable to make the trip at the last moment please endeavour to contact the organiser/s on their mobile phone so they are not waiting for you to turn up so that the trip can leave on time and not inconvenience members who are ready to go.





Sunday 3rd - Thursday 7th July 2016

Visit to Gardens of Norfolk

Gardens to include, Bressingham, East Rushton Old Vicarage, Corpusty Mill, Elsing Hall, Pensthorpe and Audley End (Essex) en route.

Please complete one application form per person to arrive not later than 11th December 2015 (the trip being open to non-members from 12th December 2015 with a £20 supplement.

The approximate cost will be £420 per person based on two people sharing a room.

Download the booking form here.



Tuesday 6th September 2016

Day trip to Hauser & Wirth Garden & Gallery, Bruton and Pen Mill Farm, Wincanton.

Hauser &Wirth is a perennial meadow garden designed by the internationally acclaimed Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf. This garden is at its best in the autumn with the grasses, verbena and other perennials.

Pen Mill Farm. A plantsman's garden designed by Sarah FitzGerald with an unusual collection of plants and trees including a magnificant Stewartii pseodocamellia. Situated on the borders of Wiltshire, Somerset & Dorset, the river Stour runs through the garden.In late summer the garden is a riot of colour as the four large herbaceous borders come to life with rudbeckia, heleninium and salvias. More than 50 different salvias are grown and some are often for sale.

Cost Members £38 Guests £40

This includes entrance to the two gardens, travel, driver's tip, morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon tea.

Coach leaves Clevedon Rd. Car Park 8.30am.

An application form is enclosed with the March newsletter.

Enquiries to : Pam Lambert 01275 462820 pamlambert187@gmail.com

or Irene Randow 01275857208 irene.randow@sky.com

Download the booking form here.





Waddesdon Manor (National Trust)
This was built for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in 1870’s to house his superb collection of 18th century art treasures. It is a French renaissance style chateau with one of the finest Victorian gardens in Britain. It is famous for its carpet bedding schemes on the parterre and includes an aviary and walks around the grounds. This visit will include the house and gardens, sorry not the wine cellars!!

The Plant Specialist Nursery
The stylish “Plant Specialist Nursery” established in 2002, has a real “wow factor” and is dedicated to growing a wide range of new and unusual herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses. The owner’s wide experience of gardening has taught them which varieties are best, so everything you buy here is a choice performer. The colour themed display garden gives everyone (novice or expert) a master class in how to combine plants well.

Chenies Manor
”Chenies” an early 16th century Tudor Manor House, is surrounded by 5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. These include a sunken garden, White garden, Physic garden, Kitchen garden and two mazes. The planting artistry is exceptional, particularly at this time of year when some gardens are past their best, but not this one!

Grey’s Court (National Trust)
This is a delightful small Tudor country house estate with a series of walled gardens enclosing an ornamental vegetable garden, orchard, a medieval fortified tower from 1347(the remains of the original castle) and the only donkey operated wheelhouse to draw water.

Crockmore House
We are very fortunate to be able to include Crockmore House garden as it only opens for a few private visits during the month of September. Designed by Christopher Bradley Hole who trained originally as an architect and then as a landscape designer he made his name with garden modernism at Chelsea Flower Show in 1997. He explores the possibilities of naturalistic planting using grasses and sculptural perennials used repetitively across large areas of planting, or else subtly varied in terms of form and variety within a single species. A large grid system results in a burnished, moving ocean of plants awash with golds, blues, purples and reds.

Chris Lewis 01275 849214
Merinda Naimi-Akbar 01934 832284
Pam Harwood 01934 830089

Please Note: The itinerary for this trip is slightly different from that announced in the last newsletter.

Download the booking form here.

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