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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.



Thursday 21st April 2016


This mature garden is laid out to give ideas on colour and design, with raised beds, a sink garden, herbaceous borders and a wildlife pond.
The owners of the independent nursery are always on the lookout for new and interesting varieties, growing alpines, perennials, grasses and pot grown bulbs. Choose something special for the start of the 2016 season!

A delightful Grade II listed English country garden which is full of variety.  It demonstrates imaginative use of design which creates unexpected vistas.  We hope to be there in blossom time to view the peaceful water garden and stroll in the arboretum underplanted with spring bulbs.

(Non-National Trust members additional cost of entry at The Courts).
The price includes garden entrance, morning coffee/cake, lunch, afternoon tea/cake, coach and driver’s tip.

Coach leaves Clevedon Road car park, Nailsea, at 8.30am, returning 5.30–6.00pm

Application form enclosed with Newsletter

Enquiries to:  Chris Lewis,  01275 849214,  chris@dairy.me.uk


An application form is enclosed with the newsletter or can be downloaded here.



Friday 6th May 2016

MALVERN SPRING SHOW – Three Counties Showground

This show is always a good day out with a huge variety of things to see and good quality plants to buy from numerous nurseries. There are show gardens, a large floral marquee and lots of trade stands selling items often not easily found elsewhere, at good prices.

Cost: Members £32 Guests £34 (Guests may apply after February 1st)

Price includes travel, entry to show ground and driver’s tip. Please take a packed lunch or buy lunch at the show.

Coach leaves Clevedon Road car park at 8.30 am.

Enquiries to: Pam Lambert. Tel: 01275 462820

email: pamlambert187@gmail.com

An application form is enclosed with the newsletter or can be downloaded here.



Monday 13th June 2016


N.B. Priority will be given until January 1st to people who have not been to Stavordale before. Fagus visited this garden in June 2014 and there was a long waiting list.

STAVORDALE PRIORY – Charlton Musgrove

An exceptional opportunity to visit this stunning garden home of Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Michael Le Poer Trench. The priory, built originally in the 13th century, was converted to a private house at the dissolution of the monasteries and was restored and extended in the early 20th century. The garden combines both formal and naturalistic styles. There is an exceptional kitchen garden and an interesting folly.


A three acre garden, home of Lucilla Nelson, High Sherriff of Somerset. A relatively new garden designed under the influence of Gertrude Jekyll, with interlocking curves and circular lawns, succession planting, a quiet rill garden, a lake and interesting flowering trees. Set on a south facing sunny slop on acid soil, so plenty of camellias and rhododendrons. The roses will be out in June, so a good time to visit.

Cost: Members £42 Guests £46 (Guests may apply after May 1st)

This includes a tour of both gardens, coffee and cake at Forrest Lodge, a buffet ploughman’s at the White Lion pub and an amazing cream tea at Stavordale, coach and driver’s tip.

Coach leaves Clevedon Road car park at 8.30 am and return around 6.15pm.

Enquiries to: Pam Lambert. Tel: 01275 462820

email: pamlambert187@gmail.com

An application form is enclosed with the newsletter or can be downloaded here.



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.






This promises to be another fascinating trip, full of variety.

Details and booking form in the March Newsletter.




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