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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.

Urgent Trip Information

  1. For trips, if you have not received a slip in lieu of a ticket two weeks before the trip, please contact the organisers to confirm you are on the trip. We have had one or two trips where people have turned up who have not been on the list.
  2. Please make sure that for overnight trips, you enclose at least an A5 stamped addressed envelope for all the information that needs to be sent to you.


The time of leaving Nailsea has changed to 08:30 a.m. not 09:00 a.m. This is because it is difficult to park in the Clevedon Road car park after 08:30 a.m.



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.









Coach leaves Clevedon road car park, Nailsea at 8.30am, returns about 5.30-6.00pm


The award winning Garden is famous the world over. In total it comprises 180 acres, 4 of which are the winter garden. It is one of the largest winter gardens in Europe. Many new plants have been included for interest including 500 cyclamen tubers which were planted as ground cover in one of the beds.The planting features a palette of bark, bold coloured stems, scent and foliage. Since 2014 the garden now holds 14 National Plant Collections.

There is a comprehensive visitor centre which Includes a restaurant serving hot & cold food all day. Also a plant centre selling all sorts of plants.The garden is suitable for the less able.

Cost: Members £23 Guest £25 (after Dec 31st.)

This price includes entry to the garden, travel costs and drivers tip. Food must be bought separately.

Download the booking form here.






Thursday, 4th May 2017

CANTAX HOUSE, LACOCK: A medium-sized garden of colour, pattern and scent straddling the Bide Brook. Designed and maintained by sculptor owner (Deborah van der Beek) for 28yrs; both common and unusual plants including wild flower sports; hornbeam spire, yew castle and other topiary; old orchard wildflower garden and sculpture by owner and friends.

RIDLEYS CHEER, CHIPPENHAM: A lovingly created garden by Mr and Mrs Young over 40 years. As they take you round the garden, it is obvious how much time and thought they have put into choosing their plants and trees. The arboretum contains over 4,000 trees with over 38 different forms of oak, beech, tulip trees and maples.A particular feature in May is the magnolias, deutzias and daphnes.

COST: MEMBERS: £40 GUESTS: £45 (after 31 January)

The price includes entry to the gardens, a tour with the owners, refreshments, lunch, travel costs and the driver’s tip. We will be having a ploughman’s lunch at The George Inn in Lacock, which is next door to Cantax House.

The coach will leave Clevedon Road car park, Nailsea, at 09.00 and return by about 17.30.

All enquiries to Jen Lankester: 01934 833463 or 079 770 77718

or to Sara Willmott: 0117 962 2517 or 0777 363 4203


Download the booking form here.





Gardens of Brittany

4th – 11th June 2017

We will visit some delightful gardens in the Finistere and Cote d’Armor regions of Brittany. They range from large, Breton manor house gardens to smaller, private gardens not normally open to the public.

As well as visiting some of the memorable gardens from our last trip: Pellinec – a coastal garden, Kerdalo – a fairytale garden leading down to the river, Les Melanges – a truly natural garden with surprises, le Grand Launay – with stunning topiary and the exotic garden of Roscoff, we will also visit less well known gardens whose owners are passionate about plants and design.

During the week there will be some free time when there may be an opportunity to take a boat ride, visit a market or just relax.

We will have dinner, bed and breakfast in three, 3* hotels, all rooms are en suite.

Cabin accommodation is booked on the outward, overnight sailing from Portsmouth to St Malo, returning from Roscoff to Plymouth on Sunday morning (no cabins booked), to arrive back in Nailsea in the afternoon.

The approximate cost of this trip, based on the current exchange rate and 2 people sharing, is £685 for Fagus Members (+ single supplement of approx. £20 per night). It is £700 for non-members.

The price includes: ferry and coach travel, ferry & hotel accommodation, evening meals, most lunches, garden entry and driver’s tip. There is a non-returnable deposit of £100 (unless a replacement is found), the remaining cost to be spread over 3 instalments.

Any queries, please contact either

Irene Randow

irene.randow@sky.com or

Jen Thyer


Tel No. Irene 01275 857208

Jen 01275 462234


Download the booking form here.




September 19th,20th & 21st 2017

In response to popular request we have arranged to visit the Beth Chatto Gardens and plant nursery,

Staying 2 nights at the Crowne Plaza hotel near Colchester the visit will also include three private gardens, Dragons, Ulting Wick and Furzelea. We will also have an opportunity to go to Capel Manor and the RHS garden Hyde Hall.

We are required by the hotel to pay an early deposit, therefore it is essential to return this form ASAP to ensure the trip is viable. £75 deposit per person to arrive no later than 1st April.

The trip is open to non-members.

Approximate cost will be £250, based on two people sharing a room. Single supplement £70

Any queries please contact:

Pam Harwood

01934 830089

Chris Lewis

01275 849214

Please return the booking form to: Chris Lewis, The Dairy, Weston-in-Gordano, Bristol BS20 8PZ

Organized by Pamela Harwood, Merinda Naomi Akbar and Chris Lewis


Download the booking form here.

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