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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.





Tuesday May 6th 2014

Visit to Upton Wold and Bretforton Manor Gardens


Upton Wold near Moreton-in Marsh, Gloucestershire. 2 star award in G.G.G.

Hidden away in rolling countryside the 9 acre garden has been created since 1976 by the present owners around a 17th century house.  The garden is both intriguing and rewarding reflecting the creativity of the present owners.  The garden is imbued with an energy and unconventionality that includes various garden rooms where rare and unusual plants abound with smaller scale treasures woven in. National collection of Juglans and Pterocarya.  Coffee / tea/ cake included.

Lunch (quiche and salad) is included and will be at the nearby Meg Rivers café where all food is sourced locally and cooked on the premises. There is also an excellent shop attached selling a wide range of products.


Bretforton Manor near Evesham

A 5-acre garden recently re designed and re planted. Containing mixed and herbaceous borders, an exotic border, scented walk and many tender and unusual plants.  Hedges and topiary old and new, several water features and many listed buildings and structures. The orchard has been extended and now contains a wide variety of fruit and specimen trees.  Tea/ coffee/ cake included.

Cost £43-00 members  £47-00 guests, includes entrance to gardens, tea / coffee / cake at both gardens, lunch, coach and driver’s tip. Please note that places for guests will only become available from February 1st 2014.  Form enclosed with the newsletter or available on the website

The coach will leave the Clevedon Road car park Nailsea at 8:30 a.m. returning about 6:15 p.m.

All enquiries to Pam Harwood 01934 830089  or Jen Lankester 01934 833463 jenlankester@gmail.com

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4TH– 6TH JUNE 2014

Oxfordshire Trip



We are organising a 3 day trip to the gardens of Oxfordshire and will be staying at the ‘Oxford Belfry’ which is a 4* hotel on the outskirts of Oxford with a good restaurant and leisure facilities including an indoor swimming pool.

The gardens we shall be visiting include Westwell Manor, Broughton Grange, Oxford Botanic Gardens and some College gardens.

One of the highlights of our trip will be a visit to Raymond Blanc’s flagship restaurant ‘Manoir aux Quat’Saisons’ where we will have morning coffee and a tour of the garden. 

We will finish off our trip with Waterperry Gardens and Turn End (an architect’s garden) near Thame in Buckinghamshire.

The approximate cost will be £290 ( with a single supplement of £50 p.p. per night) which includes coach travel and driver’s tip, 2 night’s D.B&B, all garden entrances, 3 lunches and  some coffees & teas.

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These gardens contain a wealth of interesting features set within a ha-had and surrounded by parkland.  A rose garden nestles behind pleached limes with a lily pond at its centre, whilst the sunken Italian area contains an extensive collection of flowering shrubs.  The kitchen garden with 18th Century brick walls and box edged beds still fulfils its original function of supplying produce for the house. Morning coffee, two-course lunch with drink supplied.


We have an exceptional opportunity booked to visit Cameron Mackintosh and Michael Le Poer Trench’s stunning garden.  Stavordale Priory, built originally in the 13th century, was converted to a private house at the dissolution of the monasteries and restored and extended in the early 20th century. The garden combines both formal and naturalistic styles, an exceptional kitchen garden, and the theatrical touch of an atmospheric folly.  Tea included.

The Cost Members £41.00   Guests  £45.00.

This includes entrance to gardens, two course lunch, cream tea at Stavordale, coach & driver’s tip. Please note that guests can apply from May 1st. The coach leaves Clevedon Road, Nailsea car park at 8.30am returning around 6.15pm.

All enquiries to organiser Pam Lambert 01275 462820

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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 “Best in Show “at R.H.S. show Chelsea.

The garden faces south to the river Avon.  Near the house, Tom’s signature planting palette of atmospheric grasses and perennials fills a walled area. People think it’s a naturalistic garden but it is actually quite a formal garden with its tightly orthogonal design, all rectangles within rectangles – 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 Café 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 driver’s tip.

Please note that guests can apply from May 1st

Form enclosed with newsletter or

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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
  • Farr’s - James Makepeace’s 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 & driver’s tip, 2 nights Dinner B&B, all garden entrances and lunch on our first day, coffee, tea & cakes.

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JULY 2015

Your Outings committee are proceeding with a visit to Dublin, by ferry, on the week commencing 5th July 2015.

Full details, when formalised, will be in the July Newsletter, however, it is anticipated  that as small a deposit as necessary will  be required by September of this year to ensure the hotel booking.

As with the trips to Brittany and Oxford we will request stage payments as and when more deposits are required.


Sandra Cooper/Richard Bennett

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