2018 WEEKEND AWAY HAS JUST BEEN ANNOUNCED WE ARE OFF TO
NOW FULLY BOOKED
29TH JUNE – 1ST JULY
GARDENS WE WILL BE VISITING
MOYCLARE – 1 acre garden started in 1927 a plantsmans delight of mature trees and shrubs LANDHYDROCK GARDENS – late Victorian house with gardens, herbaceous borders, formal parterre HIDDEN VALLEY – award winning 3 acre gardens with 26 different beds and borders full of year round colour to discover. PINETUM GARDENS – 30 acre garden developed over the last 40 years ROSEMOOR – RHS West Country gardens.
WE WILL BE STAYING AT THE LANDHYDROCK HOTEL PRICE INCLUDES ENTRANCE TO GARDENS AND DINNER, BED AND BREAKFAST
£235per person (not National Trust members) £225 per person (National Trust members) £50 deposit required a.s.a.p
please contact Judith Major if you are interested in going (her number is on page one of this site)
DAY TRIPS FOR 2018 june - visit to Cerne Abbas open gardens event - details to be confirmed nearer the time.
july visit to Kia-ora, Cullompton - day to be confirmed
2017 WEEKEND AWAY, lucky with the weather again, a shower of rain on the Sunday morning but otherwise very pleasant. We started at Abbey Dore Court which was in a lovely setting next to the River Dore, interesting planting schemes. Next on to Westonbury Water Gardens where we had a lovely welcome from the owner Richard, who developed the gardens by digging canals and waterway and building follies, great fun and the planting was lovely with lots of primulas, Irisis, gunneras. ligularias. Saturday spent at Hampton Court Castle - we entered the walled garden and were almost overwhelmed as there was so much to see, beautifully planted up borders, immaculately kept vegetable plots, a maze, sunken gardens, we were also given a tour of the castle. In the afternoon we went to Stocktonbury gardens, another warm welcome from the owners and another superb garden overflowing with plants and many of them unusual, climbers at least 3 different types of climbing hydrangeas, roses, campanulas, a huge monkey puzzle tree, a small nursery to tempt those of us who can't resist buying a new plant. Sunday we visited Westbury Court, a restored Dutch style garden, different in style to previous gardens we saw over the weekend, and interesting to see when plants had been introduced to this country, some much earlier than you would think. Finally on to Berkley Castle, where we had a tour of the castle, the gardens were not massive but interesting with herbaceous borders and an well kept vegetable garden. We stayed at the Three Counties Hotel who looked after us very well as did Kelvin our coach driver from Redwoods, next year we will try not to go to gardens down too many narrow lanes and entrances!