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.Organized by Pamela Harwood, Merinda Naomi Akbar and Chris Lewis
Aston Pottery: Bampton, Oxfordshire OX18 2BTThis garden has wow factor. It has been built by Stephen Baughan, a potter who also loves plants. The garden renovation started in 2012, the Potterys’ 21st anniversary and is ongoing. The Jubilee Walk has wide borders planted with grasses, asters, dahlias and many other plants to give a long season of interest and some pull in the colour of blue and green of the potterys’ logo. The Hot Bank is full of reds, yellows and orange and sweeps around the summer house, flanked by a curved copper beech hedge. There are other borders full of dahlias that sing with colour. Around the Pottery and tea rooms are many large pots full of eucomis, agapanthus, salvias and bulbs depending on the season.Radcot House: Radcot OX18 2SXWe visited this lovely garden a few years ago with our committee and knew it was one to share with members. It is approximately 3 acres set around the house. It has a formal pond, fruit and vegetable cages, and wide borders planted with a mix of unusual perennials and grasses. There are sculptural surprises and convenient seating. It was featured a few years ago in the FT Weekend as ‘An exuberant new garden’ and in Cotswold Life magazine as ‘Radcot House ends the season in a blaze of glory’.
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 gardenKerdalo – a fairytale garden leading down to the riverLes Melanges – a truly natural garden with surprisesLe 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.
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.
Sir Harold Hillier Garden Hampshire, Winter GardenThe GardensThe 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.