Past Visits 2017
FAGUS OVERNIGHT VISIT TO ESSEX: 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.
Organized by Pamela Harwood, Merinda Naomi Akbar and Chris Lewis
Day Trip to: Aston Pottery and Radcot House August 22nd 2017
Aston Pottery: Bampton, Oxfordshire OX18 2BT
This 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 2SX
We 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’.
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.
DAY TRIP TO WILTSHIRE: 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.
FAGUS DAY TRIP: Monday March 6th 2017
Sir Harold Hillier Garden Hampshire, Winter Garden
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.