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FAGUS  Garden  Day Trip to Wales  Friday 7th September 2018

DYFFRYN GARDENS: Discover intimate garden rooms, formal lawns and an extensive arboretum.  The kitchen garden houses an impressive collection of cacti and orchids.  Parts of the house are now open.  We will have lunch in the reinstated glasshouse.  This is a National Trust property.

CROEOLLANFRO FARM: This is a private garden owned by Barry and Liz Davies, who have created a varied garden of different levels and colour schemes, together with a folly.  We will have tea and cakes there before returning to Nailsea.

FAGUS Trip To Aston Pottery and Buscot Park, Oxfordshire  15 August 2018

Aston Pottery
Another chance to visit this fabulous garden, to sample superb food and inspire your colour senses.  Aston Pottery boasts a Hornbeam walkway seasonally underplanted with colour in mind, a Hot Bank planted to thrill your eyes, a Dahlia Garden, traditional perennial border with colourful bold planting, scent and a haven for wildlife – all planting schemes carefully planned to allow plants to reach their full potential.  There may also be a chance to see the rare Black Bumble bee.

Buscot Park
The family home of Lord Faringdon. This is an 18th century house surrounded by extensive pleasure gardens incorporating a Four Seasons Walled Garden, one of Britain’s finest Peto Water Gardens, woodland walk with broad avenues to meander round Big Lake, and great views.


During our five day trip to Cheshire, we will visit some delightful gardens, ranging from small, privately owned gardens to much larger estate type gardens. Several of these have plants for sale.

ABBEYWOOD – Approximately 4 acres of gardens surrounding a large Edwardian house including an exotic garden, chapel garden, pool garden and vegetable garden all set within the 45 acre estate.

ARLEY HALL – Reputedly, one of Britain’s finest gardens and renowned for its herbaceous border, avenue of ilex columns, walled garden and pleached lime avenue. This is a garden of great atmosphere and interest all year round.

BOWMERE COTTAGE – A mature 1 acre country garden with mixed shrub and herbaceous borders, pergolas, courtyard gardens and small kitchen garden.

BRIARFIELD – This 2 acre split-site garden tucked under the S-facing side of Burton Wood is home to many unusual and specialist plants. Shrubs, colourful herbaceous, bulbs, alpines and water features are in abundance.

COGSHALL GRANGE – This contemporary garden, set in the historic landscape of a late Georgian country house, was designed by the internationally acclaimed garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith. It contains a mixture of the formal and the informal – modern herbaceous plantings, a walled garden, wild flower meadows and an orchard.

NESS BOTANIC GARDENS – Situated on the Wirral Peninsula overlooking the Dee, this 64 acre garden is home to the National Collection of Sorbus. It is a garden of landscaped and natural areas overflowing with horticultural treasures, including a rock garden, a potager, herbaceous borders and conservation area.

SANDYMERE – Belonging to the Timpson family (of shoe fame), this 16 acre landscaped garden contains a host of features including a lake and boat house, a rill, terraces, a walled garden,  hosta garden and extensive woodland walks.

STONYFORD COTTAGE – This most unusual garden, set around a tranquil pool, has a wealth of moisture loving plants including irises and candelabra primulas.  Woodland paths meander through shade and bog plantings, along boarded walkways and across wild natural areas with views over the pool.

TATTENHALL HALL – This is a plant enthusiast’s garden set around a Jacobean house and includes wild flower meadows, large pond and stream, colour themed borders, spinney walk with shade loving plants and yew terrace - a wildlife, friendly garden.

TRENTHAM ESTATE – These award-winning gardens with vast perennial plantings and breath-taking vistas, its mile-long Capability Brown lake and famous Italian gardens, rivers of grass and floral labyrinth complete our visit

Fagus Day Trip on June 7th 2018 to Forde Abbey, Chard and Lytes Cary, Somerton, Somerset

Forde Abbey is a family owned ancient property, originally built by Cistercian monks  almost 900 years ago.  Today it is owned by the Kennard family who continue to live there.  There is a 30 acre garden with a rockery, kitchen garden, bog garden and mature arboretum. In addition there is a plant nursery, pottery and gift shop.

Lytes Cary is a National Trust property, a medieval manor house, now restored after years of neglect. The garden has also been updated in the Arts and Crafts style, divided into rooms by yew hedges, with topiary and herbaceous borders.

Organisers: Sara Willmott and Jen Lankester


MORTON HALL, Holberrow Green. The garden was designed by Charles Cheshire and is truly a garden for all seasons. The owner, Anna Oliviera, is very knowledgeable and very much a “hands on” gardener.   Both Mary and Pam have visited several times as there is always so much of interest. Have a look at the excellent web site  Light lunch is included.

MEADOW FARM GARDEN AND NURSERY, Feckenham.  Diane and Rob Cole moved here in 1998 and created a garden and nursery featuring primarily interesting herbaceous perennials.

FAGUS TRIP TO SUSSEX Sunday 29th APRIL - Tuesday 1st May 2018

Pashley Manor for their Tulip Festival.

High Beeches - described as a Woodland and Water Garden but reminiscent of a Cornish valley

St. Mary's, Bramber - a private 1470 furnished House with a 5 acre garden which includes a topiary garden, terrace garden, a Victorian secret garden which include a massive 140 feet fruit wall.  There is also a small Rural Musem. A delightful visit.

Nymans,  one of the National Trusts Premier Gardens, established in 1890 and which was the country retreat of the Messel family. The garden was created around the expeditions of famous plant hunters with specimens from all parts of the world.

Sheffield Park also a National Trust property. This will be a short visit to enjoy the general ambience of this magnificent parkland garden.

Clinton Lodge.  Another private garden owned by Lady Collum. A delightful garden with many individual features.

Wisley.  We round off our trip with a visit to Wisley on the way home.

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