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

Your Outings Committee have planned a 2 night stay in Sussex. The outward date will be Sunday 29th April returning on Tuesday 1st May. (May Day Bank Holiday Monday in 2018 is 7th May). We will be staying in Haywards Heath at The Birch Hotel and gardens visits which have been booked are:

Pashley Manor for their Tulip Festival with time to take lunch (not included)

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.  Visit to include a house tour, tea or coffee and biscuits as well as free time in the garden which include 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.  It is so close to the hotel it would have been a shame not to include a visit. You will have time to take a walk around the lakes or stay in the tea rooms.

Clinton Lodge.  Another private garden owned by Lady Collum. A delightful garden with many individual features.  Tea/coffee and cake to be included.

Wisley.  We round off our trip with a visit to Wisley on the way home. Lunch can be taken here (not included) and the garden will need no introduction to most of you.

Application forms  for this trip are included in the November newsletter or can be downloaded from our website. Money will be collected in two stages, i.e. initial deposit with application form to reserve a place and then a final payment in early March when numbers are confirmed. If possible could you please share a room as there are very few single rooms available at present.

All gardens above can be viewed on the internet for more information.

Please contact
Richard Bennett - 01454 412281 - mobile 07900 511559
Sandra Cooper - 01275 870086 if you have any queries.

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Please note that this trip is now fully booked, but we are happy to take names for a waiting list.

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. Tea and cake are included.

COST    MEMBERS £40-00 The price includes entry to the gardens, lunch, tea and cake, travel costs and drivers tip. Non-members may apply after Jan 1st 2018 & the cost will be £43
We will stop on route in the morning for coffee and cake at The Twisted Spoon (cost not included)

Coach leaves the Clevedon Road Car Park, Nailsea at 8-30 returning about 6-00pm

All enquiries to Pamela Harwood, 01934 830089    or   Mary Payne 01275 333146

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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

Cost- approx £420 based on two sharing and includes :-
  • 4 nights Dinner/Bed & Breakfast, 3 lunches, most morning and afternoon refreshments
  • Coach travel from Nailsea and driver’s tip
  • Entrances to gardens

26-28th Mercure Hotel Chester
28 -30th Qhotel Park Royal near Warrington

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