Programme of Garden Visits - Fagus Gardening

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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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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.
Coffee and cake on arrival, and lunch included.  Don’t forget the all important Gift Shop for souvenirs.

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.
This is a National Trust property so members have free entry with your card, Non-members pay on entry. Adults - £10; Over 65 - £8. There is a tea-room on site for refreshments.

Cost is £38, departing Clevedon Road Car Park, Nailsea at 8.30am returning approx. 6pm.

Application form is included in this newsletter or available to download from our website.

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Enquiries to:
Merinda Naimi-Akbar  - 01934 832284
Kris Brown – 07890 372920
Mandy Goodbrand – 01934 824623


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.

COST:   members:   £33                         Guests:  £38  can  apply from 31/05/18

This includes coach, driver’s tip, entrance fees, lunch and afternoon tea.
Please note that non National Trust members will be required to pay £8.90 each at Dyffryy Gardens.
We will leave Clevedon Road car park at 08.30 and return about 17.30.

Please use the form below and return it with your cheque paid to FAGUS OUTINGS to :  Jen Lankester, 50, Cleeve Drive, Cleeve, BS49 4NP  by 30th June, with a S.A.E. for your confirmation.

Download the booking form here.

Contact Details:  Jen Lankester   01934 833463 or  07977077718
                           Sara Willmott   0117 962 2517  or  07773 634203

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