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The Outings Committee have been working hard on your behalf sourcing some outstanding gardens for you to enjoy. Save the dates and watch out for all the details and application forms in the Newsletters.

Dates for your diary in 2020: Garden Trips


Wildside Garden and Nursery, and The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum, Devon
Monday 27 April 2020

For those who are yet to visit this unique creation of a visionary horticulturalist, this is a garden not to be missed.
In the words of its originator Keith Wiley: “By allowing observation of natural landscapes to inform our planting, I believe we can loosen the straightjacket that long established horticultural practices impose.”
Landscaping a flat field into peaks and troughs has allowed multiple habitats to be formed and a masterclass in “right plant, right place” to be delivered.

In contrast, this much loved garden was first created in the 1940s by Lionel Fortescue and now extends to ten  acres.
Keith Wiley spent 25 years here as head gardener and pioneered a move towards more naturalistic planting.
The inner walled area with its atmospheric ruined tower will please those who prefer a more traditional approach, whilst other highlights include ‘cottage’ and South African planting.

COST: Members £46.00, guests £51.00  (from 1st February)
ORGANISERS: Pam Harwood 01934 830089
Chris Lewis 01275 849214


27th May - 2nd June 2020

We are proposing a trip in May 2020 to Slovenia.  This will include free time in the historic university town of Ljubljana and at picturesque Lake Bled.
On this occasion we will not be visiting any gardens. The highlight of the trip will be Lake Bohinj and its surrounding wild flower meadows which lie at the heart of the Triglav National Park in the Julian Alps of Slovenia.
At present this area remains a magical haven of natural beauty and tranquillity.
This trip will entail a little more walking than usual and applicants should be reasonably fit and able to walk a mile or two on the flat. More taxing excursions to see wild orchids may be available for those who like a challenge.

Dates:-   27th May – 2nd June 2020
Hotel Accommodation:- 2 nights in Bled, 3 nights in Bohinj & 1 night en route in Italy.  Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Travel:-  Air & coach

We estimate the cost will be in the region of £700 based on two people sharing and depending on the cost of flights and the rate of exchange.

For further information please contact:-
Irene Randow   01275 857208   or   Jen Thyer   01275 462234
Application form for this visit is enclosed with the July Newsletter and can be downloaded here .


JUNE 9th TO 11th 2020
As you will see from the accompanying application form, our three day trip to Staffordshire will be from the 9th to 11th of June next year.
We will be visiting several lovely small NGS gardens, one of which featured on Gardener’s World last year and a private garden run by Fiona Howath, who is a keen member of the Hardy Plant Society.
We are also visiting Dorothy Clive garden near Market Drayton, which is a 12 acre garden run by Willoughbridge Trust.  It is known for brilliant rhododendrons in May, laburnum arch in June, summer planting and its large new glasshouse.
On our way home we will be visiting the renown Wollerton Old Hall, which will be a spectacular treat for us all.

We will be staying in the 4 Star Moat House hotel near Stafford.
These short trips are great fun with plenty of tea, coffee and cakes and a chance to meet other members, share experiences and learn a lot from gardeners, who love their gardens and want to share their experiences with likeminded people.  So if you have not been on any trips away before, do think about it and get your applications in early.
Please complete one application form per person to arrive by 10th February, 2020. Non-members can apply after this date with a £10 supplement.
The approximate cost is £315 per person, based on two sharing, which includes transport, all tips, accommodation and all meals apart from lunch at
Woollerton Old Hall, which will be a free flow lunch.
Single rooms are £60 extra.
Application form for this visit is enclosed with the July Newsletter and can be downloaded here .

Sara Willmott and Jen Lankester


Tuesday 14th and Thursday 23rd JULY


Featured in Tim Richardson’s book” The New English Garden ”, the atmosphere at Waltham is unlike any other place. Here is gardening at its wildest, but held together by form and structure.

Owned by Nicky and Strilli Oppenheimer and guided by eminent Dutch plantsman Henk Gerritsen, Waltham has become one of the most outstanding naturalistic gardens in Britain.

The owners are staunch believers in all aspects of organic husbandry and seek to combine forces with nature rather than fighting against it. In doing so they have created a haven for an abundance of insect and animal life, fungi and indigenous flora, their legacy and investment in the future.


International garden designer Robin Templar Williams was called in by the owners James and Philippa D’Arcy in 2007 to redesign their half acre Victorian Kitchen garden which was featureless and flat.
Surrounded by beautiful 19th century walls, the area has now been transformed into an intriguing space with different levels, features and themed rooms which are imaginatively planted and immaculately tended.

As the Group size is limited to 29, we are running this trip on two dates to give more members the chance to visit these two outstanding gardens. The trip includes refreshments and light lunch.

COST: Members £61 pp.      Guests £65 pp. from May 1st

Chris Lewis 01275 849214
Merinda Naimi-Akbar 01934 832284

Overnight Trip to Berkshire and Neighbouring Counties

Wednesday 2 September and Thursday 3 September 2020

On this two day trip we will be visiting gardens in Berkshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire.  The coach will leave Clevedon Road car park, Nailsea on Wednesday 2 September at 8.30am and return on Thursday 3 September at about 6.00pm.

Wednesday 2 September – Our first garden will be Rooksnest, Lambourn, Berkshire.  This garden, often described as a traditional English garden, is set in extensive grounds and includes a Rose garden, Pond garden and a wonderful orchard.  Since 1980 the garden has been designed by award-winning Arabella Lennox-Boyd.

Our next stop after lunch will be Malverleys.  This garden is renowned for its magnificent mixed borders, as well as the yew hedged rooms, pond garden, cool garden, new stumpery and vegetable garden.

We will be staying overnight – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast included at an hotel close to Newbury.  You should note that for twin-bedded rooms, the hotel provides a double bed and a sofa bed.  Single occupancy is available.

Thursday 3 September – Our first garden is West Green House Gardens (National Trust members have free entry on production of a current card, otherwise £8 is payable).  Feel free to wonder through 10 acres in neighbouring Hampshire.  This celebrated garden delights in a magnificent walled garden, water staircase and the Nyphaneum Fountain.   Marylynn Abbott, the garden designer, refers to her intriguing series of small gardens as a “collection of follies”.

We will have lunch on the way to the Old Rectory in Farnborough.  This four acre garden mirrors the Arts and Crafts style.  There are garden rooms and herbaceous borders and woodland.  You can take the opportunity to explore, investigate the plant table, or just relax.  There are some steep slopes and gravel paths.

COST:  Members £210.00 based on room sharing.  Single occupancy £260.  Guests £230 sharing, £280 single (from 31 May)

The price includes entry to gardens, (West Green House Garden is a National Trust garden, non-members to pay £8), refreshments at gardens, Hotel (dinner, bed and breakfast), Coach and driver’s tip.

All enquiries to:
Mandy Goodbrand – 01934 826623
Kris Brown – 07890 372920

Fagus Day Trip to the Cotswolds on 15 September 2020

The coach will leave the Clevedon Road car park at 8-15am, returning about 6-30pm

UPTON WOLD, Moreton in the Marsh.  The garden has been created over 40 years from scratch.  It has an exceptional collection of trees, shrubs and plants and the charming garden rooms and vistas within the undulating landscape show off a Wildflower Meadow, Pond area, Orchards, gravel garden and much more.  A real gem.

BOURTON HOUSE, Bourton on the Hill.  An award-winning garden featured in garden magazines and recently on Gardeners’ World with Adam Frost.  The garden is home to many unusual and exotic plants, wide herbaceous borders and imaginative topiary all set in 3 acres.

Lunch stop will be at Batsford Arboretum.  Cost NOT included but a perfect opportunity for some retail therapy.

COST         MEMBERS £50     GUESTS £54 (after 1 June)   
Price includes entry to both gardens/tea/coffee/cake, travel costs and driver’s tip.

Mandy Goodbrand – 01934 824623
Pam Harwood – 01934 830089

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