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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

This trip is now fully booked.

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

This trip is now fully booked.

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 2019
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

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