Garden GroupMeetings: Second Thursday of each monthGroup Leader : SueTelephone: 01278 421123
THE GARDEN GROUP2018 Summer Programme 12th April 2018 – Antony House near PlymouthA National Trust property with tickets allowing free access to the Antony Woodland Garden next door. Recommended by Jeremy Wilson who came to give a talk about Camellias in October. Coach leaves Morrisons/B&M layby at 9.00am (we will have a comfort break on the way down) and leaves Antony House at 5.00pmCost: NT members £10, Non-members £19.3010th May 2018 – Bristol Botanic Garden & Tormarton CourtThis garden is laid out as a history of plant evolution and is interesting as well as beautiful. We have a guided tour (split into groups) which really helps to make sense of it. There will be time to get some lunch (or have a picnic) and look round on your own before we move on to Tormarton Court. This is a private garden which opens for the NGS. It is about 30minutes away and has 11 acres of formal and natural garden in a stunning Cotswold setting.Coach leaves Morrisons/B&M layby at 9.00amCost: Coach and Botanic Garden £16 Tormarton Court – £5 entry, £2 tea/coffee and cake. I will collect this part of the payment on the coach. Please try to have the correct money.14th June 2018 – Holt Farm Organic garden, BlagdonI love this garden and am sorry to miss this. It has everything – meadow, veg garden, spring woodland area, gravel garden, grasses and much more all with a lovely view of Blagdon Lake and superb cake. Bliss!This is a car share trip. Holt Farm is about 25 miles (50mins) away using the M5 and A38. The post code is BS40 7SQ.Meet there at 2.00pm. Cost: £5 pay on the day. June Irvine has kindly offered to collect the money at the venue. Refreshments available.12th July 2018 – Avebury Manor (Nat. Trust) & Duck Pond BarnThe medieval walls surround a series of garden rooms containing raised walks, flower gardens, rose garden, orchard, topiary and kitchen garden. The house is open and there is a separate museum nearby so something to see if it rains and of course the stone circle is next to the house. There is a tea room but also a pub just along the road. We will leave here at 2.30pm and visit Duck Pond Barn, near Trowbridge, on the way home. This is a private garden that opens for the NGS. There are ericaceous beds, orchard, veg, large greenhouse, spinney, dry stone wall topped with flower beds, rose arbour and in the flower garden there are three ponds linked by a rill. The coach leaves Morrisons/B&M layby at 9.00am.Cost: Coach and Avebury Manor – NT members £11, non-members £20.80. I will collect the payment for Duck Pond Barn on the coach - £4 – please try to have the correct change. ‘Teas’ are available there for £39th August 2018 – Vellacott, Lawford, CrowcombeThis is a private garden on a south facing slope. Herbaceous perennials, shrubs, trees, grasses, potager, folly, restored shepherd’s hut. Lots of place to sit and enjoy the view. Car share trip. It is about 30mins from Bridgwater. Directions nearer the time.Cost: tbc last year it was £3. Refreshments extra13th September 2018 – Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens.Wooded valley and formal gardens overflowing with tropical colour. Hydrangea walk. According to the ’Gardens to visit’ website ‘the beautiful gardens are well laid out with easy to follow routes. There is a secret walk, summer house and sculpture trail. Lots of little bridges over waterways but no steep slopes and minimal gravel’Coach leaves Morrisons/B&M layby at 9.00amCost: Coach & entrance £21.50. GW card holders £13.00, please let me know who you are sharing the card with.I look forward to seeing lots of you at these venues. If you have any queries please ring me and I will try to help.Everyone welcomeSue,Garden Group Organiser,Tel. 01278 421123
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