We Have Visited Some Fabulous Gardens Over The Years
The Isobella Plantation in May
We had a most enjoyable and educational visit to this wonderful enclosed area within Richmond Park. Thanks to Nick Butler, one of our members, we were given a 2 hour tour by senior gardener Dick Farr. English bluebells were everywhere and we were amazed at the diversity of the trees. Of course the star of the show were the azaleas and rhododendrons. A much needed sit down at Pembroke Lodge cafe was followed by a short walk to King Henry’s Mound where by turning 360 degrees we could see St Paul’s cathedral, Heathrow Airport, and Windsor Castle.
In June we made a very special visit to Gertrude Jekyll's Garden
Munstead Wood, the home of Gertrude Jekyll is in private ownership, but the garden was opened for us to visit with a private tour with Head Gardener Annabelle Watts. The garden was created some thirteen years before the house designed by the young Edwin Lutyens was built. During this time Miss Jekyll lived next door in The Hut, with garden workrooms, and her trial and experimental gardens.The buildings have been converted into an award-winning home, The Quadrangle, and the gardens restored. We received a fascinating tour by the owner and restorer Gail Naughton.
July was our coach trip and we visited Waterperry Gardens
This was an excellent day out, and we admired this imaculately maintained 8 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens with beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers, classical borders, modern planting, secret corners and long vistas. Many of us took advantage of a quality plant centre and garden shop. The 18th Century granary building provides the perfect backdrop for the Museum of Rural Life exhibiting a wide range of horticultural and agricultural tools, with a friendly and knowledgeable curator giving us a flavour of life in times gone by. We hardly had time to enjoy all Waterperry had to offer.
Tilford Cottage opened specially for us in August
Over the last twenty years, Rod and Pam Burns have turned a grass field surrounding their 17th cottage into a piece of paradise.There were surprises around every corner. Winding pathways lead in and out of beautiful displays of unusual plants and flowers. There were hedges that had been sculpted to add some fun and interest and various works of garden sculpture created by Rod. He also has a studio with an eclectic collection of paintings, photography and glass fusion.
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Last Year we had Trips to: