BROOKLANDS HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

On a very warm and sunny afternoon in June we visited this fabulous garden in Wolsey Road in Molesey. This is how it's described on the ngs website, and we certainly agreed. "Romantic, secluded and peaceful garden of two halves designed and maintained by the owners. Part is shaded by two large copper beech trees with woodland planting and fernery. The second reached through a beech arch with cottage garden planting, pond and wooden obelisks covered with roses. Beautiful octagonal gazebo overlooks pond, plus an oak framed summerhouse designed and built by the owners"

A wonderful cool setting to enjoy our tea and delicious cake.

Amazing lush planting
Amazing lush planting
Seating to watch the pond life
Seating to watch the pond life
Lovely summerhouse
Lovely summerhouse
A lovely shady spot for tea
A lovely shady spot for tea

July was a coach trip to West Dean Gardens in Sussex. Described as "brimming with features to enjoy. An impressive collection of working Victorian Glasshouses, a walled kitchen garden, a 300 foot Edwardian pergola, and a sunken garden, offer year-round interest to garden visitor" Our members were divided as to their enjoyment of the gardens, and the almost continuous rain didn't help. It became clear that not everyone saw the areas furthest from the entrance as no maps were available. The restaurant had good homemade food and the small shop had some unusual gifts for sale and as usual the plant sales were popular.

August was another wet afternoon to visit Woodpeckers, a small private garden in Woking. The owner, a horticultural designer, describes his own garden "as following the ‘right plant in the right place’ principle in an experimental way to test the boundaries, experiment with planting combinations and horticultural techniques"  Divided into three 'rooms', with vibrant colours in the jewel's amphitheatre, leafy textures and pastels in the social room, an amazing glasshouse and grow your own productive area.

Plus a fabulous cream tea.

We enjoyed this garden so much that we are returning in Spring 2024.

Wonderful planting in the sunken garden
Wonderful planting in the sunken garden
Fabulous planting around historic buildings
Fabulous planting around historic buildings
Victorian glasshouses and dahlia trial beds
Victorian glasshouses and dahlia trial beds
100 metre long Edwardian pergola
100 metre long Edwardian pergola

Garden Visits in 2023

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