“The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives.” Gertrude Jekyll
Thursday, 2nd May, 2019
Three Gardens in Northampton and Oxfordshire
We’ll spend the morning at Evenley Wood Gardens. Set amongst the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside, this 60-acre privately owned woodland garden contains a large and notable collection of plants; ranging from unusual trees and shrubs to a wide selection of lilies and other bulbs. The garden’s unusual band of acid soil, in this otherwise predominantly alkaline area, provides the opportunity to cultivate plants such as rhododendrons, camellias, and magnolias, which would not ordinarily thrive in this location. The head gardener will give us an hour’s tour followed by time to wander by yourself and then an optional lunch at £12 per head (confirm at time of booking) or bring a picnic.
For further information go to https://www.evenleywoodgarden.co.uk/the-garden/
We then move on to two gardens - Manor House and Breach House – within Wheatley Gardens. Breach House Gardens cover 1 acre with a coppiced hazel wood walk and extensive shrubs and perennials. It also includes a more contemporary reflective space with a wild pond and a long grass paddock with mowed path.
Manor House is a 1½ acre garden of an Elizabethan manor house (not open). It includes a formal box walk, herb garden, cottage garden with rose arches and a shrubbery with old roses. A romantic oasis in this busy village. The visit includes tea/coffee/biscuits before we head home.
For further information go to https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/20179/ (we will not be visiting The Studio).
The cost for this outing will be £30 for members (£35 for guests and non-members) which covers, entrance to gardens, tea/coffee/biscuits at Wheatley, coach and driver’s gratuity.
Please bring a picnic lunch or opt for the lunch at an additional £12.00
Depart Chalfont St Giles Village Green at 9.30 am.
Depart Wheatley at approx 4pm.
Friday, 21st June, 2019
Blenheim Palace Flower Show
The Blenheim Palace Flower Show returns in June 2019 from Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd June 2019. This wonderful three day show celebrates the very best of gardening, home and lifestyle. It is packed with inspiration, flowers and plants and everything you need for your home and garden. The 2019 event will have more exhibitors than ever before with the stunning Grand Floral Pavilion as the centrepiece of the show. We invite you to join us for an inspiring day out in the unique surroundings of Blenheim Palace.
The Formal Gardens of Blenheim Palace are over 2000 acres of landscaped Parkland and Pleasure Gardens.
The annual Flower Show has a Grand Floral Pavilion at the centre of the 2019 show. Packed with exhibitors showcasing the UK’s finest nurseries and plantsman competing for the prestigious Best in Show Award.
The Shopping Village will feature an abundance of trade stands selling everything from unique garden gazebos, greenhouses and arbours to gardening sundries and hundreds of other products from over 250 leading exhibitors.
The Food and Drink Pavilion features a range of food and drink purveyors and artisans, including tastings and samples.
For gifts and crafts the Home and Country Living Pavilion is filled with a selection of original handmade giftware, jewellery and luxury goods.
We will spend the day at RHS Garden Hyde Hall which is considered one of the finest gardens in the East of England.
Hyde Hall is located amongst rolling hills with fantastic panoramic views. This 360-acre estate is constantly evolving as the garden team strive to retain the original intimacy and charm of this horticultural gem, while as the same time aiming to restore much of the estate to its former rural glory, including historic hedgerows and woodlands.
Biodiversity has been embraced by the RHS team, which is evident in the brown hare population that inhabits the site, along with the butterflies and birds that are abundant at Hyde Hall.
Highlights include a beautiful hilltop garden, with herbaceous borders, a rose garden and a fascinating Mediterranean-inspired dry garden which showcases drought tolerant plants.
We have booked a guided tour of the gardens which will be given by one of their volunteers.
For further information, go to https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall
The cost for this outing will be £19.00 for members (or £24.00 for guests and non-members) which covers, entrance to gardens, garden tour, coach and driver’s gratuity.
· Please bring a picnic lunch or visit one of the restaurants.
· Departing Chalfont St Giles Village Green at 09.15.
· Departing Hyde Hall at approximately 16.00.
Following the success of our visit to Wisley Glow in December 2018, we are planning another Christmas outing, this time to see the renowned light show at Kew. Again, we hope to plan a tour of the gardens before dusk. The details for this outing will be published sometime in early June, so keep checking! In the meantime, please make a note of the date in your diary, this is a trip that should not be missed!