Outings 2014 (archive)

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Saturday June 14th
The first outing of the year will be to Staffordshire. 
In the morning we visit The Garth. 

This was the garden we were planning to visit last year until the owner broke her leg! 
It is a half-acre garden in Cannock Chase comprising a series of small gardens and water features with many rare perennials and shrubs. It even has ancient sandstone caves.

There will be tea and biscuits. 
Over lunch we will stop at the National Arboretum Memorial Centre. It is a fascinating and very moving place. There is a small café and there is a land train, which leaves every half hour for £4.50. A circuit takes an hour.

People can see as much or as little as they wish and we will stay for at least two hours.

I make no apologies for spending the afternoon at Grafton Cottage. We have been there in the past and it is one of my favourite traditional cottage gardens - roses, sweet peas, hollyhocks, clematis – lovely.

There will also be tea and scones.
The price is £21 ~ Pick up 8.30am from Mount Street and 8.45am from the Rushcliffe Arena

Friday July 11th

This outing is to Northamptonshire.

In the morning we are going to the village of Ravensthorpe. The first stop will be Mill House. This is a lovely one acre garden with an orchard, pond , pergola, hot bed and shady area

The owner is Heritage Seed library Guardian. Tea and coffee will be available. We then go round the corner to Ravensthorpe Nursery and Garden.

This is a very well stocked, highly recommended nursery and many unusual shrubs and herbaceous perennials plants can be seen in the extensive garden.
We then spend the afternoon at Coton Manor Gardens which is close by.

In the survey last year quite a few members recommended Coton Manor. The garden slopes down from the 17th century manor house and is landscaped on different levels with lovely views.

There are luxuriant borders and with colour and interest throughout the year. The roses and clematis should be at their best. Over 1000 varieties of plants are propagated in the nursery there.

There is also a café.

The price is £24 ~ Pick-up is 8.30am from Mount Street and 8.45am from the Rushcliffe Arena

Saturday August 9th

This is an outing to Warwickshire. 

In the morning we go to Warwick to visit Hill Close Gardens, known as the Hidden Hedged Gardens. These are rare survivals of Victorian gardens once used by the townsfolk who didn’t have gardens.

There are 18 individual plots still tended by local people and a number of the original brick summer houses saved by preservation orders. Old paths link the gardens and all plots are very different.

The price includes a short tour of the gardens and tea and cake at the Centre.There will be time to explore on your own.
In the afternoon we visit Meadow Farm Garden and Nursery. Diane and Rob Cole have spoken at our meetings in the past and we visited the nursery and garden 4 years ago. The garden is wonderful and the plants for sale at very reasonable prices.

Last time many members felt that we did not spend long enough there and so this time we will stay at least 2 hours. It will be interesting to see the garden in a different month and view Rob’s Echinacea trials.

Tea, coffee and cake will be available in the Potting Barn.

The price is £25.50 ~ Pick up is 8.30am from Mount Street and 8.45am from the Rushcliffe Arena

The evening visit will take place on Wed 25th June, from 6pm.

One of our members, Anne Verity, has kindly offered her garden at 40 Derby Road Risley DE72 3SU The garden was open in 2012 under the Yellow Book Scheme. 

Anne describes it as a plant lovers garden. Troughs and pots surrounded by salvias, lavenders and cistus and further down the garden mixed borders with delphiniums, geraniums, old roses and over 50 clematis.

The charge is £4 including tea and cake. Profits to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

Directions – Leave M1 at junction 25 at the Sandiacre/Risley exit onto Bostocks Lane. At traffic lights turn left onto the B5010 which is Derby Road. Park on Derby Road or Second Avenue.

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