Outings 2021

Thursday February 24th 2022 - a date for your diaries. Plans are in progress to visit Ashwood Nurseries including a tour of John’s renowned garden in winter and visit the Hellebore collection.


We have finally been able to resume Outings to Gardens. Fortunately the organisations booked to visit in 2020, have honoured bookings moving to this year.

Our first outing at the end of July was a resounding success. With perfect weather conditions, 30 members plus three friends enjoyed a full day at Waterperry Gardens, Oxford. The visit included the fascinating Museum of Rural Life; an introductory talk in the amphitheatre on the history of the site, including the School of Horticulture for Women, established by Beatrix Havergal. Followed up by an informative and interesting guided tour by the Head Gardener, picking up useful tips as we went along. There was plenty of time to stroll around the garden, visit the historic church, enjoy refreshments on the lawns and browse the shops.

The next Outing to Shropshire is Wednesday 8th September visiting two award winning gardens.

Hammonds, our regular coach company, have gone to huge expense, fitting Aura air filters to all their vehicles. They filter the air and kill Covid particles. Face coverings are to be worn in transit. They can do temperature testing prior to boarding, hand sanitiser is provided on board.


As circumstances are different this year notification of Outings are sent to the membership via email or contacted by phone if no internet access. Bookings are only accepted for Members. If places remain available near to the date of the trip invitations may be extended to friends/relatives.

All the usual information on trip details, including the Gardens, how to book outings, where to find booking forms, the location of car parking and coach pick up places, are included in Spring Newsletters sent to members. Please retain these, especially if you only receive a paper copy, the Booking Form paper copy will be included with the Spring Newsletter. The Group website, accessible anytime, contains a wealth of detail about Outings, including all information required in order to book, maps of pick up locations and car parking


COST £28.00 per person - Depart Mount Street 8.30 am Depart David Lloyd, West Bridgford 8.45 am.

To include a short comfort stop enroute.



We spend all day here. Included is a 1 hour guided tour, then the freedom of eight acres of landscaped ornamental gardens which have been a delight and inspiration to gardeners for more than seventy-five years. Founded as a school of horticulture for ladies by Beatrix Havergal in the 1930’s, they provide a wealth of interest and garden design ideas.

There is a stunning classical herbaceous border 200 feet long which should be at its peak. Also a formal garden, rose garden, ornamental garden, alpine garden, lily garden and island beds. Enjoy a walk along the River Thame, refreshments in Miss H’s Tea Shop; shop in the Plant Centre and Garden Shop, Gift Barn, or explore the Rural Life Museum, Orange Tree House, Saxon Church, and Orchards.

Refreshments are at your own expense or bring your own packed lunch.

Mobility Scooter can access all areas except by the River, most paths are compacted gravel.

We aim to be back in Nottingham 5.30 to 6 pm.


Cost £32.50 per person - Depart Mount St 8.30am - Depart David Lloyd, West Bridgford 8.45am



Following the talk by the then Head Gardener Phil Smith in 2019, it will be a long anticipated return visit for some and a surprise for first time visitors to this much admired 4 acre garden created around a C16 house (not open). Its formal structure creates a variety of gardens each with their own colour theme and character. Planting is mainly of perennials, the large range of which results in significant collections of salvias, clematis, crocosmias and roses. Chris Beardshaw comments on the website “I can show anyone, anywhere in the world, photos of this place and they all agree that it is a world-class example of an English Garden”

Recently featured in the Channel 5 TV series with Carol Klein

Tea/coffee and biscuits included. Bring your own packed lunch.

LOTS OF PLANTS FOR SALE - Other visitors will be present on the day.


Universally admired for its structure, inspirational planting and balance of texture, form and all-season colour, the garden more than lives up to its award-winning record. Developed over 30 years, ‘open plan’ garden rooms display over 1000 species (mostly labelled) in a range of colour-themed planting styles, beautifully set off by well-tended lawns, plenty of water and fascinating sculpture. Some gravel paths but help available. We look forward to visiting Windy Ridge, one of the top rated gardens to visit by National HPS Members. Visited by Roy Lancaster and RHS Herbaceous Committee

Teas/ cakes included

Plants for Sale.

We expect to arrive back in Nottingham around 5.30 to 6 pm.