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Summer is here!!...
As we move to summer proper, we have experienced a brief but quite enjoyable heatwave and in keeping with British tradition we have now entered a period of very wet and mirky weather!
The rain is at least welcome in our gardens, plants always seem to do better after a good rain, they seem to know the difference between watering with tap water. This year the plants seem to have performed particularly well. We had some beautiful examples at the Rose and Sweet Pea Show a couple of weeks ago. If you missed it, there is a write-up and photographs to view please click here.
On 3rd July the coach party will set off for Devon and this years spociety holiday. Watch this space for an account of the holiday and a few photographs.
The next meeting of the Society will be held on 25th July. There has had to be a late change to our published programme. Marcus Denner wii give a talk on 'How to Grow Clemetis Successfully' and will include a practical demonstartion on pruning - a matter which often a source of confusion.
Marcus has been in horticulure since he left school
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Signs of the changing season...
Beautiful red rose after a shower of summer rain
Do you have a photograph that illustrates the season or other aspect of the gardening year. Would you like to share. If you do, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will select one or two each month.
The next full day trip is to Lullingstone Castle and Polehill Shopping and Garden Centre on July 14th. Booking is now closed but you may register interest with the treasurer in case of any cancellations
There are also two half day outings: Firstly on the afternoon of 20th July to Fittleworth House this is now full but again you may register interest in case of cancellations. The final half-day outing is in the morning of 15th August to Harbourside, Prinsted.
Long Border at The Garden House
The holiday will take place from 3rd July for 4 days a report on teh holiday will appear here after the event.
After your taxi pick up from your home, you will join the coach and we make our way to Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown for a coffee stop. We continue onto the outskirts of Tiverton and Knightshayes Estate (National Trust entry not included), a Victorian country house with richly decorated interiors and garden. There is a free 15 minute introductory talk on arrival before time to explore. We arrive at our hotel in Yelverton with time to settle in before dinner.
After breakfast we travel to Exeter where a local red coat guide will join the coach for a 60 minute guided tour of this cathedral city, giving an overview of key historical sites, including a visit to Exeter’s Historic Quayside and the University Campus, finishing with a 30 minute walk and talk of Cathedral Close. The afternoon can be spent in Exeter, exploring the Cathedral (entrance not included) or the city at your own pace. Alternatively you could join the driver for a visit to Killerton (National Trust entry not included). The 18th Century house brings life to generations of one of Devon’s oldest families sand the vast gardens and woodlands are not to be missed.
This morning we make our way to the glorious RHS Garden Rosemoor, created by Lady Anne Palmer in 1959 and developed over the next 30 years. She gave it to the RHS in 1988, and now it boasts an excellent visitor centre, a library, an award winning restaurant, the Wisteria Tearoom,as well as a wonderful range of gardens. The day is spent here before returning to the hotel late afternoon.
A short journey north of the hotel takes us to the Garden House, bought by the Fortescue family in the 1940’s, they spent the next 40 years creating a garden that is still considered by some to be one of the finest in Britain. There is time to explore before rejoining the coach for our afternoon at Bicton Park Botanical Gardens. These grade 1 listed gardens are set between Exeter and the coast, the superbly landscaped park combines 18th century tranquillity with modern amenities to provide all year round enjoyment, including historic glasshouses and a countryside museum. We return to the hotel to freshen up before dinner.
Leaving our hotel after a leisurely breakfast, we visit Montacute House (National Trust entry not included), completed in 1601 it is a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design. Built by skilled craftsmen using local ham stone the house was a statement of wealth, ambition and showmanship. There is time to explore the house as well as the beautiful surrounding gardens. We arrive back in the local area late afternoon to meet our taxis and home.
The holiday includes all transfers and half-board accommodation at 4-star Moorland Garden Hotel, in Yelverton. Entrance fees to NT properties are not included
Roses at RHS Rosemoor