On 15th May over twenty members visited the Moongate Garden at Rustington. A very modern and attractive garden with a good deal of Wow factor! We were blessed with glorious weather and our visit was made complete with cups of tea and delicious homemade cakes!
On Tuesday August 7th a full coach of members set off to the Wisley Headquarters of the RHS. We were blessed to set off on beautiful sunny day. The gardens were, as usual, looking beautiful and we were all able to go our various ways to look at those aspects of the gardens that interested us. For my part, first priority was a coffee!! This was followed, in short order, by a walk along the seven acres ponds to the glass house and the tropical plants. It’s not often that you go into a glass house to get cool! On the approach to the glasshouse are several etched glass panels recognizing the contributions that have been given to the various projects the RHS have carried out at Wisley in the recent past. I am pleased to say that I found the entry for F&MHS (see photo, but you might have to look hard). After the glass house we set off to the viewing point overlooking the fruit gardens, orchards and Jubilee woods. Our route took us through borders that have been planted to withstand drought conditions – if we have more summers like this we may all be thinking about borders like these!
Our route then took us to the Bowes-Lyon Rose garden, followed by
the vegetable garden where I was keen to see the various techniques on
show which I might incorporate onto my allotment. Time for lunch and
then a brisk walk back to the exotic garden and cottage garden. At this
point we had some rain!! after a beautiful morning, clouds had gathered
and we had a damp afternoon but it was only a shower and our spirits
were not dampened. A quick ice cream and then time as we set off home
for the customary raffle. Thank you Christine for organizing this
lovely day out.
The visit to Borde Hill was a really good day out, although rain threatened from time to time, it held off and gave us the opportunity to explore the really interesting and varied gardens and planting. We all also had the opportunity to see some of the rooms inside the house, something that is only available to groups. Unfortunately, photography inside the house is not allowed so I am only able to post a few pictures of the gardens.
The gardens have plenty of interest in all seasons but of particular note at the time of our visit were the rose garden, white garden, mid summer border (a mixed border of shrubs and herbaceous plants), the Italian garden formal planting ion beds with a large rectangular pond and unique water feature.
We arrived just after 11am so there was time for a coffee before walking through the gardens then one group went around the house whilst the others took lunch. The groups then changed over with just enough time for a cuppa before leaving. A really good day out enjoyed by all.
On the afternoon of Tuesday 4th September members assembled at Rymans Garden, Apuldram. The head gardener met us and took us on a tour round the 24 acres of gardens and explained the historical significance of the house and estate. The house dates from about 1410 and was built by William Ryman whose name is still associated with it. He was a prominent merchant and lawyer who became a Knight of the Shire (of Sussex) in 1420 and Sheriff of Sussex in 1434.
The Ryman family continued to own and live here until 1654 when it was sold to Thomas Smith of Binderton. The Smiths lived here until 1730 when it passed by marriage to the Bartellot family who owned it until 1913. The C20th saw the house change hands several times, and fortunately it was sensitively restored by the owners, in particular the current owner who has worked closely with English Heritage.
The garden, owned by Mrs Michael Gayford, has many unusual and rare trees and shrubs, roses, ponds, and a potager. In late summer the garden is ablaze with dahlias, sedums, late roses, sages and Japanese anemones. A highlight in September is the long walk with herbaceous borders framed by pleached limes. A wooden arbour and a centrally positioned urn is a focal point.
Reports by Paul Sedgwick