Our first outing of the year was in April, self drive to Blacklands near Calne. We were welcomed by Polly Nicholson. The tulips were stunning in this immaculate garden.
Polly's knowledge and enthusiasm was inspiring.
In May we visited Belcombe Court in Bradford on Avon. Paul and Caroline Weiland showed us round their historical garden. An interesting blend of restored 18th century features and contemporary additions. A very enjoyable and stimualting evening.
A coach took us to the Cotswolds in June. First to Hodges Barn. Owner Amanda Hornby showed us round her beautiful and varied garden. It really was a restful and joyful place to be.
The roses were wonderful, and the white garden and water garden exceptional.
We then went on to Miserden, a walled garden owned by the Wills family. The long borders were impressive, and, with areas of meadowland , there was a good mix of the past and present. The bonus of the sculpture exhibition around the garden added another dimensin to the visit.
In July the rain held off for our self drive visit to the gardens of the Biddulph family home, Rodmarton Manor. The borders were looking lush and the topiary was impressive. There were many different areas and vistas to investigate and admire as we went round this 8 acre garden. This was also an opportunity to socialize over an excellent tea.
Our final visit of 2023 was as self drive outing to Harriet Tupper's garden in Leigh Delamere.
Harriet guided us round her most interesting collection of trees, many of which she has grown from seed. We were lucky with the weather and after a pleasant tour were able to enjoy refreshments together in the sunshine.