Visits and Trips for 2020
Monday 1st June - Wednesday 3rd June
Three day trip
Derbyshire and Shropshire Gardens,
staying at the Eastwood Hall Hotel in Nottinghamshire for two nights.
This is a busy trip that includes well known Chatsworth House as well as several less famous gardens.
On Monday we will visit The Dower House and then Melbourne Hall.
The Dower House garden covers about 1.5 acres, dropping steeply by paths and steps to a lawn. Here there are herbaceous borders and a bank of flowering shrubs, as well as a bog garden, herb and vegetable garden and a shrubbery.
Nearby Melbourne Hall is a 17 acre garden with an abundance of rare trees and shrubs. It also has the best surviving early 18th century English garden in the manner of Le Notre. Woodland and waterside planting complement the extensive herbaceous borders.
These are both private visits.
Day 2 sees us in the heart of the Peak District, firstly at Thornbridge Hall, designed at the end of the 19th century to create a vision of '1,000 shades of green'.
In the 12 acres of formal gardens you will find temples, statues and grottos as well as herbaceous borders. water gardens, a scented terrace and kitchen garden.
In the afternoon we will be visiting Chatsworth House and Garden. There will be an opportunity to see the house as well as the ever-evolving garden that surrounds it. The historic and modern waterworks are a marvel in themselves.
Our final day includes visits to two gardens. The Dorothy Clive Garden is a magical 12 acres created in 1939 by Harry Clive for his wife Dorothy. This is a very beautiful Plantsman's Paradise. The garden is both formal and informal, inviting the visitor to explore and discover the intimacy and tranquility that this beautiful garden creates.
The last visit of the trip is to Wollerton Old Hall Garden. Here the planting style is described as 'controlled exuberance'with emphasis on perennials. There is much in this garden for the plant enthusiast, with a number of separate gardens, each one having its own style and ethos.
2 nights away, 3 day trip
Travel together by coach.
Open to members and a guest.
Single room £335 pp for 2 nights
Share twin/double £295 pp for 2 nights
Includes breakfast and dinner both nights, and lunch on Days 1 and 3.