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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.

Cancelled due to Coronavirus

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Wednesday 1 July 

Day trip


A chance to visit two delightful gardens in Gloucestershire.

Hodges Barn garden rambles from one area to another in an ordered yet relaxed manner.

Cotswold stone walls host rambling and climbing roses, clematis, vines and hydrangeas, together with yew, rose and tapestry hedges create formality round the garden.

In addition there are mixed shrub and herbaceous borders, shrub roses, a water garden and woodland garden.


The Garden at Miserden, with terraces overlooking the Golden valley, dates back to the 17th century. There are extensive yew hedges, including a notable topiary yew walk, designed by Lutyens. The magnificent mixed borders contain a wide range of roses, clemetis, shrubs and herbaceous plants,


Coffee/tea at Hodges Barn included.

Lunch at Miserden Garden included.

Travel together by coach.

Open to members and a guest.

£54 pp.


Cancelled due to Coronavirus

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