This year we had 2 Day Trips planned - a Day Trip to RHS Rosemoor and an Afternoon/Early Evening Trip to Sherfield English to Andy McIndoe's private garden and Gilberts Dahlia Nursery. Both went extremely well.
We already have 2 fantastic Day Trips planned for 2018, which will be revealed in our Magazine to be issued at our November Meeting.
There are just 3 places remaining for the trip to RHS Rosemoor so if you are interested in going - it is open to both Members and Non-Members alike - just contact Elaine Lofthouse (who is on the Events Committee) through the Contact page, or at a Meeting, to check to make sure that there are still places. She will be able to confirm if there are any, and answer any questions you may have. Then just download and print the leaflet, see below, complete the booking form and post it to the address given with your cheque, or bring it along to one of our Meetings.
Here is an opportunity to enjoy a day out at the world famous RHS garden in Devon, without having to worry about the driving! The RHS vision is to enrich everyone’s lives through plants, and visiting Rosemoor will give us the chance to see plants at their very best, to see how they should be grown and to benefit from the expert knowledge of the RHS staff. Included
Return coach travel departing from Colehill at 8 a.m. and from Blandford at 8.30 a.m.
Entrance into the garden
There is a restaurant serving home-cooked food using local produce, light snacks and cakes. Alternatively you may choose to bring along a packed lunch. There is also an excellent Plant Centre with a wide range of plants for sale. You are free to spend your time as you wish. Rosemoor is an inspirational stunning garden set in the beautiful Torridge Valley, occupying an impressive 65 acres of gardens and woodland. More than 2,000 roses offer a fantastic fusion of colour and scent each summer. The sunken hot garden is also worthy of note and is frequently picked as a highlight when covering the garden on television—plenty to see for everyone.
This has proved to be an exceptionally popular trip and sold out very quickly. If however you would like to go, having read the details below, then please contact Barbara Gooch (who is also on our Events Committee) via the Contact page, or at a Meeting, so that she can add you to the Wait List as there may be cancellations at any time. This especially happens when trips are booked so far in advance - so there is still hope. This trip is also open to both Members and Non-Members alike.
Our first stop is at Gilbert’s Nursery, the home of Nick Gilbert, a specialist in Dahlias. You will be free to wander his dahlia field containing over 300 varieties……..and, of course, have the opportunity to buy some plants, and have some tea and cake! Please note we had originally organised for Nick to talk to us but, as it would have been an hour long, it would have been difficult to fit that in with everything else on this trip. We shall however be seeing Nick in 2018 as he has already been booked to come and talk to us about his passions for dahlias. We then take the short drive to Sherfield English’s most famous horticultural resident, Andy McIndoe, winner of numerous Gold medals, 25 from his Chelsea Exhibits alone. Having been with Hilliers for 37 years, he left the Nursery in 2015 to follow a solo career and now lectures all over the world. We have been lucky enough to book him for a guided tour of his very own stunning 2 acre, naturalistic garden at Sandhill Farm. The garden features a beautiful terrace, plus numerous pots and containers, a small gravel garden, two ponds and many of the trees and shrubs he raved about during his recent visit to Colehill Memorial Hall when he spoke about “Bullet Proof Plants”. All of this is to be enjoyed with a glass of wine and nibbles in the early evening, returning back to Colehill by about 7.30 p.m.
Return coach travel departing from Colehill at 2 p.m. and from Ringwood at 2.10 p.m. approximately
Entrance to both the Nursery and Andy McIndoe’s private garden