HOLIDAY 2020 Postponed until 11th July 2021 due to Coronavirus
The hotel will remain the same but gardens may need to change depending on individual owners circumstances
We would like to announce our 11th annual holiday to Cheshire
Sunday 11 July to Wednesday 14 July 2021
On our 11th consecutive holiday, we will be visiting a Botanical Garden, a garden with a National Collection, a nursery and various private gardens, some of which have recently featured on television programmes.
We stay for 3 nights at the 4* Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel, Parkgate Road, Ledsham, CH66 9PB which has extensive gardens, indoor pool and spa. We have dinner at the hotel for 2 nights of our stay.
DAY ONE Our first stop is Yew Tree Cottage, Staffordshire, holders of the National Collection of Dieramas, where you will eat your packed lunch, then onto 5 Cobbs Lane, Crewe. The owner of this wonderful garden is an ex Chair of the Cheshire HPS Group.
DAY TWO We visit Bluebell Cottage Gardens and Nursery who specialise in Thalictrums. The owner is a previous BBC Gardener of the Year. Then onwards to Ness Botanic Garden, 64 acres of interesting gardens on the Wirral Peninsula. We have a tour by the gardening staff (I am sorry this has had to be cancelled due to covid) then your choice of lunch in the tea rooms. A short drive takes us to Briarfield, Neston, a fabulous 2 acre plantswoman’s garden.
DAY THREE We start at Stretton Old Hall, 5 acres of exuberance which was featured on Gardeners’ World in September 2018. In fact the visit is still on the internet if you wish to look beforehand. Then we have lunch in Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, a community restored project space. A short drive takes us to 10 Statham Avenue, Lymm, a small but perfectly tended garden, bordering the Bridgwater Canal. Our final destination of the day is Arley Hall, famous for its double historical herbaceous borders. A guided tour by the Head Gardener (this may well be cancelled too) precedes dinner in the restaurant overlooking the gardens.
DAY FOUR Our final day takes us to a wonderful garden recently featured on “Great British Gardens” on the TV. John Massey’s Garden at Ashwoods Nurseries is a 3 acre plantsman’s garden bordering the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal that has an abundance of rare plants alongside familiar favourites. We have a tour booked with one of the gardening team. You may purchase lunch at the adjacent garden centre café before we depart for home.
Three nights’ bed and breakfast at 4 star Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel, with leisure facilities
Dinner at hotel on days one and two.
Dinner at Arley Hall on day three
Lunches on days two and three of the holiday. You will need to bring a packed lunch on day one
Refreshments at most gardens not serving lunch
Coach travel by Laguna Travel
Pick up and drop off at Colehill or Ringwood
Entrance to all gardens
Bookings will be accepted from 2 January 2020 with a non-refundable deposit of £50 per person and dealt with in order of receipt. Balance to be paid by 31 March 2020.
HPS Dorset Group Members (per person): Double/twin/triple rooms £385.00 Single rooms £480.00
Non-Dorset Group Members (per person): Double/twin/triple rooms £395.00 Single rooms £490.00
The Booking Form, together with the Terms and Conditions of Booking, may be accessed by clicking on the button below. You then need to print and complete it, then post/deliver it to Debbie Steel, 7 Ebor Close, West Parley, Ferndown, Dorset BH22 8LZ with your cheque for the deposit of £50 per head.