2020 Cancelled, then ran in 2021 We would like to announce our 11th annual holiday to Cheshire Sunday 11 July to Wednesday 14 July 2021
On our 11th 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 all 3 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. Next onto 5 Cobbs Lane, Crewe where refreshments will be served in the local hall for us. 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. Here, you will have made your choice of packed lunch, which you can eat where and when you wish in the gardens. A short drive takes us to Briarfield, Neston, a fabulous 2 acre plantswoman’s garden where further refreshments are available.
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. Our next destination is Arley Hall, famous for its double historical herbaceous borders. There is plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful garden and visit their nursery. A short drive afterwards takes us to 10 Statham Avenue, Lymm, a small but perfectly tended garden, bordering the Bridgwater Canal. Here we have refreshments before returning to the hotel for our final evening meal.
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. 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 all 3 nights.
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
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.
Meetings generally held at:- COLEHILL VILLAGE HALL Cannon Hill Road Colehill, Wimborne Dorset, BH21 2LR email: DorsetHPS@gmail.com