On Saturday the 2nd March we all arived bright and early to catch the coach to Kew Gardens. Arriving around 10.30 we immedialy headed off to join what we hoped would not be too long a queue for the Orchid House. 40 minutes later we finally entered the Orchid House!
Was it worth the wait? Let me tell you it was breath taking! Not just the Orchids but conicopia of tropical plants and displays. You could have spent all day wandering around this enourmous glass house.
Having had our breth taken away we headed out and for a quick bite to eat before exploring the rest of the park including the famouse Pagoda with its dragons on every corner. But did you notice that just one dragon is different from all the others?
The reason is that Kew launched a competition to celebrate Blue Peters 60th Birthday and invited the children of Britain to design a dragon.
Applicants had to give it a name and a superpower. Cressida Cowell, the author and illustrator of “How to Train Your Dragon”, judged the competition.
The response was outstanding with over 9,500 entrants.
The winner was Florence, 11. Her design called Fargesia is an intricate, beautiful dragon with healing powers based on the medicinal properties of plants. Florence was invited to come to Pinewood studios to work with the best modellers in cinema to recreate the dragon under her direction.
Fargesia, with it’s blue bamboo wings and flowery horns, will have a home on The Great Pagoda for the 2018 season.
What a wonderful day we all had at RHS Wisley on Saturday, the sun shone down on these spectacular gardens. From the tropical plants in the large glasshouse to the exotic gardens and the rockeries it was a sight to behold.
The Autumn colours were at their very best, from glorious yellows and golds through to oranges and reds it was truly magnificent. We all enjoyed the "Taste of Autumn", were we sampled juices and cider made from the differing varieties of apples grown at Wisley, as well as lots of other delicious foods.
Then on to the plant centre where many of us found plants we had seen growing in the gardens at Wisley to take home to plant in our own gardens .Many thanks to those who organised this memorable trip.
Trip to Bishops Palace, Wells, 23rd June 2018
Bretforton garden club members enjoyed their BIG outing of the year to the Bishop's Palace at Wells. The Palace and Cathedral are neighbours, so the excellent planning allowed us to visit both.
The day was perfect, the setting amazing and everyone had a wonderful time walking round the extensive gardens. The water features had long been established and at one time served the palace as well but now were simply ornamental. The deep borders were in full flower and the shady lawns provided opportunity to linger in the cool. It was amazing how many plants were flourishing in deep shade. A new formal garden saw all the 'bishops' congregating together...... albeit they were dahlias!!
The day was made more exciting because of the additional attractions...lots of plant stalls and the RHS question time team, as well as opportunity to taste the local wares. Many of our members returned to the coach bearing a variety of plants.
The impressive cathedral tempted many of us to have a quick walk round and in the afternoon, some were lucky enough to hear the choir singing. Many expressed a wish to return to this ...the smallest city in England ....to explore this charming location.
Many thanks to Alison for a very memorable day.
Visit to Johns Garden at Ashwood Nurseries 12th May 2018
What an amazing day we all enjoyed! The weather was perfect and we saw this beautiful garden at its best.
John's 3acre garden borders the Staffs/Worcs canal which adds to the
peace and tranquillity, he has skilfully created. The clipped shrubs and
established borders echo an ancient garden which we all admired, then
much to our surprise we found John had only bought the property and
started developing the garden in 1998.His collection and grouping of
plants are admirable, everything looked so healthy and well positioned.
He is still extending and developing new areas, particularly a wildlife
meadow in which a tribute is being established to commemorate Adam, a
talented young gardener, who contributed greatly to the successful
planting of many borders. One thing we all admired was the way John had
incorporated modern sculptures to enhance the beds. What a wonderful
place and how lucky we were to unexpectedly happen upon John himself who
was pruning in one of the borders. He stopped and chatted warmly to us
about the garden.
As if this wasn't enough we went back to Ashwood nursery, on the
adjoining plot where we enjoyed a wonderful lunch and had time to look
at all the very healthy plants which were for sale. Most people came
away cuddling plants!
Many thanks to Alison for arranging this very memorable trip. I am sure
many of us will return in the future. Meanwhile we are all very much
looking forward to our next outing.
Trip to Painswick , Saturday 17th February 2018.
Garden club members enjoyed the wonderful spectacle of the snowdrops at Painswick Rococo Gardens on Saturday. It was an amazing sight, made all the more enjoyable by the sun shining on them. The head gardener told us they had estimated a figure of over five million snowdrops, with fifteen different varieties. Many thanks to Alison for arranging the trip.
Evening visit to The Walled Herb Garden in Worcester:
The weather was kind to us all as we enjoyed a visit to Julia Scotts Herb
Garden in Worcester. Julia has a wealth of knowledge on all aspects of herb growing and their properties from culinary uses to medicinal benefits. She gave us a fascinating insight into her moon
planting which she believes gives her stronger and more productive plants as the planting is dictated by the phases of the moon.
The evening was rounded off with refreshments served in the garden with Julia and her husband on hand to answer any questions we had.
Our next visit is Thursday 7th September when we will be going to the walled garden at Croome Court after a talk by Chris and Karen Cronin earlier in the year on their restoration project of the site.
Croome Court Walled Garden
Afternoon visit to Croome Walled
Forty two garden club members gathered at Croome to visit the walled garden. We were greeted by Chris Cronin, who together with his wife Karen, has been busy for the last 17 years restoring the garden. The interesting tour reflected the love and care that had been put in to bring the garden up to its present day standard. Chris's informative talks explained the achievements they had made and highlighted the work still to be done which includes planting many varieties of heritage fruit and veg. With the aid of the National Trust and their volunteers Chris is now confident that the garden will be fully restored and he encouraged us to visit again in the future. A welcome cup of tea and beautiful cakes greeted us at the end of what was a chilly but very enjoyable afternoon.
Visit to Barnsdale
Our trip to Barnsdale Gardens was a huge success, forty-five members enjoyed the wonderful gardens in brilliant sunshine, and had a great day. Geoff Hamilton designed the gardens on the popular programme Gardeners World in the 1980s/1990s , set out into thirty eight garden rooms each one with a different theme. We all came away with new ideas for our own plots. A big thank you to Alison for organising the trip.
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