The Society has organised four all-day trips by coach to places of gardening interest during 2014. Everyone is welcome – non-members at an extra £3 to cover temporary membership:
Tuesday May 20: Visit to Mottisfont Abbey and gardens – National Trust property on the banks of the River Test at Romsey, Hampshire. A romantic country house with art gallery and remains of a 13th century priory. Extensive gardens with ancient trees, riverside walks and walled garden with world-famous rose collection. Depart from Uplyme Village Hall at 9am, price £20 for coach and admission; National Trust members £12. Please ring Brian Cursley on 01297 443642 or 07831 533580 by May 12 to book.
Tuesday July 8: Visit to RHS Hampton Court Flower Show at East Molesey, Surrey. Depart from Uplyme Village Hall 7am, return late evening, price £45 for coach and admission. Please ring Rob Harvey on 01297 631644 or Jenny Harding on 01297 444034 to book.
Tuesday September 9: Visit to Coleton Fishacre gardens and house – National Trust property at Kingswear, Devon. This wonderful RHS accredited garden (daily tour) lies in a stream-fed, secluded valley on the South Devon Coast The mild climate and shelterbelts make the garden suitable for a wide range of rare and exotic plants. The 1920s Arts & Crafts style house with Gilbert and Sullivan connections was the country home of the D’Oyly Carte family. Depart from Uplyme Village Hall at 9.15am, price £18.80 for coach and admission; National Trust members £10. Please ring Brian Cursley 01297 443642 or 07831 533580 by September 1st to book.
Sunday October 5: Visit to Yeo Valley Organic Gardens near Blagdon, Somerset, by coach. Six and half acres of contemporary organic gardens featuring a beautifully managed ornamental vegetable garden, gravel garden, stream-side garden and two meadow areas. Great tea room, too. Depart from Uplyme Village Hall at 9.30am, price £15 for coach and admission. Please ring Jenny 01297 444034 by September 22 to book.