Below are details of our programme of Society outings for 2019. Non-members are warmly welcomed for £3 extra on the price of each outing.
The departure point for outings is Uplyme Village Hall (UVH), Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, DT7 3UY (unless otherwise specified). Pickup in Axminster can be arranged – ask when booking.
Directions: the Village Hall is in Uplyme on the B3165 between Hunters Lodge and Lyme Regis. Driving from Hunters Lodge, the hall is on the right after the mini roundabout and the filling station. There is parking in front of or behind the hall.
For more details please call chairman Robin Britton on 01297 442794 or speak to the person responsible for bookings, who can advise if there are still spaces on limited-seat trips.
We also offer regular evening meetings at the hall!
Coach Trip March 12th (Tuesday) Depart by coach UVH 9.15am NT Saltram House, Plympton
George II era mansion (most impressive country house in Devon) Magnificently decorated, Chinese wallpaper, Joshua Reynolds paintings etc. The garden, at its best in Spring with narcissi and other spring bulbs, features some lovely trees including a fine Lime avenue, 18c Orangery and octagonal folly. Cafes and shop. Cost NT members £14.00 Non NT £21.00. Please ring Annie Kobus 01297 443346 to book.
Coach Trip April 10th (Wednesday) Depart by coach UVH 9.30am ‘Sculpture by the Lakes’ Dorchester
Nestling in 26 acres, visitors will find an impressive range of outdoor sculptures in the setting of beautiful gardens, hailed as a modern arcadia. The garden’s design has been inspired by ideas from all over the world and wildlife is also an important element. The sculptures are placed in simple, effective settings that are all the more dramatic for that and several emerge from the water. There are 30 of Simon Gudgeon’s works on display including Isis, which is also in London’s Hyde Park, and there is a gallery where some of his smaller pieces can be seen and purchased. Gallery Café for light lunches. Cost £16.00 total. Please ring Rose Mock 01297 34733 to book.
Coach Trip May 3rd (Friday) Depart by coach UVH 9.15am Garden Festival Powderham Castle
More than 100 exhibitors, offering quality plants from award-winning nurseries, unique West Country craft, artisan food and drink along with live music, talks and tips on growing and cooking fruit and vegetables all in the fabulous grounds and interior of Powderham Castle We are going on the Friday, the first of the two days, to see everything at it’s best. Cost £16 for coach & admission. Please ring Rose Mock 01297 34733 to book.
Coach Trip May 15th (Wednesday) Depart by coach UVH 9.15am Buckland Abbey
With 700 years of history, Buckland Abbey is part museum, part house, filled with treasures such as the legendary Drakes Drum. Gardens not extensive but include kitchen and cider house garden with borders full of seasonal blooms, lawn carpeted with wild flowers (bluebells?) in spring and winding paths through trees and shrubs in wild garden at end. Take a walk around 600 acre estate. Restaurant. Cost NT members £14 Non NT £21. Please ring Rose Mock 01297 34733 to book.
Coach Trip June 12th (Wednesday) Depart by coach UVH 9.15am Lytes Cary Manor and Midney Gardens and Nursery
Lytes Cary is an intimate manor house featuring a 14th-century chapel and 15th-century Great Hall. Its Arts & Crafts-style garden is an inspiring combination of outdoor rooms, topiary, statues and herbaceous borders. Small tea room and shop.
Midney 1.4 acre plantsman’s garden and nursery, where unusual planting combinations, interesting use of colour and a natural flowing style create a garden full of variety and inspiration. Includes seaside garden, white garden, kitchen garden, woodland walk, wildlife pond and undercover world gardens.
Cost NT members £18 Non NT members £22. Includes tea/cake at Midney. Please ring Annie Kobus 01297 443346 to book.
Coach Trip July 3rd (Wednesday) Depart by coach UVH 9.15am Cothay Manor nr Wellington
A medieval manor house surrounded by 12 acres of magical gardens -different garden rooms are set off a 200yd yew walk. In addition there is a bog garden, cottage garden and a river walk – a plantsmans paradise. Tea room and small nursery.
Cost £21 total includes house tour. Please ring Jane Hadley 01297 444147 to book. 36 seats max
July 24th (Wednesday) 6.15pm Evening visit to Little Ash Bungalow Fenny Bridges.
Helen Brown has developed her wildlife friendly country garden over the last 18 years It is packed with different and unusual herbaceous perennial, trees, shrubs and bamboos.
Cost £5 to include refreshments. (Non members £8). Depart in shared cars from Uplyme Village Hall at 6.15pm. Please ring Jenny Harding 07773 604137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by July 18th to confirm.
Coach Trip August 13th (Tuesday) Depart by coach UVH 9.30am Keyneston Mill, Blandford
“From seed to bottle” The creative and experimental home of Parterre fragrances, Keyneston Mill is the largest private botanic gardens in the country dedicated solely to aromatic and scented plants, with over 1,000 varieties in a 50-acre estate. Here the key ingredients of Parterre luxury perfumes are grown, harvested and distilled. Bistro Style Cafe.
Cost £18.00 total includes guided tour. Please ring Rose Mock 01297 34733 to book.
Coach Trip Sept 11th (Wednesday) Depart by coach UVH 7.45am The Lost Gardens of Heligan
200 acres of Victorian gardens and pleasure grounds rediscovered thirty years ago. The Lost gardens include aged and colossal rhododendrons and camellias, a series of lakes fed by a ram pump over 100 years old, highly productive flower and vegetable gardens, an Italian garden, and a wild area filled with subtropical tree ferns called “The Jungle”. The gardens also have Europe’s only remaining pineapple pit, warmed by rotting manure, and two figures made from rocks and plants known as the Mud Maid and the Giant’s Head Restaurant. Cost £25 total includes guided tour. Please ring Annie Kobus 01297 443346 to book.
Coach Trip October 8th (Tuesday) Depart by coach UVH 9.30am Sherborne Castle and Gardens
Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, this historic house reflects a glorious variety of decorative styles from over 400 years of English History. 30 acre Capability Brown English Landscape Garden with sweeping lawns, stunning herbaceous bordersand majestic trees. Delightful walks to Raleigh’s Seat, the Cascade, Courtyard Gardens and Orangery. Tea Room.
Cost £17.50 total for coach & admission. Please ring Rose Mock 01297 34733 to book.