Outings 2018

Below are details of our programme of Society outings for 2018. Non-members are warmly welcomed for £3 extra on the price of each outing.

The departure point for outings is Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, DT7 3UY (unless otherwise specified).

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   October 9th (Tuesday)  – 7.45am     The Eden Project

The Eden Project nr St Austell is a Living Theatre of Plants and People — an educational charity that explores how people can work together and with nature to change things for the better. Trek through the world’s largest indoor rainforest, take in the sights and smells of the Mediterranean Biome, and explore the huge outdoor gardens.

Cost £25 total for coach & admission.  Please ring Gill Williams 01297 444927 or 34733 to book.


Coach Trip   November 14th (Wednesday)  9.00am – NT Cotehele nr Tavistock

Every year in November, gardeners and volunteers from Cotehele come together to create the most beautiful Christmas garland, handmade using thousands of flowers grown throughout the estate. A tradition since 1956, the giant ‘swag’ is 60ft long and hangs in the Great Tudor Hall during the festive season.  Restaurant and shop.

Cost NT members £12.50  Non NT £18.50 Please ring Annie Kobus 01297 443346 or 445618 to book.

Past events:

Coach Trip   March  13th (Tuesday)  9.15am – NT Killerton, Exeter

Glorious landscape garden surrounded by parkland with fine 18th Century house. Rhododendrons, Camellias, champion trees, formal lawns.  Costume exhibition. Cafe and shop.

Cost NT members £12.50, Non NT £18.50 to include guided tour of house. Please ring Barbara Kidson 01297 445618 or 34733 to book.


Coach Trip   April 11th (Wednesday) 9.15am – Cranborne Manor

Cranborne nr Wimborne is a beautiful and historic garden laid out in the 17th Century by John Tradescant and enlarged last century, featuring several gardens surrounded by walls and yew hedges: blue and white garden, cottage style and mount gardens, water and wild garden. Many interesting plants, with fine trees and avenues. Tearoom, Garden centre and shop.

Cost RHS members £12, Non RHS £17. Please ring Anne Rose 01297 33049 or 444034 to book.


Coach Trip   May 9th (Wednesday) 7.45am – RHS Wisley

Wisley is the historical home of the RHS and is undoubtedly one of the great gardens of the world – at over 200 acres in size it is a wonderful day out. With sights to see including richly planted borders, the stunning Glasshouse (housing over 5,000 different varieties of tropical plant), Battleston Hill, the Fruit Orchard and dramatic Rock Garden. Plant centre, restaurants and shop.

Cost £20.00 total. Please ring Annie Kobus 01297 443346 or 444927 to book


Coach Trip   June 5th  (Tuesday) – 9.00am  Holbrook Garden Nursery and Cothelstone Manor

Holbrook covers 2 acres and stands on the fringe of Sampford Peverell village, nr Tiverton. The philosophy behind the gardening is essentially German naturalism, with attention to the native wild plant population and local species. The garden is home to the National Collection of the genus Helenium. The specialist retail nursery propagates and grows a wide range of hardy plants.

Cothelstone, nr Taunton, is one of Somerset’s most historic houses, not normally open to the public – it’s history runs from 1066 through the Civil War to its renaissance in the 19th century.  Private tour by owner of house and grounds followed by full tea -sandwiches and cake!

Cost £25.00 total includes coffee at Holbrook and tea at Cothelstone. Please ring Rose Mock 01297 34733 or 444927 to book


Coach Trip   July 3rd (Tue) – 9.15am   Wildside & Burnham Orchid Nursery 

Burnham Nurseries in Newton Abbot are described as an Orchid Paradise, one of the best in the country and winners of 20 Chelsea Gold Medals. A real family business since 1949.  Tour of the nursery plus coffee included in the entry price.

Wildside Garden and Nursery nr Yelverton was created by Keith Willey, head gardener at the Garden House from 1978-2003. Keith is a proponent of a new naturalism movement in gardening which seeks to work in harmony with nature, allowing plants to thrive much as they would in the wild.  He takes inspiration from natural landscapes to create areas of planting in his garden inspired by sights around the world.

Cost £22 total includes tour and coffee at Burnham. Please ring Jenny Harding 01297 444034 or 445618 to book. 36 seats max.


Coach Trip August 3rd (Friday) – 9.15am   Taunton Flower Show

The Taunton Flower Show has been running since 1831, and has all the elements one would expect – show gardens, competitive classes for plants, produce and crafts, a floral marquee, trade stands and events in the arena through the day. We are going on the Friday, the first of the two days, to see the displays at their best.

Cost £19 for coach & admission. Please ring Rose Mock 01297 34733 or 33049 to book.


Coach Trip   August 19th (Sunday) 9.30am – NT Castle Drogo

Dramatic castle overlooking Teign Gorge – undergoing conservation project to make it watertight. Beautiful Lutyens designed terraced garden, with dramatic views of Dartmoor. Newly created rose garden and quaint Bunty House/Wendy house with its own miniature garden. Cafe and shop.

Cost NT members £12.50, Non NT £18.50. Please ring Gill Williams 01297 444927 or 444034 to book. 36 seats max


Coach Trip   Sept 12th (Wednesday) – 9.00am Special Plants and Iford Manor

Special Plants nr Bath. On a steep hill at the top of an idyllic valley, the garden (designed by Derry Watkins’ architect husband Peter Clegg) is built on several levels with graceful flowing curves, and filled with D’s favourite plants.  Although the garden is on heavy clay, Derry’s love for Mediterranean plants meant that two gravel gardens were also created to satisfy her passion.  Along with ponds with trickling water between and a bog garden, there is a vegetable garden, orchard and woodland walk with a magic carpet bridge that ripples over a tiny stream. Guided tour included.

Iford Manor nr Bath is a Grade I garden designed by Harold Peto, who trained as an architect and had Edwin Lutyens as an assistant. After several visits to Italy, Peto became fascinated by Italianate gardens and combined his knowledge of practical gardening with an architect’s eye. In 1899 he bought Iford Manor (an 18th century house) where he transformed its grounds into his Italian ideal, where flowers occupy a secondary place amongst the cypresses, broad walks, statues, arcades and pools.

Cost £25 total includes guided tour from Derry Watkins.  Please ring Jenny Harding 01297 444034 or 33049 to book 36 seats max

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Gardening, social events, shows, and visits in East Devon and West Dorset

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