Visit to Cambridge University Botanical Gardens
Sunday 14th October 2018
Plants from all over the world are displayed in this 40 acre oasis of gardens and glasshouses. In autumn, as the
days shorten and the temperatures drop, spectacular leaf colour ignites the garden. Foliage colours from vivid coral to deep
purple combine with late flowers, seed heads, fruits and grasses to become a richly textured tapestry. The glasshouses are
full of all year round interest and represent plant diversity in various environments. You can see more about the gardens
on their website here.
The cost is £23 per
person, to include transport and entrance. To reserve a place, please either email email@example.com or
phone 01923 774293.
The coach will depart at 9:15am from outside the
Coach and Horses in Ickenham and will leave Cambridge at 3:30pm.
RHS Garden Hyde Hall
on Bank Holiday Monday 7 May 2018
Experience the horticultural
gem that is RHS Garden Hyde Hall, with fantastic panoramic views and an estate that is constantly evolving as the gardening
team strive to retain the original intimacy and charm of this horticultural gem, while at the same time aiming to restore
much of the estate to its former rural glory, including its historic hedgerows and woodland.
Highlights include a beautiful hilltop garden, with herbaceous borders, a rose garden and a fascinating Mediterranean-inspired
Dry Garden which showcases an array of drought tolerant plants that will thrive in an area of very low rainfall. There is also a superb Global Growth Vegetable Garden,
displaying fruit and vegetables from around the world.
Biodiversity has been embraced by the team, which is evident in
the brown hare population that inhabits the site, along with the butterflies and birds that are abundant at Hyde Hall.
Additionally at the time of our visit there is a Craft Fair
which runs 4-7 May, showcasing more than 60 local artists, craftspeople and designers.
As our Society is
affiliated to the RHS, we are allowed free entry just once a year for one coach group; for this special event the transport
cost will be only £17.50 to Society members.
Be sure to book early to reserve a place.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01923 774293.
We will leave Ickenham promptly at 9.15am
and start the return journey at 3.30pm.
The Clover Café - in the re-styled café you will find a great range of speciality teas,
coffees, cakes and sandwiches. There’s also a new range of cooked items including mushrooms on toast, Welsh rarebit
etc. Cafe opening times: March–October: 9.30am–5.15pm
The Barn Restaurant - in Hyde Hall's
Hilltop Garden, is an old thatched barn full of rural charm, with an intimate, welcoming atmosphere. Restaurant opening times:
The gardens and buildings are accessible however please note that this is a hilltop garden, with sloping
areas and typical finish of paths and footways. We offer the loan of manual wheelchairs to help you enjoy the entire garden.
scooters: There are just two powered mobility scooters which are operational between the hours of 10am & 5pm. To pre-book
a scooter call the Visitors Services team on 01245 402019
There is a suggested donation of £2 per scooter,
visitors will be provided with operating instructions prior to use.
|Bowes-Lyon rose garden at Wisley
We have a vacancy for Social Secretary to take over arranging trips out. If you can help, please
See below for reports of previous outings.
Wisley Monday 2nd May 2016
Below are some photos from our visit to Wisley in May 2016. We hope
to see you on this year's visit, Monday 1st May. Booking details are above.
outing to RHS Garden Wisley on Sunday 26th August 2012 was blessed with glorious weather and our timing on the day could not
have been better: we enjoyed clear roads in both directions and sailed into the coach park and the gardens without a hiccup.
gardens themselves were lovely, enhanced by the Surrey Sculpture Trail exhibition that had just started showing.
had been a few years since many of our party had visited the gardens and new features such as the Queen Mother's rose
garden - still in full bloom - drew much praise, as did the amazing Glasshouse.
In the RHS' words:
'Entering the Glasshouse is like
walking into a jungle - tree ferns, tall palms, lush-leaved creepers and dazzling flower displays give an air of expectation
and drama. There are three interlinked zones: dry temperate and moist temperate (adjacent spaces within the main area of the
glasshouse), and a tropical zone overlooking the lake at the front.'
|New College Oxford
Visit Sunday 13th May 2012. What a day. The heavens smiled, for it was a brilliant day - sunny, little breeze and not too crowded in Oxford.
We left on time at 9 a.m. and arrived in Oxford with ten minutes
to spare before meeting the guide.
Then we were off to see some of the Colleges. In the first hour and
a half with the guide, he made us aware of Oxford’s rich history and fabulous architecture,
as well as its origin as a seat of learning.
After that we were free
to visit the many lovely places that Oxford has to offer, such as the Botanical Gardens,
Bodleian Library, museums, etc., or to return to the Colleges for an in-depth visit.
Exhausted, we left Oxford at 3.30
p.m. and, on the return journey, Doreen Williams even organised a quick prize-draw, (what would we do without her?).
The prize was the cost of the trip.
The timing of the coach was excellent, and we were back in Ickenham at
TO CHARTWELL, Sunday 23 May 2010 Family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill.
Chartwell delighted us with its amazing history of Sir Winston Churchill, his political life, his private
studio and of course the vegetable garden. To top it all, we had wonderful weather. Our arrival we were met by the NT representative, giving us a brief background to the House and Gardens.
Then it was to the House to experience the life and times of Sir Winston Churchill.
After lunch, it was to the Gardens,
the vegetable gardens and of course the studio, where Sir Winston painted stills. It being a hot day, the 3pm departure time arrived none too soon, we left for home, and fortunately with
the motorway being accident-free, we arrived at about 4:30pm.