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Wonderful Wisley in Springtime.

Our next outing will be on BankHoliday Monday 6th May to RHS Wisley.


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 outings@ickenham-horticultural.org.uk 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
Visit 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 outings@ickenham-horticultural.org.uk 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: 10am–4.45pm

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.

Mobility 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 email enquiries@ickenham-horticultural.org.uk

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.





Wonderful Wisley

Our 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.

The gardens themselves were lovely, enhanced by the Surrey Sculpture Trail exhibition that had just started showing.

It 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

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 4.30 p.m.

Shaukat Manji

VISIT 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.