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Saturday, 30 October 2010

Garden Visits Summer & Autumn 2010

Sorry for the absence of posts for a while. I will endeavour to play catch up now.

July's Garden Visit was to Hidcote Manor in Glouchestershire.

August saw a visit to Bennett's Water Garden near Weymouth. A charming garden based around 3 lakes all with a variety of different coloured water lillies.

In September we visited the Bishop's Palace at Wells. It was a beautiful sunny day and some members went on a guided tour while others wandered the gardens at their own pace. Artistic sculptures were scattered around the grounds and beautiful relections of the neighbouring Abbey could also be seen.

For October and autumn colour we visited the small Dorset village of Mintere and the hidden gardens at Minterne House. With the visit planned for the last week of October we did wonder whether it would be too late but it turned out to be perfect timing for beautiful Acers and Beeches amongst many others. After a circular walk around the extended gardens and following a stream and pond some members visited the neighbouring church. We then set off some very narrow lanes to the even smaller village of Poyntington for a cream tea provided by the local WI.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Shady Ladies & Damp Damsels by Sally Gregson

October's evening talk was by Sally Gregson who runs a small nursery near Wookey in Someset. The evening proved to be an informative and interesting discussion on shade loving plants and those who preferred damp conditions.