Our second visit of the summer programme 2018
On Wednesday 16th May, we visited Spindrift, a garden in Jordans, near Beaconsfield. We were welcomed by Mrs Norma Desmond-Mawby, a delightful lady who gave us a brief history of the village of Jordans, and then a tour of her beautiful garden. Tea and cakes were served on the lawn, and then some of us were privilages to visit a neighbouring garden, which contained the remnants of a clay pit, from which the bricks were made to build the local houses. Two beautiful gardens in one day. A real bonus.
On April 18th we went on the first of our Summer visits by coach, to Borde Hill Garden near Haywards Heath in Sussex. It was a wonderful sunny day and after the preceding week of endless cloud and rain it was a real treat to walk round in the Spring sunshine, viewing the stunning Magnolias, Azaleas, Camelias, Anenomes and many other Spring flowers.
Here are just a few of the pictures taken on the day.
Our September 2017 visit was to White Walls, a garden in Marlow, backing onto the River Thames near to the Marlow weir. A small but interesting garden, and the owner, Mr Williams, showed us around and chatted to us. We started in the front garden where there was a beautiful lawn, an ornamental pond and Canna Lilies in pots.
We then went to the rear garden, with wonderful views of the river, the weir and the wooded slopes on the opposite bank.
Our previous visit in August was to "Kathy Brown's Garden" in Stevington, near Bedford.
On a beautiful sunny day, we wandered through the various "rooms" within the garden, many of them depicting famous paintings, with the planting matching the colour scheme of the individual pictures. Each one was a work of art. We were given a guided tour of the garden by Kathy and her husband, who explained the thoughts that went into the planning of the garden.
The ancient fishpond had been converted into a seating area, surrounded by the most spectacular and colourful plants. We made good use of this when we took advantage of the tea and homemade cakes, flavoured with edible flowers, another of Kathy Brown's specialities. An altogether wonderful experience for all those who went on the trip.
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