Gardening Group

The Manor House Gardens, Bledlow  -  Wednesday 19th September 2018

The house was build in the mid 17th Century, but the garden did not come into it's current form until the late Lord Carrington and his wife took over the property in 1946. With the help of a young, up and coming landscape architect, Robert Adams, they planned and designed the garden and over the years, have developed it into the masterpiece we see today.

48 Garden Group members visited the garden, and were welcomed by Mark Thompson, one of the three gardeners who currently keep everything in good order.

We were free to wander at our leisure and numerous people were seen to be filling their pockets with "conkers", freshly fallen from the Horse Chestnut trees, of which there were many around the garden. We are all children at heart.

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The Walled Garden at Wormsley Estate, near Stokenchurch  -  Wednesday 15th August 2018

Designed and created over 300 years ago, this absolute Gem of a garden, hidden away in the heart of the Chiltern Hills, proved to be a most amazing experience. We were welcomed by Head Gardener Charlotte, who introduced us to her team and gave us a brief history of the Walled Garden and how it was restored to it's former glory by Sir John Paul Getty, who purchased the property in 1986.

We were given Pimms and savoury snacks on our arrival, and were then free to roam this Oasis of Calm, at our leisure. The enthusiasm of all the gardeners was infectious and they were  happy to stand and chat, and proved to be extremely knowledgable on all aspects of the garden.

It is fair to say that all 82 members who went on this trip, would go back again to see what this garden looks like at other times of the year. Outstanding!!

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On Wednesday 18th July, we visited the gardens of His Honour Judge and Mrs Richard Foster, at Westend House in Cheddington

This 2 acre garden featured herbaceous and shrub borders, a rose garden, a wild flower area and a natural pond. There was also a formal vegetable garden and a small orchard. A hidden tree house was a masterpiece of contruction and a Fig tree that had invaded the greenhouse was a sight to behold. Despite the dry conditions, the garden looked beautiful with plenty of interest for everyone.

We were made extremely welcome by Mrs Sue Foster, and a team of ladies (and a gentleman) supplied us with a wealth of beautiful cakes and tea served in bone china tea cups. What better way to spend a glorious summer day.

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A coach trip to Hidcote Manor and Kiftsgate Court Gardens

On Wednesday 20th June, 50 members of the Gardening Group, set off by coach for a visit to these two magnificent gardens on the edge of the Cotswolds. The weather was perfect and the gardens were a delight to behold. The roses were putting on a spectacular display and the blooms of the famous Kiftsgate Rose, climbing high into the tree tops, looked like a white waterfall tumbing through the branches. The scent of the flowering shrubs and tree blossoms filled the air and everyone agreed it had to be one of the best visits of the year ........   so far !!

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 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.

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 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.

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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.

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We then went to the rear garden, with wonderful views of the river, the weir and the wooded slopes on the opposite bank. 

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 Our previous visit in August was to "Kathy Brown's Garden" in Stevington, near Bedford.

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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.

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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.  

 To view the Gardening Group's Introduction Presentation "Gardening visits over the last two years" please click the picture below: 



Gardening Group Introduction Presentation

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