On Sunday 5 August, 47 Members enjoyed a trip to Hyde Hall, one of the four the RHS Gardens. It is probably the garden that has been developed the most in recent years and contains the iconic Dry Garden, the Robinson Woodland Garden and the Hilltop Garden. Hyde Hall is surely one of the finest gardens in the East of England, its location among rolling hills and fantastic panoramic views can often surprise the visitor to Essex. This 145-hectare (360-acre) estate 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.
On Sunday 20th August 2017 a coach full of our Members went up to Dean House. It was a lovely sunny day & the traffic on the M25 was very light so we had a good journey. The compact 7 acres form part of a family home and gardens, which are now in their thirteenth year of opening and have been described as “A small sliver of Eden’.
It consisted of broad sweep of lawns, herbaceous and mixed borders, well stocked glasshouses, symmetrical Pond Garden, 60 metre tunnel walk and fully operational walled kitchen garden.
On Sunday 24th July 2016 a coach full of our Members went up to Kew. It was a lovely sunny day & the traffic on the M25 was very light so we had a good journey. The Palm house was a little disappointing but the borders were spectacular. Not enough time though to do the whole garden. We arrived around 11o’clock & everyone was free to wander around until we boarded the coach at 4pm for a good journey home. An enjoyable day out.
On Sunday 16th August 2015 we took a full coach down to visit the Sussex Prairie Garden, Henfield and High Beeches, Haywards Heath. It was a lovely day and we all enjoyed coffee at the first garden and a delicious lunch at the second. The Prairie garden was full of colour but I think we chose the wrong time of year to visit High Beeches which is probably better in the Spring or Autumn.