It was nice to be able to restart our BGA programme as Covid restrictions ease, and what better than to do this with a visit to RHS Wisley. A group of BGA members had a lovely day wandering around the gardens in the sunshine, some seeing the new buildings that have been constructed over the last few years for the first time.
On Sunday 4 August, BGA members enjoyed a trip to Walmer Castle and Garden and the nearby Goodnestone Garden. Walmer Castle originally a Tudor fortress, evolved into a stately home for the Lords Warden of the Cinque Ports, and became the residence of famous names from the Duke of Wellington to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
Outside, the castle are over 8 acres of award-winning gardens, including the breath-taking Broadwalk and the serene Queen Mothers Garden. Surrounding this area are the tranquil parkland/woodland, including the newly opened Glen, a planted former chalk quarry.
Goodnestone Garden is a haven of beautiful tranquillity, a formal walled garden dating back to the 17th century. This comprises of three components comprising a rose garden, herbaceous borders, vegetable potager and a water feature.
See the following pictures of our members enjoying the day.
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.