2019 Gardeners weekend away – group receiving 

a talk at Trentham Gardens

Spetchley Park


Moseley Old Hall


Rivers of grass walk – Trentham Gardens


Italian Gardens at Trentham

flower meadows at Trentham


2024 weekend away has been planned and we are taking names.

We are off to Hampshire and Dorset

Friday 21st June – Sunday 23rd June.

Gardens we are visiting are:

Athelhampton, Mottisfont, Exbury Gardens, Furzey and Hillier Gardens.

Hotel Chilworth Manor  DB&B

Contact Barbara Heaton if your are in




 GARDEN VISITS  for 2024

12th June 2024  we are off to Ashley court Tiverton.

Meet in parish hall car park at 1.15pm  to arrive at gardens 2pm

£11 per person

Ashley Court is an old georgian country House with 18 acres,

including walled kitchen garden, we will be given a tour of the gardens and house by the owner,  tea and cake included in price.

14th August 2024 –  we will be going to Burrow Farm gardens,

£10 per person entry to gardens and tour  by the grandson of the owner.

Mary Bengar,



2023  weekend away for Hemyock Gardeners

What a fabulous weekend we had.  The weather wasn’t too hot and despite a little bit of rain on the Saturday this didn’t spoil the day.

We set off on Friday and our first stop was Yeo Valley gardens, set next to Blagdon Lake it is in a lovely setting.   The gardens were looking dry but not surprising as so little rain for the last couple of months but lots of colour in the gardens and cool under the birch trees.    Next we traveled onto Llanover Gardens and I think this was everyone’s favourite.   The owner Elizabeth and the head gardener walked us through the gardens and told us the history  and how the garden has developed over the years.  A splendid tea was provided for us.

Saturday – off to the Botanical gardens, lots to see and explore here, beautifully kept and informative, fortunately two large greenhouses to explore when the drizzle came, my favourite bit was the apothecary’s garden and all the old medicine bottles in the apothecary’s hall. The bird of prey centre was also popular with our group

Saturday afternoon we went to Aberglasney gardens, an old cloister gardens, with rose arbors, a large walled vegetable garden,  streams with planting either side of them. 

Sunday we left the hotel and made our way to Dyffryn gardens near Cardiff –  the arboretum had many champion trees, lots of garden rooms to walk through and a water feature in front of the house with victorian style bedding.

Our final garden was a private garden in Somerset and the coach driver , Richard, managed to get us there despite the narrow wind roads.   A lovely garden owned by couple who welcomed us with open arms and provided us with tea and cake.   A gardens of individual rooms and interesting planting combinations.






Picture of the working party at the Healthy Living Centre, an Autumn tidy up of the garden the club planted a couple of years ago, plus the removal of a shrub that had out grown its space.  Tulip bulbs planted for a spring display and afterwards we all enjoyed tea and cake kindly provided by Brenda and Roy.  Thanks to all that helped.



2019 WEEKEND AWAY 28-30th June

Wow another glorious weekend – with fantastic weather again (maybe a little too hot for some on the Saturday) and a lovely hotel to stay in, plus some fantastic gardens to look at.   We started off at Spetchley Park in Worcestershire where the gardens were set in the grounds of the house.  A garden made up of rooms and vistas, pleasant walks round the lake.   We then got back on the coach and made our way up the M5 and M6 to Wolverhampton to Old Moseley Hall, an interesting old house to look round and a 17th century knot garden. The garden was simple and very peaceful to look at and sit in.  Saturday we spent the day at Trentham Gardens, where 3 garden designers had made their mark.  Piet Oudolf created the Rivers of Grass area,  Tom Stuart-Smith the Italian gardens and Nigel Dunnett the woodland and wild flower meadows.   We had a very informative talk to start the day and then had the rest of the day to explore the gardens by ourselves.  All gardens were on a grand scale and beautiful to look at,  those of us who could stand the heat walked round the lake or some even took a boat trip across the lake.    Sunday took us to the Dorothy Clive gardens which was made out of an old gravel pit.  Meandering walks up through the hillside garden planted with trees, Azaleas and various shrubs.  The lower gardens had a rose walk, alpine scree and beautifully planted borders. 










































Dorothy Clive gardens


Dorothy Clive gardens












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