Cancellation of outings

Just to let members and visitors know that our planned outings have been cancelled until further notice. This is based on advice from the government to help keep our members safe.

In the meantime, we thought you might like to stay in touch with each other via the website. Please share your thoughts, comments, ideas, tips, reflections and photos by using the email address on the contacts page. These will then be posted on the new ‘Your Say’ page.

The proposed outings below have now been cancelled:

See below for reviews of previous years outings

Throughout the year the club arranges minibus outings to shows, RHS gardens, NT properties and smaller private gardens. The minibus seats 17 and there is always a family outing atmosphere being filled with much chatter and usually a bag of sweet

The following outings are being planned for 2020:

Bowood Woodland Gardens, Calne, SN11 9PG – April/May. Free for RHS members.  To be confirmed. Only open over six weeks during the flowering season from April to early June, this garden of over 30 acres is an oasis of bluebells, azaleas, magnolias and rhododendrons. The collection includes over 30 hardy hybrids thought to be extinct.

Gilbert White’s House and the Oates collection at Selborne in Hampshire on 15th May.  A visit to the house, museum and garden of  The Reverend Gilbert White (1720-1793) author of ‘The Natural History and Antiquities of Selbourne’.  Widely known as the father of ecology and a globally significant natural scientist, Gilbert White was first a gardener and it was the love of the outdoors and of growing things that stimulated his interest in nature.

This visit will follow the talk on the evening of the 12th of May by David Standing the retired head gardener at Selborne.

Highnam Court in Highnam, Gloucester on 10th July –  The garden was originally created by owner Thomas Gambier Perry which he started in 1840 and by 1874 rivaled any in the UK.  After years of neglect the current owner, Roger Head, during the last 25 years has totally and lovingly restored the 40 acres to its former glory with many new additions. Highlights include a parterre, knot garden, rose garden, rock garden, fern garden, Monet garden and eight acres of wildflower meadow divided into 12 different sections. Entry and tea and cake will cost £8 plus travel.

Iford Manor Garden, Bradford-on-Avon – summer. RHS members free on Fridays. To be confirmed. Grade-I listed gardens of 2.5 acres designed by Harold Peto during his tenure at Iford from 1899-1933. The gardens are characterised by colonnades, pools and steps with magnificant rural views over the Frome River Valley.

The final dates, times of departure from Cricklade Town Hall car park and costs will be announced nearer the time.

Members have priority on outings but sometimes there are seats available to non-members; please send us you details if you would like us to contact you on such occasions.

                                              Reviews of 2020 outings:

During April 2017 the Garden Club visited Kiftsgate Court – the bluebells were beautiful but there was much more to see!

Garden Plan
Bluebells, Hyacinthoides non scripta, at Kiftsgate
A gorgeous tree peony in the Four Squares Garden
Looking up to the Middle Bamks
There were lots of beautiful peonies in the agarden
The Summer House
Magnolia Wilsonii
The Water Garden
Flame orange tulips in front of Nectaroscordum buds
Bluebells, Trillium and Aquilegia. I recall the Kiftsgate tea was as good as the plants!


A view of The Courts Garden
A lovely combination including pale blue bearded Iris
Dancing beards at The Courts
Blue Iris surround the pond of water lilies at The Courts