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:

Cerney House – a visit to the garden to see the snowdrops February/March. To be confirmed. It was the Victorian walled garden which the current owners, the Angus family, fell in love with and which now houses a knot garden, a scented garden and a working organic kitchen garden providing produce for family and friends. The garden extends beyond the walled garden and includes woodland walks through 40 acres of Cotswold parkland.

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.

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.

Cliveden House, Taplow, Maidenhead.  Free for National Trust members. Garden tours and house tours are bookable. Glorious gardens and majestic woodlands with far reaching views over the River Thames.

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 2019 outings:

Large colourful pumpkins
Cor, that’s a whopper!
Sauerkraut anyone?
Harts Nurseries Gold winning display of lilies
A lovely display of plants
Kelnan Plants Gold winning display of Restios
More veg, large and misshapen!

The beautiful New Meadow
Veronicastrum and Sanguisorba in the gravel garden
In the cool under the silver birches
Colour in the cutting garden
Perennials in the gravel garden
Comfy seats found
The gravel garden
The red and lime borders
A lovely combination of Hylotelephium and Allium sphaerocephalon
A lovely piece of metal art work in the big grass border