Garden Visits

This is the Second year of this group which was set up for anyone who likes gardening and gardens from the keen amateurs to those who just like to dabble or wander around beautiful gardens.

If this group is for you so please provide suggestions of Gardens you would like to visit within 50 mile radius, could be to public gardens or popping round to a member’s garden for tea and a chat.

The garden visits would will now run from February to October,normally on the last Friday of the month  meeting at the car park opposite the Victoria Hall Ash Hill Road at 10.00 am.

We have decided  to add two more visits during the summer month’s  June, July. and one more in September.

Will need members of group with cars,and have space to give lifts when necessary.

The First and last visits of the year will be a Garden Centre

Last  year 2019 we have visited  Ramater Gardens,Loseley Park Spring Show & Summer Show, Lenardslee Lake, Savill Gardens.Kew Gardens,Parham House Gardens,The Scupture Park , Wisley Flower Show and the Lovely Woolbeding Gardens,

Leaders of group Peter Barker, Adrienne Evans , Jean Atwood.

If you would like to join the group, you will be always welcome.

Please contact us  gardenvisits@ashu3a.org.uk

or phone Peter 01252 344288, Adrienne 01252 333038

Day & Time: Monthly Last Friday of the Month as from February

Venue & Dates: See event list below

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28Feb2020
Welford Park Welford, Newbury RG20 8HU /         Conkers Garden Centre, London Road, Old Basing, RG24 7JL

Welford Park, or Conkers Garden Centre

Choice of two Venues

From 10.00am

At Ash Hill Road ,Car park. opposite Victoria Hall, Meeting now at 10.00am

Welford Park Welford, Newbury RG20 8HU / Conkers Garden Centre, London Road, Old Basing, RG24 7JL

Cost: Adults £8, Concessions £6,

( 44-57 Miles Travel Time 1 Hour

( Depending on Weather Conditions)

The Snowdrop Walk

The full snowdrop walk around the Beech Woods can take a fast walker 30 minutes but at a more sedate pace, enjoying the amazing spread and scent of the flowers and the formal garden, can take up to an hour or so.  There are also paths along the River Lambourn for you to enjoy.  There are special paths marked for pushchairs and wheelchairs users.  There is one section of river path however which we only allow walkers and access is through a kissing gate.  The river bridges in this section should be treated with respect.  They are quite safe if you are responsible crossing them.

The Old Laundry Tearoom & Heated Marquee

We have two spaces serving the same menu. The old Laundry tearoom and the heated marquee which is especially suitable for those with dogs and children as it is more spacious. Both Tearooms are open from 11:00 a.m. serving homemade cakes, scones, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and juices.  Lunches are served from 12:00 p.m.  We take great trouble to source locally what we cannot provide ourselves.

 

  (Miles 19-22 Travel Time 25 minutes)

Conkers Garden Centre

Conkers Garden Centre in Basingstoke is a family run centre that opened its doors in 1987. Trading from a much smaller building, it has over the past 30 years grown into a large, modern business, offering excellent quality and outstanding value. You will find a wonderful range of plants and gardening essentials as well as an extensive and interesting selection of homeware and gifts!

THE RIVERBANK TEA ROOM

The Riverbank Tea Room is open 9.15am -5.00pm Monday to Saturday, opening 10-15am -3.45pm on Sunday. Offering cooked breakfasts, brunches, lunches and afternoon teas. They have a huge selection of light bites and meals, followed by home baked cakes, cooked on the premises in the in-house patisserie, Patisserie Audrey! The Tea Room is located on the banks of the River Lyde, which is a beautiful chalk stream that rises only a few miles away You can sit on the patio and enjoy the tranquillity it brings, a great place to be when the sun is shining. 

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27Mar2020
Wisley Gardens, Wisley Ln, Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB

Wisley Gardens RHS

Wisley Gardens,

From 10.00

At Ash Hill Road ,Car park. opposite Victoria Hall, Meeting now at 10.00am

Wisley Gardens, Wisley Ln, Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB

Cost: Free for RHS Member and one Guest Non Member £14.95

 

(Miles 18-20 Travel Time 30 minutes)

 

The Royal Horticultural Society's garden at Wisley in the English county of Surrey south of London, is one of five gardens run by the Society

Located next to the village square, the Terrace Restaurant is the latest addition to the Taste of Wisley family. We offer a chic and unhurried lunch or afternoon tea, served at your table, using fresh produce from the Wisley gardens.

Hoping to see various spring flowers in bloom                

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24Apr2020
 Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AB

Arundel Castle Gardens

Arundel Castle Gardens

From 10.00

At Ash Hill Road ,Car park. opposite Victoria Hall, Meeting now at 10.00am

Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AB

Cost: TBA

(35-40 Miles Travel Time 1 hour)

 

An astonishing 38,000 tulips await at Arundel Castle Tulip Festival – one of the largest displays in the country. This annual springtime vision, set in the historic gardens of the medieval castle in West Sussex, gladdens the heart and heralds the promise of warmer weather and our longed-for summer. Exactly when the Arundel Castle tulips will be in full bloom – marking the start of the festival – is, of course, decided by Mother Nature.  Visitors will marvel at 70 different types of tulips, including rare and unusual varieties, and different tulips are introduced every year to refresh the display

                                                                                                           

                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

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22May2020
Greys Court (NT) Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4PG

Greys Court (NT)

Greys Court (NT)

From 10.00

At Ash Hill Road ,Car park. opposite Victoria Hall, Meeting 10.00

Greys Court (NT) Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4PG

Cost: Free to Member NT Non Member £12.50

(Miles 30 -33 Travel time 1 hour)

The gardens at Greys Court were virtually derelict when the Brunner family arrived in 1937. Lady Brunner in particular was keen to make a haven of tranquillity, which she wished to share with visitors. Why not come and be inspired by this garden, or take some quiet time to reflect?

Wisteria Walk Planted in the 1890s by the Stapletons, the gnarled, twisted wisteria is an early summer spectacle and a highlight for many visitors. 

 

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05Jun2020
Rowland Castle Flower Show, Stansted Park, Rowland's Castle PO9 6DX

Rowland Castle Flower Show

Rowland Castle Flower Show Stansted Park,

From TBA

At Ash Hill Road ,Car park. opposite Victoria Hall, Meeting time to be advised

Rowland Castle Flower Show, Stansted Park, Rowland's Castle PO9 6DX

Cost: TBA

(Miles 42 Travel Time 50 Minutes)

 A perfect event to find all you need for your garden (and home!) find out more about the show and the venue A great opportunity to explore what’s on the doorstep; source new talent, designers and artisans. Browse affordable and handpicked stands. With specialist plants, garden accessories, sculpture, art and fabulous food. find out more about our exhibitors Pick up top tips from horticultural experts to solve those frustrating gardening problems, meet the Garden Team and enjoy learning from ongoing cooking and craft demos. Plenty to engage your children too…. get crafting and learn new garden skills together; watch them play in the beautiful parklands and have fun.

 

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26Jun2020
West Dean Gardens, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0RX

West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens

From 10.00

At Ash Hill Road ,Car park. opposite Victoria Hall, Meeting

West Dean Gardens, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0RX

Cost: Garden World 2 for 1 £9.50 (2019 Price)

(Miles 34 -36 Travel Time 50 Minutes)

 

Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, West Dean Gardens in West Sussex is one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public today. Visitors can explore a wide range of historic features on a gentle walk around the grounds. From surreal trees to the restored walled garden, West Dean Gardens proudly presents its rich creative and social heritage. A stop in our Visit England-endorsed Restaurant and Gift Shop will complete every visit.

 

 

 

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10Jul2020
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens ,Jermyns Ln, Ampfield, Romsey SO51 0QA

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

From 10.00

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens ,Jermyns Ln, Ampfield, Romsey SO51 0QA

Cost: £10.20 (2019 Price)

(Miles 41 -50 Travel Time 55 minutes)

The award-winning Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is famous the world over. In 1977 Sir Harold left the Gardens under the sole trusteeship of Hampshire County Council. It is now run as a charity under the remit of horticulture, conservation, education and recreation. Among its outstanding features are the splendour of the seasonal planting displays set in 180 acres.

 

 

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24Jul2020
Loseley Park, Guildford GU3 1HS

Loseley Garden Show

Loseley Garden Show

From 10.00

At Ash Hill Road ,Car park. opposite Victoria Hall, Meeting 10.00

Loseley Park, Guildford GU3 1HS

Cost: TBA

(Miles 9 Travel time 20 Minutes)

Art, Design, Your Garden & Home ... & You.

The Garden Show at Loseley Park returns in 2020 for the 9th year and is set to take place right in front of beautiful Loseley House and Gardens. There will be a wide range of exhibitors with a variety of wares and products to enhance your home, garden and life.  There is something for everyone! So, take some time out and treat yourself and the family and join us at the show.

 

 

 

 

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21Aug2020
Mottisfont  Abbey  Mottisfont Ln, Romsey SO51 0LP (NT)

Mottisfont Abbey

Mottisfont Abbey NT

From 10.00

At Ash Hill Road ,Car park. opposite Victoria Hall, Meeting 10.00am

Mottisfont Abbey Mottisfont Ln, Romsey SO51 0LP (NT)

Cost: Free Member NT non Member TBA

 ( Miles 45-50 Travel Time 1 hour)

Mottisfont Abbey is a historical priory and country estate in Hampshire, England. Sheltered in the valley of the River Test, the property is now operated by the National Trust. About 350,000 people visit each year Ancient trees, babbling brooks a nd rolling lawns frame Mottisfont's 18th-century house with a medieval priory at its heart. The most beautiful Rose Garden in Britain

 

 

 

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11Sep2020
(RHS) Wisley Gardens, Wisley Ln, Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB (RHS)

(RHS) Wisley Gardens

(RHS) Wisley Gardens Flower Show

From 9.30am

At Ash Hill Road ,Car park. opposite Victoria Hall, Meeting note 9.30

(RHS) Wisley Gardens, Wisley Ln, Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB (RHS)

Cost: Free Members RHS and One Guest Non Member TBA

(Miles 18-20 Travel Time 30 minutes)

Marvel at this floral extravaganza with top quality plants and garden goodies for sale at this flagship RHS garden. Expert advice on offer and browse RHS Chelsea and Hampton Flower Show medal winners displays as well as enjoying the floral display by the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies and the National Dahlia Society. Includes access to the already wonderful gardens at Wisley with richly planted borders, luscious rose gardens and the state-of-the-art Glasshouse. Lovely gift shop and restaurant.

 

 

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25Sep2020
Vyne (NT)  Vyne Rd, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL

Vyne (NT)

Vyne (NT)

From 10.00

At Ash Hill Road ,Car park. opposite Victoria Hall, Meeting now at 10.00am

Vyne (NT) Vyne Rd, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL

Cost: Free NT Members Non Members TBA

(Miles 26 Travel Time 40 Minutes)

The Vyne is a 16th-century estate and country house outside Sherborne St John near Basingstoke in Hampshire, England. It is a Grade I listed building. Walk around the lovely grounds. Interesting house. Nice cafe

 

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30Oct2020
Forest Lodge next to Bird World A325 Holt Pound Farnham. GU10 4LD

Forest Lodge Garden Centre

Forest Lodge Garden Centre

From 10.00

At Ash Hill Road ,Car park. opposite Victoria Hall, Meeting now at 10.00am

Forest Lodge next to Bird World A325 Holt Pound Farnham. GU10 4LD

(Miles 8 Travel time 20 minutes)   

 

Our last visit of season

Forest Lodge Garden Centre is part of a family business that includes the adjacent attractions of Birdworld and Garden Style. Open 7 days a week from 9am to 5.30pm except for Sundays when it opens at 10.30am, this place has it all, a treasure trove of a departmental store specialising in garden plants, garden furniture, tools and equipment of course, but also selling tempting many quality household items, toys and books and a lot more besides. But it is the splendid restaurant that warrants special mention. Garden Centre opening times allow for late breakfast, lunch and early tea but you can dine at any time.

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If you are interested in finding out more about us, please contact our Membership Secretary, Gay Buckingham, on 01252 656210,  or use our Contact Form , who will provide you with membership details. Click here to download a copy of the Membership Application Form.