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Woodborough Horticultural Society
A Trip Down Memory Lane
During the summer months the Society has always organised a day trip to various gardens, usually no further than two hours away. On the day of the event, a queue would form up outside the Four Bells usually at nine o’clock in the morning. Those who intended to picnic came with their bags of sandwiches, cake and other goodies. Others usually dined or snacked at the café or restaurant where we would be visiting.
I don’t think I have ever known any of the coaches to turn up late. We would all pile in and enjoy a leisurely journey to the assigned garden. The coach would be full of chatter in eager anticipation. As far as I can recollect we have only once had to give directions to a coach driver and that was on our visit to Renishaw Hall in 2010. After going along umpteen country lanes in north east Derbyshire, it was evident we were lost. After a few voices at the back of the coach we eventually reached out destination. Sat nav hadn’t really got off the ground then but even so, one would have expected a coach driver to have done his homework.
On the whole I think the weather has always been kind to us, although the visit to the first RHS Show at Chatsworth in 2017 proved to be a very muddy affair. First time efforts are usually fraught with mishaps but the weather hadn’t helped either. Lessons were learnt by the RHS after that maiden event. Our visit to Tatton Gardens way back in 1999 was at the other end of the scale. It was a very hot day though compared today’s extremes, it was probably quite cool!
We have visited a variety of privately owned gardens, horticultural shows, RHS gardens, and botanical gardens. In 2001 we visited the organic gardens of Ryton just as organic growing was taking off. We have visited the botanical gardens of Birmingham and Sheffield, RHS Harlow Carr where we should have made a return visit this year but for COVID-19. We have visited two gardens which were landscaped by Dutch garden designer, Piet Oudolf and not forgetting Geoff Hamilton’s garden at Barnsdale. We visited Anglesey Abbey in 2011 and viewed the stunning winter garden in summer! Who can forget the ducks, flamingos and hens which accompanied us around the gardens of Coton Manor in Northant’s.
If I have to pick a favourite garden, it would be Burton Agnes, in East Yorkshire, not far from Bridlington. The large walled garden was absolutely stunning. It held a vegetable garden, an orchard, bundles of roses, sweet peas, delphiniums and a garden games area.
It is usually 4 p.m. when we leave any day event but of course we wouldn’t be a gardening society if we left without purchasing plants and shrubs. Such items were put safely in the luggage compartment to be collected when we were dropped off at the Four Bells. The coach was usually much quieter on our return and here and there one would see the odd person having a well-earned snooze. A happy day was had by all.
Scampston.e Walled Garden
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