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GARDENS GROUP 2017

Welcome to new and existing members of the Group. I’m writing this on one the wettest days this year/winter but plants are springing into life; daffodils, snowdrops, camellias and miscari are all out. I shall try to arrange roughly one visit per month between March and September. I am choosing a mixture of days, where I can, to try and be helpful, but I know that whatever I choose it won’t be convenient for everyone, similarly for venues. We go whatever the weather forecast, we’ve a pretty good record, even during wet years.

See below for a summary of the first four visits for this season. All the details can be found in the Newsletter here.

I hope there is something here to interest you. When it comes to directions, I give those from the Yellow Book or the appropriate website, the postcode and the map reference, so don’t blame me if you get lost!

This year I’ve managed to arrange parking at The Toby Inn, Middlemoor, they couldn’t take us last year. It is £1 per car and there is a loo if you slip quietly in. Parking is in the rear car park, off Rydon Lane not off the Sidmouth Road. The H bus and Sidmouth buses go out to Middlemoor. According to Google it’s a 12 min walk from Sowton and Digby Station.

As usual I’ve got lots of ideas for visits and I’ve tried to bear in mind that many of you say you like having a house to see as well. Not always possible though.

Anne

Visits for 2017

Friday 31st March

Wood Barton, Kentisbeare, EX15 2AT OS192 055090

Meet at 14.30 by the entrance. 8m SE of Tiverton, 3m E of Cullompton. 3m from M5 J28. A373 Cullompton to Honiton. 2m L to Bradfield/Willand, Horn Rd. After 1m at Xrds turn R. Farm drive ½m on L. Bull on sign.

Entrance including tea and cake, £6.
This is a visit just for us so please let me know if you intend to come.

Friday 21st April

Castle Hill Gardens Filleigh EX32 0RH OS 180 662278

Meet at 11.30 at the entrance. http://www.castlehilldevon.co.uk/
Leave the A361 (North Devon Link Road) at roundabout signed South Molton onto B3226. Take second turning right signed Stags Head and Filleigh. Shortly after passing through Stags Head, look out for the yellow mansion on the right. Follow the brown sign and drive through gates on the right hand bend and continue towards house. For gardens, turn left at small crossroads signed 'Parking for Gardens'.

Entrance is £6 unless you are an RHS Member when it is free as a Partner Garden in April.
Please let me know if you intend to come.

Thursday 11th May

Bowood House and Gardens Calne Wiltshire

http://www.bowood.org/bowood-house-gardens/

This is a visit by coach. We will leave the car park at The Toby Inn at 08.30 returning around 18.00 hrs. The coach company is Dartline.

There is a lot more about the house on the website. I have booked an hour long tour of the house for our group. There is a restaurant as well as a café.
Coach is £14.20 and entrance and house tour is £14.50. Please therefore, send me a cheque for £28.70 made payable to the University of Exeter. Please check first that places are available.

Thurday 22nd June

South Wood Farm Cotleigh EX14 9HU

Meet at 14.00hrs at the entrance.

3m NE of Honiton. From Honiton head N on A30, take 1st R past Otter Dairy layby. Follow for 1m. Go straight over Xrds and take first L. Entrance after 1m on R. £5 + £3 for (a very good) tea and cake. This is owned by a fellow academic with a very good Head Gardener!

This is another visit arranged just for us so I need a minimum of 15 for it to go ahead. Please let me know if you intend to come.

July, August and September visits are still being arranged.

For all visits please let me know by email first. a.c.mayes@exeter.ac.uk



Reports for 2017

Reports for visits this year will appear here.

For details please contact Anne Mayes.

To see reports of past events, please go to the Newsletters and Archives page, where you will find links to pdf files for previous years.