Reminder – Thursday 8th June – Coach Trip to Dewstow Gardens, Caldicott and Pan Global Plants, Frampton

Our next coach trip is just 3 weeks away when we head off to South Wales and Gloucestershire.

Our first stop will be at the Dewstow Gardens where, at the end of the 19th century, a director of the GWR took over the estate and indulged his interest in the growing and cultivation of ferns, tropical flowers and plants. However shortly after World War 2 the original gardens completely disappeared under tonnes of spoil from a nearby road development.

It was not until 2000 that the current owners began discovering the full extent of the original layout with a labyrinth of tunnels, underground grottoes and sunken ferneries which had been buried for more than 50 years. The garden is full of variety and has interesting planting. In many places water adds a special touch with pools and streams, waterfalls and fountains, ponds and rills.

We travel on to visit the nursery Pan Global Plants who hardly need any introduction. For well over two decades they have been supplying gardeners, collectors, arboreta and public gardens with one of the most inspiring and desirable collections of plants available in the UK. Every variety is chosen and vetted by Nick Macer, owner and well-known plantsman/plant explorer, who has travelled the temperate world extensively for inspiration. Here ‘rare’ and ‘unusual’ are used in the true sense of the words.

The coach leaves from Taunton (at 8.30 tbc) and wlll stop to pick up at Clevedon. We should be back in Taunton by 6.00pm. The cost is £22. To book please contact Penny Berry or phone: 01278 662720. For any other information about the trip please contacct Kate Harris

On 13th July we will be visiting Hardy’s Plants and Spring Pond Garden near Andover and it would be helpful if you would book these visits at the same time. Further information cant be found on the programme page on the website