We had a most enjoyable visit, fortunately the weather staying fine although a little cool. The various garden areas provided us with lots to see, taking in the history of the gardens and the continuing work to further improve the visitor experience. In fact, the extensive surrounding parkland included some magnificent trees. I hope you like the images included in this post which include the Chinese Dairy, the Bog Garden, The Pavilion and Rockery and the Hornbeam Maze. (The Maze includes one of our well known members who reached the centre point……. think he was on the coach home! Hope those who went along on this visit had a good day.
This year’s Spring Show will be held on Sunday 9th April from 1pm to 3.30pm at Lowdham Village Hall. Entries need to be in between 9.30am and 11.30am. The schedule can be downloaded by clinking the link to the right. Please come along and join us to see a wonderful show of spring flowers, floral art and paintings. Refreshments will be served in the afternoon. Entry is £1.50 for adults with children free.
Our next talk is on Thursday 30th March, 7.30pm at the WI Hall, Lowdham. We will be revisited by Janette Merilion, a well known horticultural lecturer and historian with a successful garden design business based in central Lincolnshire. Janette’s talk, ‘The Sensual Garden’, explores the concept that a garden should be inviting, attracting you inside and appealing to all of your senses. Plants that are perfumed, sounds that are musical and even the spiritual feeling of a garden can be created with the right design and imaginative planting. All are welcome and there is a small charge of £3 to non-members.
COACH TRIP TO WOBURN ABBEY GARDENS
I already have 49 people signed up to go on our trip to Woburn on Sunday 4th June, so please can I have payment in by the end of March. This way I can offer any spaces to people on the waiting list. The cost of the trip is £20 to members and £25 to non members.
EVENING VISIT TO THE ECHIUM GARDEN, EDWINSTOWE
We are following up the very interesting talk on echiums by Linda and Ray Heywood, with an evening visit to the Echium Garden at 7pm on Wednesday 17th May. We will be given a short talk about the history of Edwinstowe House and the garden, a tour of the garden and refreshments. The cost of the visit will be £5 for members and £8 for non-members. Again all are welcome, but you need to sign up and pay me beforehand, as they need numbers in advance.
If you would like more details, don’t hesitate to contact me via the website.
Our first talk of 2017 is at 7.30pm on Thursday 23rd February at the WI Hall, Lowdham. We will be visited by Linda Heywood from Echium World at Edwinstowe, who will share with us her love of growing and caring for echiums in ‘Land of the Giants’. We plan to follow up this talk with an evening visit during the summer to see their national collection of echiums. All are welcome and there is a small charge of £3 to non-members.
COACH TRIP TO WOBURN ABBEY GARDENS
After an excellent talk in December from Martin Towsey, the Estates Garden Manager, will be visiting the Abbey and Gardens at Woburn, Bedfordshire, on Sunday 4th June, We will be leaving from Lowdham at approximately 9am and travelling there by coach, where we can spend time visiting the Abbey and gardens, relaxing with a picnic or enjoying a spot of lunch in the Duchess’ Tea Room!
All are welcome and the cost of the trip is £20 to members and £25 to non members. This price covers both the transport and entry to the gardens and abbey. We are keeping our fingers crossed for a lovely sunny day.
If you would like more details or to join us, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Many apologies for the delay in publishing details of an excellent talk which was given by Martin Towsey who is the Woburn Abbey Estate Garden Manager, being responsible to the Duke and Duchess of Bedfordshire. Martin took us through his career which actually started with Nottingham City Council Parks and Gardens Department, (back in the halcyon days of municipal parks and gardens), together with training at Brackenhurst College. He told us about the work being carried out to restore gardens and associated structures to the original layouts and designs. These include the Chinese Dairy, Bog Garden, Kitchen Garden, Camelia House, Hornbeam Maze, Rockery & Pavilion and so many more. Martin and his team of gardeners are also responsible for the Woburn parkland, Safari park, Golf course, Hotel grounds and interestingly the parks and gardens which form part of the Bedfordshire Estate in London. Altogether a most interesting talk for all those Society members and visitors present. We hope to have a coach trip to Woburn and all it encompasses on Sunday 4th June 2017. This should be a most rewarding visit.
Our next talk is on Thursday 15th December, which we plan to follow up with a visit to Woburn next June. Join us for a mince pie and glass of wine and to listen to Martin share his knowledge and passion for the gardens and estate. All are welcome with a charge of £4 to non-members. Note the change of venue – Lowdham Community Building, off Old Tannery Drive.