We had a most rewarding visit by coach to the 12 acres of walled ‘perfumed’ gardens located south of Grantham. On arrival, as can be seen in the first image we were given a ‘potted’ history of the reinstatement of the important gardens which have been in the custody of the Cholmeley family since 1592. We were free to wander around the beautiful gardens and parkland at our leisure. At this time of year, the numerous rows and varieties of sweet peas looked stunning as well as some having a wonderful fragrance. The colourful flower borders and vegetable garden provided lots of interest and plants to consider for our own gardens. The terraces, yew tunnel, cedar meadow, bird viewing area, ornamental bridge and start of the River Witham (which eventually runs through Lincoln) enabled us to fill our time. We, (some more than others!) were replenished by lovely cakes, scones and cream, light lunches and hot and cold drinks. Altogether it was an enjoyable, relaxing and sociable visit, with the weather staying fine, apart from a very heavy rain shower as the coach picked up three passengers in Bingham! So, thank you once again to Nicola for her organisational skills and the committee for approving the visit.