Coach trip Monday 22 nd April 2024
The Society's first trip of the year is to Chenies Manor Tulip Festival. The coach departs Eastcote at 12.15 pm and will return by 5 pm. The cost to cover the coach travel and entrance to the gardens and tulip festival is £27. There is the option to join a guided tour of the Manor House, built in 1460, for an extra £5, making the total cost £32.
Places are limited so please reply as soon as possible. Booking closes 31 st March.
Full details and booking form are here: Information & booking form
Coach trip 2023
The Society arranged a coach trip for Saturday 22 April to visit RHS Hyde Hall Gardens. The weather was better than forecast, with sunshine and only a light breeze. As Hyde Hall is on a hill you can feel the wind when it blows, so we were very lucky.
Our trip coincided with the Spring Plant Fair in the grounds. Two large marquees were used for the plant stalls, some art work and a couple of talks during the day.
The tulips were at their best, hellebores in full bloom and we caught the end of the camellia flowers. On every visit there seems to be a new development at this site. I don't remember seeing the Winter Garden and Birch Grove previously. All the areas look well kept and the plant name tags are useful when considering which to have at home.
Some of the group bought plants from growers at the Spring Plant Fair and the RHS Plant Centre to finish off the day.
Coach Trip 2022
The coach trip to RHS Wisley went smoothly on Saturday 23 April 2022. We had sold all the places on the trip well in advance but as the coach company provided a larger coach on the day everyone had room to spread out. The weather was kind to us with warm sunshine despite a breeze in open places.
The rhododendrons and camellias were putting on a good show alongside some late flowering magnolias on Battleston Hill. The Alpine Houses were full of colour and the planting in that area is beautiful. The new planting around the Hilltop Centre has developed well and looking very natural. Great views from the Sky Terrace across the gardens and beyond.
The Plant Centre tempted some of our members to bring back some goodies for their own gardens. A good way to finish off the day.
Coach Trip 2019
Our first trip for 2019 took place on 27 April and was to a new destination, The Savill Garden. Created in the 1930s, and constantly evolving, there are 35 acres of beautifully designed gardens and woodland. It was a blustery day which seemed to keep the crowds away, and we were the only coach in the park. We enjoyed the Garden and our group also took shelter in The Savill Garden Kitchen restaurant and the Cafe. With floor to ceiling windows you sit with a cuppa whilst looking out at the Garden.
The Savill Garden Gift Shop and plant selection was also visited by some of the group. I saw a beautiful climbing rose come back on the coach with us.
As part of Windsor Great Park the energetic ones in the party were able to stretch their legs on walks around Virginia Water, the Valley Garden, had refreshments in the Village Store garden, took in the views of Windsor Castle from the Copper Horse and had any cobwebs blown away.
Some of us were a little sleepy on the return journey to Eastcote.
2nd coach Trip - Waddesdon Manor
The Society had a second coach trip to Waddesdon Manor on September 28th 2019. One coach was accompanied by a minibus from St Vincent's Nursing Home so wheel chair users could also join us. We had a look at the treasures inside the house and around the grounds with the sculptures and aviary.
Waddesdon Manor is home to the Rothschild Collections of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts.
Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild was fascinated by 18th century France. He used a French architect who created rooms using wall panels taken from Parisian houses of the 1700s. As a family, the Rothschilds were the greatest collectors, seeking the highest quality workmanship and with a keen sense of historical importance. It certainly is an impressive estate. Some of us sampled the delights of the tea room during our visit too.
see the History page for reports and pictures from more coach trips.
Members of the EHS are welcome to join the Ruislip Central Horticultural Society meetings. There is a small charge to cover the cost of speakers.
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