The following is a summary of visits and events updated as of the 4th March 2017.  All information on times and prices will be detailed in the next newsletter for ticket booking. Please book as soon as possible as venues frequently require a month’s notice on numbers for group tours and refreshments.

Our theme for 2017 is Walled Gardens.

Tues 11 April. 10.45 – 1.30. Visit to Christ’s College, Cambridge. Coffee on arrival. Entrance opposite Taxi rank in St Andrew’s Street. Tour by Head Gardener, Sergio Ballarin followed by optional viewing of Darwin exhibition in the Library. £5 members, £6 guests.
Thurs 18 May. 11.00 – 12.30. Visit to Ryston Hall, nr Downham Market, PE38 0AA. Mixed garden of rhododendrons and azaleas, walled garden under restoration. Coffee on arrival included. Tour by David Brown. £9 members, £10 guests. Lunch suggestion: The Hare Arms, PE34 3HT. (not booked as group).
Thurs 18 May, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm, Visit to Stow Bardolph Hall PE34 3HU (close to Ryston Hall). Garden tour/tea and home-made cakes included. , £8 members, £9 guests.
Wed 14 June. 6.30 pm. An evening visit to Childerley Hall, Dry Drayton. CB23 8BA (signed from flyover Cambourne exit. £12 members, £14 guests to include tour and light refreshments. By kind invitation of CGT member Chloe Jenkins.
Wed 12 July, 10.45-1 pm. Visit to Kelmarsh Hall.NN6 9LY (Use 9LX for satnav). Walled garden tour 11.30-12.0, £9 members, £10 guests to include entrance and tour. Refreshments available.. Afternoon to further explore garden.
Thurs 10 August. 11.00 – 1.00 pm. Visit to Holkham Hall, Norfolk with Guided tour of walled garden. . £7.50 members/£8.50 guests includes entrance and tour. Refreshments available. Hall open afternoon (extra cost).
Tues 22 August 10.45-12.30 Visit to Clare College Fellows’ Garden with tour by Head Gardener, Steve Elstub. Details to follow.
Wed 13 September – event to be arranged.
Tues 10 October 10.30pm, Visit to Wimpole Hall Estate with group tour of walled garden by Head Gardener Philip Whaites at 11.15. Afternoon free for Estate walk and visit to Hall. National Trust members free with membership card, non-NT members £15.30 payment to Alan in advance.
Sat 11 November AGM Fen Drayton Village Hall, Arr for coffee 10.30, AGM 11 am, Talk 11.30 followed by lunch (£5), Presentation by Pippa & Steve Temple on ‘The Emperor and his Garden – Where there’s a will there’s a way’.
Fri 8 December, 09.45 – 12.30 pm. Christmas Lecture at St John’s College, St John’s Street, Cambridge CB2 1TP. Refreshments in the Divinity School with lecture in the Lightfoot Room. Entrance opposite The Great Gate. Lecture by Professor Jim Endersby, Reader in the History of Science, School of History, Art History and Philosophy, University of Sussex. The Plant Hunters. Followed by seasonal refreshments. Members £13, Guests.£16.
Tickets available from Alan Brown, 239 High Street, Offord Cluny, St Neots PE19 5RT. Tel: 01480 811947. Email: Cheques payable to Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust. To avoid disappointment, please book at least 2 weeks before visit. Should you need to cancel a booking please advise Alan as early as possible.

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Have you visited a garden you think members would enjoy?  Suggestions for future visits in 2108 welcome.