The following is a summary of visits and events updated as of the 2nd April 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.

We are looking for someone to assist in delivering the 2018 events and visits.  Should you wish to help please contact Dr Twigs Way at

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MARCH  17 Saturday  10-4 pm

Study Day  at Hemingford Abbots Village Hall, High Street, PE28 9AH.

Topics to include (to be confirmed) : The Elizabethan Water Garden at Gorhambury with Dr Twigs Way, Hobson’s Conduit, Cambridge, The Jellicoe Water Gardens at Hemel Hempstead.

Cost: £25 Members, £30 guests including coffee on arrival and 2-course lunch.

APRIL  24 Tuesday 10.45-12.30 am 

Trinity College, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TQ.

Coffee on arrival and Tour by Head Gardener, Tom Hooijenga. Spring bulb displays along the Cam.

Cost: £7 members, £8 guests to include coffee. Max group size 20.


 May  12 Saturday 2-5.30 pm

Thenford Arboretum, Nr Banbury, Oxon OX17 2BX

Introduction and self-guided tour.  The Arboretum houses 3500 varieties of trees and shrubs, set in 70 acres.  Medieval fish ponds, an 18th century walled garden and lakes.  Walkways and paths,  some rough terrain. Refreshments available in Church Barn.

Tickets in short supply, please help by booking early with payment, names of visitors and car registrations, all required prior to visit.

Cost:  £13 members, £15 guests.

June  21 Thursday 10.30—1 pm  

Easton Walled Gardens, Easton, Grantham, Lincs NG33 5AP

Refreshments on arrival with 20 minute introduction and history  by the owner, Lady Cholmeley. Tearoom serves light lunches.  Sweet pea collection, gardens and country walk.

Cost: £11 members, £13 guests. No concessions for RHS/HAA members.

July  12 Thursday 6.30-9.30 pm

The Manor House, Church Rd, Stevington, Beds MK43 7QB

An evening visit with garden tour by owner, Kathy Brown. Refreshments 8 pm on lawn to include tea/coffee and for example, rose petal cake.  Climbing Roses, herbaceous borders, art gardens, cottage garden, wild flower meadow in 4.5 acres.

Directions: Turn by Red Lion PH, along Church Rd for 350 yards, turn left into Manor House drive, parking in field, toilets at house entrance.  Meet in  conservatory.

Cost: Members £11, guests £12, includes tour and refreshments.

August 15   Wednesday   11-1 pm

2a Nine Chimneys Lane, Balsham, CB21 4ES, an NGS garden.

Refreshments on arrival  with tour by owners Mr & Mrs Jim and Hilary Potter.

Two acres  with 1500 trees including a Music Maze  in the shape of a treble clef. Gravel garden, paved areas in the shape of French horns, alpine garden, duck pond, wild flower meadow, orchard and modern sculptures.

In centre of Balsham just off High Street, parking in High Street or Church car park.

Cost: Members £6, Guests £7.

September  Dates and events to be notified.

Celebrations of 20th anniversary of CGT.

October 3 Wednesday 11 – 1 pm 

Docwras Manor Garden,2 Meldreth Rd,  Shepreth, Royston, SG8 6PS

A narrow garden oasis between A10 and main railway line converted from a farmyard. Different areas with variety of plants for ideas for home planting.

No refreshments but Teacake tea room next door, and The Plough pub close by.

Cost: Members £6, Guests £7.

November  10  Saturday 10.30 – 1.30 pm

AGM Fen Drayton Village Hall, CB24 4SL. Coffee on arrival, AGM from 11 am. Talk from 11.30 followed by lunch (£5).

December (Friday 7 or 14)

Cambridge college (to be confirmed) 10 – 12.30. Coffee, lecture (one hour), seasonal refreshments. Speaker: Paul Rabbitts, Head of Parks for Watford Borough Council and Author. Topic: Bandstands – History, Decline and Revival, from mid-18th century to WW2.

Bandstands – History, Decline and Revival
A talk on the history of the Bandstand, from their origins in the mid-18th century to their heyday during the Victorian park making era, and their subsequent decline post World War Two. This is an illustrated talk that follows this fascinating history and the recent revival of the bandstand in our public parks

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Have you visited a garden you think members would enjoy?  Suggestions for future visits in 2109 welcome.