Outings and Events 


Update on Meetings and Visits

Given the current high levels of Covid and the uncertainty of Omicron outcomes at the moment, we felt it best to cancel January's meeting and postpone our AGM and Quiz to February 10th, provided that Covid numbers have reduced. The plan is then to resume Speaker meetings from March 10th. In the meantime, we are offering the following garden visit:

Tue 8 February 2022, Camerton Court, Camerton, Near Bath BA2 0PU

Cost £13.00 to include refreshments and arriving in our own cars for 10 a.m.

Designed by Repton in the 19th century, Camerton Court has a wonderful 20 acre garden where the display of early snowdrops will delight us as they grow along a natural valley and pop up around the banks of the spring fed streams.

Our hostess Julieann will greet us on arrival and the gardener will be in attendance to answer our questions and add to the occasion; after the walk, we will be treated to a warming cup of coffee/tea and a nibble on a biscuit or two in the Orangery, which will be well ventilated.  The gravel paths are a little tricky at times and the usual social distancing, masks and hand gel apply to one and all in these days of ‘dodge the Covid.’ We are limited to a maximum of 20 in the group so it will be a case of first come first served with a reserve list to fill those last minute gaps that may appear. For an application form scroll down to the bottom of this screen.


In the summer months we managed to make a number of visits to fabulous local gardens. In June we visited Stoberry Park with breath-taking views over the City of Wells and the Vale of Avalon, walled garden, ponds, wildflower meadow, sunken garden, potager, lime walk and plenty of benches to sit and relax. In July we were once again welcomed by James Cross at the Bishop's Palace Garden and wandered about on a beautiful summer's evening. In August Simon Tudway Quilter kindly agreed to allow our club exclusive access to the 5 acre garden on the lower slopes of the Mendips. There were some interesting walks into the arboretum, along the terraces, herbaceous borders, rose beds and swimming pool with splendid views of the City of Wells. In September we saw Yeo Valley Garden In Blagdon. In October we managed to visit Lady Farm at Chelwood, which was a treat. And in December we were treated to enjoying the festive Bishops Palace and illuminated gardens.


We had lots of plans for this year but then... the Pandemic got in the way.  In January we held our AGM with a quiz, raffle and refreshments. In February we met again and listened to a talk by Alan Power from Stourhead: "A Journey Through Great Gardens". Our last actual meeting before the Corona Pandemic happened was on March 12, when we were treated to a talk by Andrew Tolman from the Walled Gardens of Cannington and Greencombe in Somerset on the subject of "Stumperies, Ferns and Shady Friends".   The meetings from April 2020 until the end of the year had to be cancelled. We missed out in April on the subject of "GreenDaffodils and Wonderful Weeds" - a plant tour of Morocco by Rosemary Fitzgerald. In April we would have also made a garden visit to the Walled Gardens of Cannington and Greencombe near Porlock.  For May we had planned a meeting with a talk by wildlife photographer Colin Varndell about "The Hedghog Predicament" and we sadly had to shelf plans for a garden visit to The Shute House in Donhead St Mary, Stogumber Open Gardens in the Quantocks, Kiftsgate Court and Deans Court in Wimbourne Minster in Dorset.  We were very sad that we could not welcome Nick Bailey of Gardeners' World to hear him talk to us in September. We also had to cancel Christine Stones talking about "Gardens of the First World War" and Julie Henderson ending our year with "The Twelve Plants of Christmas".