Outings and Events 


2021

We are planning to enjoy ourselves as soon as it is possible and permitted again and have made plans:


Garden Visit to Stoberry House and Gardens in Wells

10 June 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

We will be making our own way by car to Stoberry Park, where our hostess Frances will greet us to give a brief introductory talk before showing us to the Walled Garden, after which refreshment will be served. With breathtaking views over the City of Wells and the Vale of Avalon, ponds, wildflower meadow, sunken garden, potager, lime walk and plenty of benches on which to rest and relax, this is just what we need to 'blow away the cobwebs'. 

£10 to include unlimited tea or coffee and a lovely piece of cake, to register click on 'Download' at the bottom of the screen to upload a booking form which you can print at home.


Garden Visit to Bishop's Palace Gardens in Wells

22 July 2021 at 7 p.m.

Once again, James Cross has very kindly invited us for a soiree in the beautiful surroundings of the Bishop's Palace where we will enjoy refreshments of wine and soft drink provided by the Club before wandering the grounds on a summer evening, enjoying all that it has to offer.  This event is free for members.


Garden Visit to Milton Lodge Gardens, Milton Lane, Wells BA5 3AQ

26 August at 10:30 a.m.

There is a book entitled Secret Gardens of Somerset in which Milton Lodge is described as 'having an evergreen appeal'  and the link with Wells provided by the Tudway Quilter family, who are in residence, goes back as far as 1678. Simon Tudway Quilter has kindly agreed to allow the club exclusive access to the 5 acre gardens, which command splendid views of the City of Wells. 

Set on the lower slopes of the Mendips, there are some interesting walks into the arboretum, along the terraces, on up past herbaceous borders, by the rose beds and swimming pool; with plenty of benches on which to rest, this gives us another opportunity to meet fellow club members in lovely surroundings. As before this year, we will be making our own way there and once Simon has given an introductory talk we will be free to wander and may even come across David Milnes the head gardener. To book for for this event please scroll down to the bottom of this screen.     £8 which also includes refreshments.


The following meetings are held at Wells Town Hall on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., guests are welcome.

9 September 2021

Green Daffodils & Wonderful Weeds - Plants of Morocco', by Rosemary Fitzgerald


14 October 2021

'Gardening in a Changing Climate: How to Future Proof Your Garden', by Sue Fisher


11th November 2021

''The Hedgehog Predicament' , by Colin Varndell


2020


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".
Booking forms for garden visits.pdf