Visits, Walks and Talks

Visit to a Sculptor's Garden in Eyam, Derbyshire

Our events team provides us with some wonderful experiences., organising visits to gardens less well known, perhaps very rarely opened. 

On these visits, often it is the owner or head gardener who will show us round.  Hearing the stories behind the garden provides a whole new dimension to the visitor experience. It's not surprising that our summer garden visits are very popular. Our regular Newsletter includes short reports about visits and also winter talks and will give you a better idea of the range of events. Members are also encouraged to contribute text and photos for these.Please look through our Newsletter archive and you will be able to read all about these fantastic events.

Yes, we are arranging some long-awaited garden visits!  
The Events Group is pleased to let you know at last of some forthcoming garden visits and a social event! For more than twelve months we have not been able to meet up either on garden visits or at our winter series of talks. The zoom talks have been very successful and we are hoping to organize a further series next winter. But we would all love to return to our lovely garden visits over the summer months.
On Saturday 14th August we are excited to arrange a social for members with a return visit to Sandymere,Cotebrook, John Timpson’s beautiful garden, visited in 2016. Many thanks to John Timpson and CGT member and Head Gardener, Rachel Pemberton for enabling this welcome event to take place. 
We have also arranged to visit Sue Beesley’s lovely Bluebell Cottage Gardens on Wednesday 8th September at 2 pm The garden which opens under the National Open Gardens scheme is described as a south facing garden wrapping around Bluebell Cottage (Sue’s home) in a quiet rural lane in the heart of Cheshire. It is packed with thousands of rare and familiar herbaceous perennials, shrubs and trees, a real feast- and there is an adjacent nursery and a wildflower meadow!
As you will acknowledge, we have been very conscious of the need to ensure that these visits, whilst enjoyable, take place in a healthy and safe manner.  We are mindful of government advice and urge you all to take personal responsibility in relation to social distancing, and the availability of personal  face masks and sanitisers if required .

We are all so thrilled with the recent opening of RHS Bridgewater and many of you have been privileged to have made an early visit in advance of the increased bookings over the summer months. The Events Group had hoped to arrange a CGT guided group visit to Bridgewater in October. However we are so sorry to report that we are still in the process of negotiating the arrangements and cannot provide booking details at this time. We are also exploring the possibility of links between the Cheshire Gardens Trust and RHS Bridgewater. In view of this, we wish to postpone the group visit until the spring of 2022 when RHS Bridgewater should be more developed and less busy than it is at the current time. We apologise for the postponement, and we hope that those of you who have not yet visited RHS Bridgewater are not too disappointed.

We hope you continue to have a lovely summer of visiting beautiful gardens and we look forward to meeting you soon. And, as we always say, do book early to avoid disappointment.
 All best wishes from the Events Team   

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Wednesday 8th September, 2.00 pm
Group Visit to Bluebell Cottage Gardens

Wednesday 8<sup>th</sup> September, 2.00 pm<div style='margin: 5px 0px;'><span>Group Visit to Bluebell Cottage Gardens<span></div>

Lodge Lane, Dutton, Nr Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 4HP

Our first visit for Autumn 2021  The garden wraps around Bluebell Cottage, with winding paths enticing the visitor to explore its many different sections. From the nursery, you will enter the garden through the productive orchard, under sown with a pretty wildflower meadow.

At the top of the garden, modern perennial planting draws the eye across wide borders. Do stop and peer through the hedge at the top of the garden to look for canal boats. The newly extended gravel garden is packed with bright, drought-resistant plants enjoying the sunshine. The large pond, nestling in the centre of the garden is often overlooked as it is very informally planted, but it's a wildlife haven for frogs, newts and damselflies.

Through a little arch the exotic garden beckons, rich in late summer with bold foliage and bright colours. Beyond lies the cottage veg plot, neatly set out in smart box hedges.

Finally, the little shady garden offers a quiet still space to hide away for a while and just listen to the bird song around you.
The nursery stocks over 700 perennials, all reasonably priced. There is an opportunity for mail order.

Please note that some paths are uneven and need suitable footwear, with a couple of areas unsuitable for walking aids, such as wheelchair
Cost: £9 member/£9 non-member/£6   RHS Member
Event Contact: Jackie Cawte

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