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

Spring has arrived and some exciting Garden Visits arranged!  
The Events Group is so pleased to let you know of some forthcoming garden visits it has arranged. The three zoom talks from January to March have been again successful. But we would all love to return to our lovely garden visits over the summer months. 
In this briefing there are details of two forthcoming visits that we are pleased to have secured and  hope will interest you in joining: 
Manley Knoll, Manley, Frodsham: Friday 27th May
Gardens of Eaton Hall, Eccleston Gate, near Chester:  Thursday 7th July    
Please note the booking arrangements for these two visits. Do book early to avoid disappointment!
Details will follow shortly of two further garden visits: 
Abbeywood Gardens, Chester Road, Delamere, Northwich: Monday 20th June 
This will be a garden visit followed by afternoon tea and the Cheshire Gardens Trust’s Annual Meeting.  The garden will be lovely in June. We are hoping that it will be a delightful social meeting of many members, allowing you to put forward your views on the Trust also.  Please reserve the date
Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas: Thursday 22nd September 
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 advise you to take personal responsibility, do not attend if you are suffering with Covid symptoms, and carry a face mask and a sanitiser if required.
We hope you have a lovely summer of visiting beautiful gardens and we look forward to meeting you soon. 
 All best wishes from the Events Team   

Friday 27th May, 2pm - 4pm
Visit to Manley Knoll, Friday 27th May 2022

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Visit to Manley Knoll, Manley, Frodsham, WA6 9DX

Manley Knoll is an Arts and Crafts Garden created in the early 1900s. Covering 6 acres, it is divided into different rooms encompassing parterres, clipped yew hedging, ornamental ponds and herbaceous borders. Banks of rhododendron and azaleas frame a far-reaching view of the Cheshire Plain. There is also a magical quarry/ folly garden with waterfall and woodland walks.  

We’ve waited a long time to revisit this lovely garden. CGT originally visited in May 2013 when the quarry garden had been cleared and the replanting was to start. A lot has happened since. We were due to revisit in 2020, but this couldn’t take place. So, the wait is now over and you can make a return visit or visit for the first time. 
We will have an introductory talk from the Head Gardener, Thomas Leese, before wandering off to explore. This is followed by tea/coffee/cakes on the terrace.


Cost: £10, including tea/coffee/cakes
Event Contact: Janet Horne

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Monday 20th June, 2pm - 4.30pm
Visit to Abbeywood Gardens +AGM

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Venue: Abbeywood Gardens, Chester Road, Delamere, Cheshire, CW8 2HS

In the last Events listing we asked you to reserve the date of the afternoon of Monday 20th June. The Events Group is pleased to give you further details of this event of a Garden Visit, followed by Afternoon Tea and Cheshire Gardens Trust’s Annual General Meeting.
Abbeywood at Delamere in set in the in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside. Abbeywood is a 45 acre with acres of woodland and 6 acres of informal and formal gardens, all different, and all distinctive in their own right. These extensive and varied gardens will be so lovely in June. Head Gardener, Simon Goodfellow, will be pleased to guide us round. 
Following the garden visit, there will be afternoon tea of sandwiches and cakes in the Glasshouse, the beautiful, light and spacious function room adjacent to the caf?. We hope to see as many members and guests at this event which provides the opportunity for a social gathering for members to meet up again face to face after so long. By combining the garden visit and afternoon tea with the CGT’s annual meeting, it will also enable members to put forward their views on the Trust in an informal setting.  The reports to be discussed at the AGM will be sent to all members three weeks in advance of the meeting.  
Cost: £12, including garden visit and afternoon tea of sandwiches and cakes  
Event co-ordinator:  Margaret Blowey            
Please book well in advance to avoid disappointment and we look forward to seeing you there. 
All best wishes from the Events Team   
Cost: ££12
Event Contact: Margaret Blowey

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Thursday 7th July
Visit to the gardens of Eaton Hall, 7th July 2022

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The Gardens of Eaton Hall, Eccleston Gate, near Chester, CH4 9ET.

This is a unique opportunity to visit the gardens of Eaton Hall, the home of the Duke of Westminster and his mother the Duchess of Westminster. It is only open to the public three times a year and to charities and other organisations on a rota basis.
It is a stunning garden with a succession of designers making their mark, starting with Capability Brown and William Emes, responsible for the landscaping including wide sweeping lawns, studied with specimen trees, leading down to the river. There is a walled kitchen garden, immaculately kept and beautiful herbaceous borders below the house. There is striking statuary, with canals and ponds introduced at various stages during the estate’s history. On a more intimate basis there is the rose garden with stunning views towards the Hall and clock tower and the tea house with pretty planting. The most recent designer involved in the garden has been Arabella Lennox Boyd, who has been working with Eaton Hall for many years and is responsible for the redesigned rose garden and the new hot border alongside the walled garden.
We will be guided on our tour by Jan Lomas, Head Gardener and one of her team


Cost: £10, including garden tour and tea/coffee/biscuits
Event Contact: Sue Eldridge

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