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 Thursday 15th July we are arranging a group visit to Tattenhall Hall outside Chester, a visit originally organized to take place in 2020. We are grateful to the owners for welcoming us after such a long delay. 
Then 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 are all so thrilled with the recent opening of RHS Bridgewater and many of you have been privileged to have made an early visit. The Events Group is pleased to let you know that a CGT Group Visit to Bridgewater has been provisionally arranged for Thursday 7th October at 2pm.  Further details and booking arrangements of this and a further possible garden visit to take place in September, will be made available at the beginning of August. In the meantime, we are sure you would wish to save the date
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 hope you 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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Thursday 15th July, 2pm
Visit to Tattenhall Hall Thursday 15th July 2021 2pm

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Tattenhall Hall, Tattenhall, Chester, CH3 9HE

The CGT Events Group was forced to cancel our visit to the lovely garden at Tattenhall Hall in 2020 but we are so pleased that we have been able to rearrange the visit for 15th July 2021.  
Tattenhall Hall garden has been made with love and enthusiasm and the owners are pleased to share its history, discuss plants and planting and guide us around. This 4.5 acre garden surrounds an impressive Jacobean house with so many different areas and themes to explore. Teas will be served on the yew terrace which has open views to the hills and there is seating on the large circular lawn where the colour themed borders can be enjoyed.  There are wildflower meadows, a vegetable garden, a walled garden, a large pond and winding paths along a stream through natural wildlife and woodland areas
The garden opens through the National Garden Scheme and the owners follow all the guidance given for a safe visit.  The garden is generally accessible but please be aware that there are gravel paths, cobbles, some steps and uneven paths around the wildlife area.  There is a downstairs toilet available to use.
We hope you will share our enthusiasm for arranging a group garden visit. We are required 
to be mindful of government guidance and urge everyone to take personal responsibility for their own safety by carrying their own face mask and sanitiser, if needed, and observing social distancing if the risk from COVID remains. 

Cost: £8.50 member/£10.50 non-member/£6.50  student
Event Contact: Janet Horne

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Saturday 14th August, 3pm
Cheshire Gardens Trust Social, Saturday 14th August 2021 3pm

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Sandymere, Middlewich Road, Cotebrook, CW6 9EH

After a very difficult year and a lot of zoom talks we thought you would appreciate the opportunity to visit a garden and meet up with people you have not been able to see for a long time in a beautiful setting. We are therefore very grateful to John Timpson (owner) and Rachel Pemberton (Head gardener) for the chance to hold a Cheshire Gardens Trust social at Sandymere Garden. We will arrive at 3pm with time for a stroll in the garden, followed by tea/coffee/cakes and chat at 3.30pm, followed by another stroll if you would like. We would particularly welcome the opportunity to get to know new members
You may remember we visited John Timpson’s beautiful garden in 2016. More recently Head Gardener Rachel Pemberton was interviewed for the Spring 2020 edition of the newsletter. 
There are stylish terraces around the house with beautiful planting (alliums, nepeta, roses, irises, salvias, geraniums, alchemilla mollis) and lovely seating areas, an ideal setting for afternoon tea.
John and his wife Alex (who sadly died in 2016) developed the grounds over more than thirty years, using the same landscape architect throughout. At the same time John built up his business and the pair were legendary in their care for others, including 90 foster children.
At the back of the house there are parterres, water features and walled gardens. In the front the terraces lead down to a rock garden, rill and rose pergola, then rolling lawns leading to rhododendron/azalea/camellia beds. Beyond that there are lakes with associated planting, hostas, irises, alliums, candelabra primulas etc. and then well-established woodland.
More recent developments are the boathouse, completed in memory of Alex Timpson, a bee and butterfly garden and a large lavender garden.
We hope you will share our enthusiasm for a social event after so long apart. We are required, however, to be mindful of government guidance and urge everyone to take personal responsibility for their own safety by carrying their own face mask and sanitiser, if required, and observing social distancing if the risk from COVID remains.  
Cost: £8 member/£10 non-member/£6  FT student
Event Contact: Sue Eldridge

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