Talks are in Bruton Community Hall at 7.30 with coffee/tea being served from 7.15. Everyone welcome.
Visits must be booked. Click here for the booking form.
SATURDAY 19 JANUARY Winter Lunch at the Shepton Montague Inn
MONDAY 22 JANUARY AGM followed by a talk ‘A Victorian Head Gardener, by Dr Francis, a public speaker with interests ranging from antique glass to music and flower arranging. This talk follows his father’s career starting as a gardener’s boy on a large Victorian estate, and the tricks of the trade at that time.
MONDAY 18 FEBRUARY. Gold Club Speaker - Pruning Ornamental Plants.
A practical demonstration of pruning trees and deciduous shrubs, including tips on timing
MONDAY 18 MARCH. Foraging for Wild Food – A talk by Charlotte Popescu.
Charlotte lives in Wiltshire where she keeps hens, grows fruit and vegetables, and is an experienced gatherer of wild food. She has published many “good life” type books based on her past experiences and current lifestyle.
TUESDAY 26 MARCH 11.00a.m. (National Trust) THE COURTS GARDEN, HOLT, TROWBRIDGE, BA14 6RR
Full of variety, this charming garden shows the English country style at its best. Peaceful water gardens and herbaceous borders, with organically shaped topiary, demonstrate an imaginative use of colour and planting, creating unexpected vistas. Stroll through the arboretum with its wonderful species of trees and naturally planted spring bulbs, this is a 'year-round' garden. There is a delightful cafe where you can eat a meal or a snack and, of course, enjoy tea, coffee and cake. There is plenty of parking, but car sharing is always a good idea. Free parking is available in the village hall car park opposite the garden and is signposted.
Cost: £5.00 for members who are not a member of the NT
£7.00 for non- members who are not a member of the NT
Free if you are a member of the NT (show membership card on arrival*)
Directions: 24miles about 45mins. Go to Bradford-on-Avon, cross the bridge and straight over the roundabout onto the B3107 and continue to Holt. The garden is on the right opposite the village hall car park.
WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL 6.45p.m. Evening visit to CASTLE GARDENS, SHERBORNE, talk and 25% discount.
There will be a short talk with tea and coffee provided. Then shop till you drop. Please do not arrive before 6.45p.m. to allow staff to have a break after the centre closes at 6.00pm. The talk will be at 7.00 pm with power shopping before and after. Please bring your membership card or speak to a committee member. Booking essential. We hope that Shepton Mallet Club will be able to join us there.
Directions: Follow signs to Sherborne Castle, The Garden Centre is by the gates to Sherborne Castle.
FRIDAY 26 APRIL 10.00a.m. for 10.30a.m. IFORD MANOR, BRADFORD-ON-AVON, WILTSHIRE, BA15 2BA
Internationally renowned, Grade 1 listed, Italianate gardens designed by Harold Peto, who made Iford his home from 1899-1933. Characterised by terraces, pools, statuary cloisters and remarkable rural views, the garden is an archetype of its period and a historic design gem. The present owners have restored, and today maintain, the historic gardens and the ethos of their original designer through modern borders blended with historic plantings. The gardens are steeply terraced so perhaps only partially accessible to disabled visitors, but there is a sloping back path which can also be used. I have been with my slipped disc! Light refreshments are available but close by Bradford-on-Avon (well worth a visit) or Courts Garden, Holt, (NT) serve good food.
Cost: Honouring 2018 prices, £6.00 members and £7.00 non-members. (The Society will cover the cost of a guided tour)
Directions: 20.8 miles, about 35 mins. Join the A361 at Nunney Catch and head around Frome to join the A36 near Standerwick. Continue on the A36 for 4.1 miles going past the Junction with the A366 (approx 3 miles) then turn right towards Iford Hill, after 1.1 miles turn right on to Iford Hill, the Manor is just ahead. Please use Car Park and beware these lanes are quite narrow.
MONDAY 29 APRIL. Hydrangeas – a talk by Sally Gregson.
Sally is well known to the members of BDHS. She has run Mill Cottage Plants for over 25 years and specialises in Hydrangeas. This talk covers the different species, their growing conditions, care and propagation. She will bring plants to sell.
SATURDAY 4 MAY 9.30a.m. Plant Sale and coffee morning Bruton Community Hall
This is a fund raiser and a shop window for the Society. Please support it and bring as many plants, seedlings, produce and cakes as you can.
TUESDAY 14 MAY 2.00p.m. MIDNEY GARDENS, MILL LANE, SOMERTON, TA11 7HR
The main garden comprises a number of linked areas, each with its own character. For example, the ‘Clarice Cliff’ garden with the nearby planting of yellows and oranges is simple and evocative of the Art Deco designs. Other areas include a white garden, seaside garden, butterfly garden, kitchen garden, woodland walk and wildlife pond. The whole garden has been planted with wildlife in mind and in the summer, it is full of insects, butterflies and birds. In springtime the specialism is alliums
Cost: £6.00 members, £9.00 non-members which includes tea/coffee and cake.
Directions: 16.2 miles, about 30mins. Leave Bruton on the A359 towards Galhampton and continue through Galhampton on this road to the Hazelgrove roundabout. Take the 2nd exit onto A303 and at Podimore take the third exit onto A372, turn right onto B3151 and after approx 2 miles turn left into Mill Lane (on a sharp right-hand bend) the destination is on the left.
FRIDAY 24 MAY 2.30p.m. LAUGHING WATER, WEIR LANE, YEOVILTON, BA22 8EU
A mature garden, remodelled since 2011, it reflects the owner's love of flowers and foliage with sweeping grass paths through mixed beds packed with shrubs, herbaceous perennials, annuals and bulbs. Floriferous from early spring through to autumn frosts. Large wildlife pond and other ornamental water features.
Cost: £3.00 members, £4.00 non-members. Tea/coffee and cake £3.00.
Directions: 14.4 miles from Bruton, about 30mins. Leave Bruton on the A359 towards Galhampton and continue through Galhampton on this road to the Hazelgrove roundabout. At Hazelgrove roundabout turn left onto A303, left onto B3151 Costello Hill, left into Bingham Lane which turns right and becomes Weir Lane. Laughing Water last house possibly, on left. Park at weir just past house.
Accessibility information: Limited wheelchair access.
MONDAY 10 JUNE 2.15p.m. 2 FRITH HOUSE, STALBRIDGE, DT10 2SD
Mr and Mrs Patrick Sclater
Approached down a long drive with fine views. 4 acres of garden around Edwardian houses and a self-contained hamlet. Range of mature trees, lakes and flower borders. The house is terrace edged by a rose border and features a Lutyensesque wall fountain and a game larder. Well stocked kitchen garden.
Cost: £4.00 members, £6.00 non-members, includes tea/coffee and cake. All entrance fees donated to the NGS.
Directions: 15.0 miles from Bruton about 30 mins. 5 miles east of Sherborne between Milborne Port and Stalbridge. Leave Bruton and head for Wincanton to join the A357 towards Templecombe. Continue on the A357 to the lights at Virginia Ash, Henstridge, turn right to Sherborne/A30. Continue past Toomer Farm and take the next sharp left turn (Copse House Hill). Take the first right turn - you should be there!
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 15 & 16 JUNE Cerne Abbas open gardens
No need to book, we have had an invite so do go along and have a look. Maybe see some new ideas for your own garden. There may be a small entry fee.
MONDAY 24 JUNE 6.45p.m. Annual Garden Supper, 9 Quaperlake Street, Bruton, BA10 OHF
John and Thea Dupays
Cost: £4.00 members, £6.00 non-members, including a glass of wine and nibbles.
The garden has a fine rose collection which should be at its best.
Alternative date in case of bad weather: Thursday 27 June (at least 24 hours’ notice will be given).
THURSDAY 4 JULY 2.30p.m. SOMERSET LAVENDER FARM, HORSEPOND FARM, FAULKLAND, BA3 5WA
The garden trials over 20 varieties of Lavender. Breathe in the scent and notice the differing qualities of each plant. In the Lavender Field, see over five acres of Lavender, absorb the sight of more than 50,000 Lavender plants with bees humming, collecting pollen to make honey. There is a healing garden full of useful herbs. A tour is arranged to the lavender fields, so we can ask as many questions as we would like. The cafe provides tea/coffee and cake. Share cars where possible.
Cost: £3.00 members, £5.00 non-members for the tour and talk. Teas not included.
Directions: Approx 20 miles, just over 30 mins. Leave Bruton on the A359 to Nunney Catch, at the roundabout, take the A361 towards Frome. At the next roundabout take the B3090 towards Frome centre, then at the junction with the A362 turn left towards Buckland Dinham. Continue through Buckland Dinham to the junction with the A366, turn right to Faulkland. In Faulkland turn right into Bishops Street.
WEDNESDAY 17 JULY 2.00p.m. DERRY WATKINS (SPECIAL PLANTS), GREENWAYS LANE, COLD ASHTON, CHIPPENHAM, SN14 8LA
On a steep hill at the top of an idyllic valley, the garden was designed and built on several levels with graceful flowing curves. It is heavy clay soil so the gravel garden was made. There are springs so there are ponds and a bog garden. There is a circle of beech trees around plain gravel, a vegetable garden, a miscanthus hedge and a woodland walk. The sculpted hedging is the crowning glory of the garden.
Cost: £5.00 members, £7.00 non-members. Tea/coffee and cake £3.50.
Directions: 31.6mls about 1 hour. Leave Bruton on the A359 to Nunney Catch, at the roundabout, take the A361 towards Frome and then follow around Frome to meet the A36 near Standlake. Follow A36 for about 9.6 miles, to Bath, turn rt onto Downs Lane, rt. onto the High Street, left onto Mill Lane (partial toll) continue onto Toll Bridge Road, take a slight left onto London Road W then the 3rd exit onto A46 ramp to Stroud/M4, continue on A46, turn into Cotswold Way/Greenways Lane, destination should be on your left.
WEDNESDAY 14 AUGUST 2.30p.m. EMILY ESTATE, HADSPEN, NR CASTLE CARY
No price yet but we are assured that the cafe will be open by August.
Further details when known.
SATURDAY 17 AUGUST 2.30p.m. to 5.00p.m. THE SOCIETY'S 95th ANNUAL SHOW:
FITZJAMES SPORTS HALL, KING'S SCHOOL, BRUTON, BA10 0ED
Show schedules can be picked up at the Plant Sale and after that from Bruton shops, library and Community Office. Do consider putting in an entry and of course come and support the show on the day.
THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 10.45a.m. (National Trust) GREAT CHALFIELD MANOR, GREAT CHALFIELD, ATWORTH, MELKSHAM, SN12 8NJ
Guided tour of the house at 11.00a.m. Then afterwards freedom to roam round the Arts and Crafts gardens. Romantic rose garden, topiary and a spring fed large pond with swans. Self-service for light refreshments. Close to Bradford-on-Avon.
Cost: £5.00 for members who are not a member of the NT
£7.00 for non-members who are not a member of the NT
Free if you are a member of the NT (show membership card on arrival*)
Directions: 24miles about 45mins. Go to Bradford-on-Avon, cross the bridge and take the first exit at the roundabout onto the A363, at the next roundabout take the second exit and then turn left at the first junction onto A3109. Follow A3109 over traffic lights and then take the next right, follow signs for Great Chalfield Manor (Brown sign).
* If you are a member of the National Trust then you must show your membership card on the visit for free entry.
MONDAY 23 SEPTEMBER. The Emily Estate – a talk by Iain Davies.
Iain is Director of Horticulture at Emily Estate - previously Hadspen House. He will talk to us about what they are doing in the gardens, how they are achieving it and their plans for the future.
MONDAY 21 OCTOBER. “Lift the Latch” – a talk by Pauline and David Wright.
David and Pauline have created this beautiful garden from scratch. Designed for all year round colour and interest, it has evergreen and deciduous trees, a large wildlife pond with stream and an ornamental Koi pond. They open their garden for charity and it has featured on BBC2’s Open Gardens and in several magazines.
MONDAY 18 NOVEMBER. Autumn and Winter Colour – A talk by Martin Young.
Martin is a horticultural speaker based in Weymouth. Formally in the RAF, he is a keen plantsman with a keen interest in butterﬂies, moths and plants which attract them. He is also an active member of Plant Heritage and takes a keen interest in plant conservation and the National Collections of Dorset.
SATURDAY 18 JANUARY 2020 - WINTER LUNCH. Venue TBC.
MONDAY 20 JANUARY 2020 – AGM and talk.
PLEASE NOTE: All the directions are taken from the Greenflag website, but you may be familiar with other ways to get to your destination. Please check with your own directions or use your satnav.
Please use the booking form to book your garden visits. Make your own transport arrangements for all visits. Please join forces with your friends for transport whenever possible – some gardens have limited parking. If you have difficulty in finding transport, let us know. Members are welcome to bring friends who are not members. Click here for the booking form.