‘Happy Feet Garden Tours’ was established in 2014, and our first weekend to gardens of interest took us to North Wales.This year in June, from the 19th to the 22nd we visited Hampshire and Sussex.
Total cost of the holiday included three nights bed, breakfast and evening meal, staying in a hotel just outside Arundel, all travel, admission to all gardens (although non N.T. members were required to pay at two venues) all gratuities, and lunch on the return journey home.
On the outward journey the coach picked up at points along the A39 from Minehead to Bridgwater.
We visited seven gardens in total, all unique in their own way!
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Borde Hill Gardens, Sussex
Mottisfont Gardens, Hampshire
Choo, Choo!! All Aboard for the Exbury Railway
Higher Beeches Garden
N.T. Monks House, Rodmell, Sussex
……home of Leonard & Virigina Woolfe
Denman Gardens, Sussex
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Happy Feet Garden Tours 27th - 30th June 2014
This group was established after a couple of successful tours to Kent, Sussex and Essex over the past two years, which were originally arranged via the Holford Gardeners Group.
In 2014, the newly established 'Happy Feet Garden Tours' set off for North Wales with thirty eight people on Friday 27th June, to visit some lovely gardens in and around Snowdonia. After a refreshment stop at the excellent new Motorway services at Gloucester, the party arrived in LLangollen, Denbigh at Plas Newydd, home of the famous 'Ladies of LLangollen', where the gardens, mainly landscaped with topiary and woodland walks were delightful.
Based in a hotel in LLanberis, in the beautiful surroundings of the mountains, the next day's visit was to Crug Nursery, specialising in unusual plants, and then to the University of Bangor Treborth Botanical Gardens, which was a very interesting visit with a fascinating lecture by the curator. Saturday afternoon was spent at N.T. Bodnant, but despite drizzly rain, the gardens were beautiful and the roses magnificent, the rain enhancing the heady scent of the many varieties in full bloom! Sunday morning to the grand N.T. Plas Newydd on Anglesey, formal gardens with herbaceous borders. The afternoon was spent at Portmeirion, quirky, pretty and again abundant with hydrangeas and flower borders, with views from the gardens across the Menai Straights. Monday, to the exquisite Hampton Court Castle and Gardens in Herefordshire, beautiful flower beds and water features, a lovely way to end the 'holiday' weekend.
A great crowd of jolly, friendly people, with a super driver who drove us across jaw, stomach dropping roads through such splendid scenery! Here's hoping we will take a further trip somewhere else next year!