Events

For further information about any of the events listed, please refer to your copy of the 2022 Events Guide or contact the relevant organiser below:

If you would like to attend a Self-drive Visit, Day Trip by Coach or Garden Holiday, it is necessary to book in advance. Kindly note that these events are available exclusively to CGS members and their guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Links to the Booking Forms for each event are included in the e-newsletters we send to members with email addresses who have subscribed to receive them via Mailchimp, or are available in hard copy upon request from the relevant organiser.

Self-drive Visits:  Elizabeth Harris (elizabeth@boscrowan.co.uk | 01736 332396)

                             Michèle Richards (michele.l.richards@gmail.com | 07854 950646)

                             Ian Buckingham (ian.buckingham1@icloud.com | 07931 932262)

Bookings for Self-drive Visits should be made via the relevant organiser as stated on the Booking Form.

Day Trips by Coach: Catherine McDonald (taddymcd@hotmail.co.uk | 01872 272800 | 07909 544931)

Bookings for Day Trips by Coach should be made via Mary Hutt (patfward@hotmail.com | 01872 863735)

Garden Holidays: Julia Chant (juliachant@btinternet.com | 01503 220081 | 07425 141871)

Bookings for Garden Holidays should be made via Julia Chant.

Lectures: Tony Ryde (tonyryde@btinternet.com)

Lectures run from October to March and are free for CGS members. There is no need to book. Non-members are welcome and a donation is appreciated.

Spring Flower Show: Dickie Trant (showdirector@cornwallgardensociety.org.uk | 07530 920585)                                                          

 

  • Day Trip by Coach to National Trust Greenway, Galmpton with Ferry Trip on the River Dart

    Enjoy a scenic return boat trip between Dartmouth and Greenway, which Agatha Christie called “the loveliest place in the world” and is now in the care of the National Trust. 

    There will be ample time to explore this much-loved house and productive walled garden with its 120ft-long peach house, vinery, allotment and softly-planted borders, all of which thrive within its protective walls. 

    Pause to relax in the informal garden and enjoy glimpses of the river from its woodland walks.

    The booking form is available to download here or in hard copy, upon request, from the organiser.

  • Self-drive Visit to Minack Theatre Gardens, Porthcurno and Boscrowan, Penzance

    Enjoy a guided tour of the Minack Theatre Gardens with Jeff Rowe and Claire Batten, who have won multiple medals at RHS Chelsea for their specialist exotics, and discover what makes these sub-tropical gardens unique. Learn about the challenges of gardening on a cliff-edge and the species that flourish in unusual climatic conditions, benefitting from the warmth of Cornish granite yet being treated harshly by the strong salt winds off the Atlantic.

    In complete contrast, we then head to Boscrowan, in a sheltered valley near Penzance, for a delicious lunch and a gentle amble around the gardens where the pleasures of herbaceous borders against a wooded backdrop; a wildlife pond; an original revolving Victorian summerhouse; a growing sedum roof, a cutting garden and a bring-and-buy plant stall with proceeds to charity await you.

    The booking form is available to download here or in hard copy, upon request, from the organiser.

  • Garden Holiday to the Gardens of Cheshire including RHS Bridgewater

    This four-day tour takes in the finest gardens of Cheshire, including the brand new RHS Garden Bridgewater at Worsley. This once-in-a-generation project sees the RHS taking inspiration from the heritage of the site and transforming it into a world-class garden. Based on an overall design by leading landscape architect, Tom Stuart-Smith, RHS Garden Bridgewater offers one of the largest walled gardens in the UK; beautifully landscaped grounds; living plant collections and horticultural trials.

    At Ashwood Nursery, we will enjoy a tour of the private garden of its owner and RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold medallist, John Massey; and visit the gardens of Spetchley Park and Arley Hall; the house and gardens of Tatton Park, and a private garden that has been featured on BBC Gardeners’ World.

    Dinner, bed and breakfast will be provided at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel and Spa at Cheshire, and we will benefit from the services of a Brightwater Tour Manager.

    The booking form is available to download here or in hard copy, upon request, from the organiser.

  • Day Trip by Coach to Hestercombe, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton

    This 50-acre garden spans three centuries of garden design from the 1760s to the early Edwardian era of the 1900s. The Daisy Steps, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, create a link between his formal Edwardian garden and the earlier Landscape Garden of the 1760s, designed by Coplestone Warre Bamfylde, which includes the dramatic Great Cascade.

    The Great Platt, a sunken parterre laid out with geometric borders, includes delightful planting schemes specified by Gertrude Jekyll.

    The many structures and viewing points add to the creativity that is displayed throughout this beautiful garden.

    The booking form is available to download here or in hard copy, upon request, from the organiser.

  • Self-drive Visit to National Dahlia Collection, Kehelland and Kehelland Trust, Camborne

    The National Dahlia Collection relocated from the outskirts of Penzance to this new site in 2021 under the management of Louise Danks who was Production Manager at the previous location.

    This colourful collection combines in excess of 1700 different cultivars and more than 20 species dahlias – a highly productive and fashionable flower in current times! Join us for a tour, a posy-making workshop and top tips for summer dahlia care, seed collection and sowing.

    The Kehelland Horticultural Centre was established in 1982 to provide a rural horticultural setting for the support of young people and adults with learning or physical disabilities.

    We will be guided around the 16-acre site where a variety of crops, such as tomatoes, chillies and apples are grown.

    Specialising in producing their own Cornish variety apple juices, the Trust initiated one of the first Apple Days in the Duchy in 2004, and organises a giant vegetable competition as well as ChilliFest.

    An extensive plant nursery produces seasonal bedding plants, herbs, herbaceous perennials, native flowers, shrubs and trees that are beneficial to wildlife.

    The booking form is available to download here or in hard copy, upon request, from the organiser.

  • Garden Holiday to the Gardens of Kent and Sussex

    This five-day garden tour takes in the premier gardens of Kent and Sussex, and showcases late summer planting.

    Highlights include a guided tour of Christopher Lloyd’s and Fergus Garrett’s Great Dixter as well as a visit to Vita Sackville-West’s Sissinghurst.

    This holiday will also include entry to the magnificent RHS Partner Gardens of Great Comp and Merriments; the award-winning Pashley Manor, West Dean Gardens, National Trust Emmetts Garden and Hever Castle.

    Dinner, bed and breakfast will be provided at the Mercure Hotel at Tunbridge Wells and we will benefit from the services of a Brightwater Tour Manager.

    The booking form is available to download here or in hard copy, upon request, from the organiser.

  • Day Trip by Coach to Kia-Ora Farm and Gardens, Cullompton and National Trust Killerton, Broadclyst

    Kia-Ora Farm’s peaceful ten-acre garden encompasses lawns, lakes and ponds, which, together with extensively-planted borders, a bog garden and mature trees, provide an environment in which nature thrives.

    Famous for its rare trees and shrubs, the garden at National Trust Killerton provides year-round interest. Beside the house, The Admiral’s Lawn is bordered by tender perennials whilst the Terrace Garden includes herbaceous flowering beds and obelisks for annual climbers. In the formal garden, a memorial to Sir Thomas Acland marks his favourite spot overlooking the Devonshire countryside.

    The booking form is available to download here or in hard copy, upon request, from the organiser.

  • Self-drive Visit to Trebartha, near Launceston

    We last enjoyed a visit to Trebartha in 2015 when many changes had taken place, such as the installation of a new hydro-electric plant and the large-scale removal of Rhododendron ponticum. Several years later and the area is gloriously settled. 

    Trebartha is located on the eastern side of Bodmin Moor and its gardens offer both natural and man-made features together with many fine views. Spanning 18 hectares, there is plenty to explore. This will be a full day visit so do bring a picnic lunch!

    Our group will divide into two for different guided walks in the morning and afternoon to view the ponds, cascades and terraces, and we shall stop to admire the beautifully-designed garden at Lemarne that is situated within the estate, en route. 

    The booking form will be available in June 2022.

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Upcoming Events

  • Day Trip by Coach to National Trust Greenway, Galmpton with Ferry Trip on the River Dart

    Enjoy a scenic return boat trip between Dartmouth and Greenway, which Agatha Christie called “the loveliest place in the world” and is now in the care of the National Trust. 

    There will be ample time to explore this much-loved house and productive walled garden with its 120ft-long peach house, vinery, allotment and softly-planted borders, all of which thrive within its protective walls. 

    Pause to relax in the informal garden and enjoy glimpses of the river from its woodland walks.

    The booking form is available to download here or in hard copy, upon request, from the organiser.

  • Self-drive Visit to Minack Theatre Gardens, Porthcurno and Boscrowan, Penzance

    Enjoy a guided tour of the Minack Theatre Gardens with Jeff Rowe and Claire Batten, who have won multiple medals at RHS Chelsea for their specialist exotics, and discover what makes these sub-tropical gardens unique. Learn about the challenges of gardening on a cliff-edge and the species that flourish in unusual climatic conditions, benefitting from the warmth of Cornish granite yet being treated harshly by the strong salt winds off the Atlantic.

    In complete contrast, we then head to Boscrowan, in a sheltered valley near Penzance, for a delicious lunch and a gentle amble around the gardens where the pleasures of herbaceous borders against a wooded backdrop; a wildlife pond; an original revolving Victorian summerhouse; a growing sedum roof, a cutting garden and a bring-and-buy plant stall with proceeds to charity await you.

    The booking form is available to download here or in hard copy, upon request, from the organiser.