|Meeting Day||2nd Friday|
We meet once a month to visit gardens in this area and to talk about gardening. Later this year we hope to start swapping plants as well as ideas.
We enjoy chatting about gardening (and lots of other things.)
We don't have a set meeting-place and our visits are very informal and seem to involve refreshments of some sort as well.
We ended 2016 with a very good Christmas lunch at The Villa, Levens, with added entertainment provided by a wedding party!
2017 started with a planning meeting at Castle St Centre. We planned the whole year's visits - quite an achievement.
Because February is not a great month to visit gardens we had a very interesting visit to High Lickbarrow Farm in Windermere, newly acquired by the National Trust. It is well worth visiting, the guide gives a talk on the history of the house & its occupants, as a bonus, the garden was a carpet of snowdrops.
We had 3 very different garden visits this summer.
Sprint Mill was made especially interesting by having such an enthusiast as Edward Acland guiding us and explaining the development and plans for the garden over the years.
Jack Gott's dahlias in Milnthorpe were stunning. Despite an absolute DELUGE we all really enjoyed the visit, again guided by a real enthusiast AND medal winner!
Low Fell West at Crosthwaite is a true labour of love, we had a wonderful morning roaming around the garden guided by the owner, Barbie Handley.She then provided us with the most wonderful cakes!
We now look forward to a talk by Kevin Preston on Nov 11th.
Previous Report - August 2016
Despite very mixed weather we have enjoyed, yet again, some gorgeous gardens.
Sadly, for the 2nd year running, we visited Park House at Barbon in terrible weather; such a shame after a spell of wonderful warm sunshine. Maybe we'll try for 3rd time lucky next year!
Boxwood House at Kirkby Stephen has just got our Gold Star award, not only a fabulous garden but even more, fabulous cakes! A good time was had by all.