General Information for all visits

1. The coach will pick up at two points in Bridport – the Coach Park (CP) and Jessop Avenue (JA). The times given below are the actual departure times for each trip.
2. When booking. Please state which outing(s) you are paying for and enclose a cheque payable to B.D.G.C., add your name, address, telephone number and pick up point – either CP or JA. No bookings are made without payment, seats are allocated at that time and please note when you are booking if you wish to sit with a friend.
3. The price for each visit includes: the coach, a tip for the driver, and the entrance fee.
4. The price for National Trust (NT) members is shown where relevant – please ensure you bring your card on the day
5. All destinations have cafes but meals are not organised or included in the prices.
6. Contact details for booking will be sent direct to all Gardening Club members.

Mottisfont Abbey, Romsey, Hampshire
Monday 10th June (CP 9:00 JA 9:10)

It’s June, think roses – think Mottisfont, home to the ‘world-famous collection of old fashioned roses.’ So prepare for an olfactory treat. But it’s not just roses, there are other gardens, extensive woodland walks and an exhibition of 20th century art.

Tapeley Park near Instow, Devon
Tuesday 16th July (JA 9:00 CP 9:10)

The Christie family has owned the Tapeley Park for almost 300 years. It overlooks the Torridge estuary with wonderful views across to Lundy Island and Saunton Sands. The Italian garden and the wonderful borders house some very rare plants grown successfully due to the micro climate. The walled kitchen garden produces organic vegetables and fruit for the Tea Rooms. The Permaculture garden developed by Hector Christie demonstrates principles of sustainable horticulture. We hope to enjoy a guided tour.

The Garden House, Buckland Monochorum, Yelverton, Devon
Tuesday 10th September (JA 9:00 CP 9:10)

Described by Toby Buckland as ‘a plantsman’s paradise’ the 10 acre garden includes varied planting styles including the Summer Garden, which is planted in a new naturalistic style. Sweeping banks of grasses and plants that ebb and flow as if they happened by accident are planned, divided, maintained and ruthlessly managed. It is a blend of shoulder high grasses and perennials that tempt every visitor to ‘swoosh’ through them.

Knightshayes Court, Tiverton, Devon (National Trust)
Wednesday 16th October (JA 9:00 CP 9:10)

The extensive grounds include a Victorian walled garden restored to its productive former glory 15 years ago; it boasts 147 varieties of tomato! The formal gardens near the house have breathtaking views while the woodland gardens are known for their autumn colour.

Christmas Shopping in Salisbury - TBC
Wednesday 27 November (CP 9:00 JA 9:10)

A shopping trip to the medieval city of Salisbury where there are both independent and big high street shops. Salisbury has over 200 independent shops specialising in everything from fashion, food and homeware to arts, health and sport.

With an abundance of individuality, Salisbury’s independent shops provide a chance to savour the unusual and the quirky. These independent shops can be found throughout the city centre, but notably on Fisherton Street, Winchester Street and the High Street.

Outings Been and Gone

Marwood Hill Gardens in April 2019

The first outing of the year was to Marwood Hill Gardens near Barnstaple. We passed ribbons of vivid dandelions on the roadside banks and woods full of primroses and bluebells on the drive through Devon.

The gardens, begun by Dr Jimmy Smart in the 1950’s and still in family ownership, were full of well labelled mature trees and shrubs sourced globally. Set in a valley, where no traffic could be heard, three lakes were home to mallard, Canada Geese and huge carp. Running water and birdsong, combined with reflections of trees, flowering azaleas and rhododendrons created an aura of serenity.

The photo is of Gardening Club members by a statue of Jimmy Smart, the garden’s founder.

Stourhead in October 2018

Sunny skies provided the perfect backdrop for the club outing to Stourhead.  Always an impressive destination, the autumnal palette of reds, oranges, yellows and golds was beautifully mirrored in the glassy lake.  Truly a photographer’s paradise.


Bath & Wells Bishop’s Palace in September 2018

The outing to the Bishops Palace, Wells was enjoyed by all. It included a guided tour of the gardens, with time to experience the serenity and majesty of the Cathedral.


Coleton Fishacre in July 2018

An enjoyable drive through Devon highlighted how the lush scenery of the trips earlier in the year had given way to parched landscape. Coleton Fishacre is the former home of the D’Oyly Carte family and the house, built in 1928, holds many fascinating items of the Arts and Crafts era – from distinctive Art Deco furnishings and décor to the hands on-dressing up garments.

Vibrant flowers surrounded the house with winding pathways carved from the steep valley which was banked in blue hydrangeas and mature trees. All leading us to the viewpoint above the tidal swimming pool, so loved by the family.

Wisley in June 2018

Blessed with hot sunny skies, a small group of members thoroughly enjoyed the club outing to RHS Wisley. The extensive grounds, immaculate as always, presented something for everyone. The Bowes-Lyon Rose garden was in its prime, the lovely blooms and perfumes a joy. It was a little early to see the mixed borders at their best.

It was interesting to watch intricate designs being carved into the lawns by a young gardener who was using a tiny 6″ wide hand-mower. Glistening above the myriad of botanical specimens from across the globe, three tall dandelion seed heads of steel were stunning in the sunshine.

Exbury Gardens in May 2018

Our timing was spot on for the club visit to Exbury Gardens where we found the rhododendrons and azaleas at their utmost best. As we wandered around the extensive grounds every twist and turn revealed yet another breath-taking vista. The glorious palette of mauves, purples, rich reds to softest pinks, and warmest apricot to clear bright yellows and sparkling white.

A little steam train was a fun way to see even more of the colourful woodlands.

Yeo Valley Organic Gardens in April 2018

Sunshine broke through rainy skies for our first outing of the year.  The immaculate grounds at the Yeo Valley Organic Gardens incorporated woodland, meadows, fruit and flowers. Unique wrought iron arches and sculptures added interest.  Tulips of every type made welcome splashes of vibrant colour among the spring greens.