Being optimistic is a quality all gardeners need, so despite continuing uncertainty regarding social gatherings, we have prepared a programme of visits for the upcoming year which we hope tempts you out. As in previous years, there is a wide range from the 16th century gardens at Montacute to the 21st century American garden near Bath.
In the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year, we visit three notable local gardens designed by women – Phyllis Reiss, at Tintinhull, Margery Fish at East Lambrook and Mary Benger at Burrow Farm.
This year we have an early visit for bulbs in March but have dropped the shopping visit of November.
As usual, each visit includes somewhere for lunch, tea and coffee and is within two hours of Bridport. So, join your friends and enjoy days out being chauffeur driven to gardens where other people do all the hard work.
At the time of writing the National Trust is still finalising their entry prices for 2022 so some small adjustment may be required to the published prices for non-members. If you are a NT member, make sure you bring your membership card.
We hope that you enjoy the trips we have planned for this year and as always are pleased to receive your suggestions for future visits.
Finally, thank you for your continued support and we look forward to your company.
Sibyl and Tim Gale

General Information for all visits

Sewards our local family run coach firm have managed to come through the rigors of lockdown but to be Covid compliant we have to travel in 53 seater coaches (with a limit of 30 people on the coach) to allow generous spacing which does mean a slightly higher cost per person.

  • 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. We aim to be back in Bridport around 5:30 pm unless otherwise stated.
  • Any Covid regulations will be advised at the time.
  • The price for each visit includes: the coach, a tip for the driver, and the entrance fee.
  • When booking. Please state:
    § your name, address and telephone number
    § pick up point – either CP or JA.
    § which outing(s)
    § enclose a cheque payable to B.D.G.C.
    § Send to: BDGC, 7 Downe Hall, Bedford Place, Bridport DT6 3ND
    Please note:
    No bookings can be made without payment,
    We do not issue receipts or acknowledgements.

Contact details for officers of the Bridport & District Gardening Club are available Contact details for officers of the Bridport & District Gardening Club are available in the Newsletter.

Burrow Farm Garden & East Lambrook Visit - Tuesday July 19, 2022

CP Pick up: 9:30am JA Pick up: 9:15am
Burrow Farm, Axminster & East Lambrook, S Somerset Two gardens developed through a lifetime of dedication to the art of gardening.

Burrow Farm Gardens

Starting with a talk from founder Mary Benger about this varied garden which she has developed from pasture over the last forty years, we will take a tour and have a light lunch in the tea room.

East Lambrook

After lunch we travel to East Lambrook home to another pioneering gardener Margery Fish well known for her books ‘Cottage Garden Flowers’ and ‘Ground cover plants’ written from experimenting here in her Somerset garden. Charge £28.00

American Museum Gardens Visit - Thursday September 8, 2022

CP Pick up: 9:15am JA Pick up: 9:30am
American Museum Gardens, Claverton, Bath

Here we can admire the work of modern masters of garden design Oehme van Sweden from the US in their first commission in Europe. The garden completed in 2018 in the ‘new American style’ uses large drifts of perennials, bulbs and native American shrubs to stunning effect on a magnificent site overlooking the unspoiled Limpley Stoke Valley.

And there’s Ben and Jerry’s ice cream!

Charge £26.00

Montacute House & Tintinhull Garden, NT Visit - Tuesday October 4, 2022

CP Pick up: 9:15am JA Pick up: 9:30am
Montacute & Tintinhull, Somerset

Morning and Lunch: Montacute House, NT

Price to be confirmed.
NT Members £10.00

‘A masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design’. The 16th century house is complemented by extensive formal gardens and parkland. The original raised walks of the Elizabethan garden still survive but many interventions have taken place over the centuries including planting by Vita Sackville-West of Sissinghurst fame and Phyllis Reiss (see below) who both worked on the herbaceous borders.

Afternoon: Tintinhull Garden, NT

It was here that Phyllis Reiss created ‘one of the most harmonious small gardens in Britain.’ A set of seven rooms each with its own character, including a fountain garden.