Members (and non-members) have the opportunity to join in occasional, organised visits to a variety of gardens at intervals throughout the year. A small group of regulars take part, joined at times by various other members.
Visits have been made to a mix of large gardens, open daily to the public, and also to smaller gardens, open to groups on an appointment basis. Visits have included trips to Welford Park early in the Spring to see the magnificent display of snowdrops, Buscot Park with its wonderful park and water gardens, and Lyde Manor Gardens at Bledlow which were unusual and fascinating as well as beautiful. Further outings are planned to Hilliers world famous gardens and also to Lords Wood Gardens near Marlow.
Next year we hope to find yet more different gardens. A possible visit is being considered to Rodmarton Manor, a famous Arts and Crafts garden near Swindon. We may also revisit both Inholms and Rooksnest near Lamborn, which everyone agreed were some of the best gardens they had ever seen.
Everyone is welcome to join us and sign-up sheets for each visit are available at the monthly W.I. meetings. Details can also be found on the calendar.
Here are the reports of some of the gardens we have visited :-
Lime Close, 35 Henleys Lane, Drayton
Greenways, Osler Road, Headington
Folly Farm, Sulhamstead
The Old Rectory, Farnborough, Wantage
The Manor House, Wheatley
Pyt House & Willow Tree Cottage, Ashampstead
The Old Vicarage, Aston Rowant
Burrow Farm, Hambleden
Green & Gorgeous, South Stoke
West Green House, Hartley Wintney