8 December 2018

Garden of Edenbridge Annual Report 2018 and future plans 2019


A group of us enjoyed morning coffee and a wander around the winter wonderland that is Haskins Garden Centre, Snowhill at Christmas! 

This was our last get together to mark the end of our year which has been one of many contrasts. We visited Broadview Gardens, Hadlow in the bleak depths of January and Titsey Place in the abundant flowering of high summer. In between we gasped at the sight and scent of bluebells at Emmetts, wandered around the Marden Meadows ablaze with wildflowers, spent a fascinating day at Hever castle and enjoyed several local river and countryside walks to view natural history on our doorstep for free. 

A highlight was the funghi walk at Sevenoaks with our indomitable guide. So a bit of everything and much more to come!

Here are my plans for 2019. I will forward the dates for February onwards just as soon as finally arranged so you can set them in your diary- although the location may change at the last minute due to unforeseen dramas like bad weather etc!

January 17th- Thursday 10.00 am (moderate going)
Knole Park, Sevenoaks - morning "orienteering" walk, ie: working out compass directions using signs from nature, checking the age of oak trees, enjoying a walk and good company.  BOOKING NOW - 12 max.

February (easy going)
Nymans Garden, NT, Handcross - morning trip followed by lunch to see early flowerings  of snowdrops, crocus, hellebore, etc.

March (moderate going)
Haydens Country Park in Tonbridge taking the nature and history trail and a search for the first signs of spring, morning trip followed by lunch at Broadview Gardens.

April (moderate going)
Staffhurst Woods, Edenbridge- afternoon bluebell walk followed by tea.

May (easy going)
Starborough Nurseries, Marsh Green - morning private tour around Penny Tomlin's nursery to admire rhododendron shrubs in etc. in full bloom. We will also have an opportunity explore her wildflower meadow and pond. Thank you Penny.

June (moderate going)
High Beeches, Turners Hill- lunch and afternoon trip to this beautiful hillside garden to view flowering shrubs and wildflower meadow.

July (heavy going - steep footpaths etc.)
White Cliffs of Dover/Samphire Hoe/tour of the Grand Hotel, Folkestone ALL DAY!  We should enjoy a fabulous coastal walk along the cliffs overlooking Dover Harbour to spot the wildflowers and butterflies to be found on chalk downland. Then take a peak at Samphire Hoe - the nature reserve built out into the English Channel using the spoil from the channel tunnel. Then we will have an afternoon tour of the historic Grand Hotel in Folkestone, situated on the famous Lees, followed by cream tea. This will all need some careful planning as we will book the tour in advance, car share etc. but should be a varied and interesting day.

August (easy going)
Coolings Green and Pleasant Nursery, Knockholt- coffee first then a morning walk around their nature trail followed by lunch and a browse around their other award winning nursery just down the road.

September (moderate going)
Lunch then afternoon stroll around Standen, NT at East Grinstead to admire this beautiful arts and crafts property and gardens.

October (moderate going)
Morning funghi walk with an expert. 

November (moderate going)
Full day trip to Sheffield Park Gardens for the fabulous autumn colours, coffee at Perryhill Tea Shop en route, followed by lunch on the platform of the Bluebell Railway, then some retail therapy at "The World of Shopping", Daneshill. Again needs planning.

I trust there is going to be something here for everybody.  Each trip is limited to 12 so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Happy Days! - Briar