Coach Outings in 2017
Come and join us for our 3 great days out this year!
Our aim is to enjoy full days out visiting interesting gardens in SE England chosen for their variety, seasons of displays and standards of gardening – some also with houses to explore.
You will find more photos from our 2016 Coach Outings on our Gallery page
Coach Boarding Points:-
We have two boarding points near the centre of Maidstone, the second leaving the Maidstone area at 9.15am
MHS members have a priority period to make bookings starting this year on 15 January
Non-members may make bookings after 23 February if seats on the coaches are still available.
Please leave a message for our Outings Organiser in our CONTACT BOX to check availability of coach seats and details of pick-up points, times and how to reserve your seats.)
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey
Sunday 7 May
Entry – FREE to all on MHS coach because MHS is affiliated to RHS
Approximate journey time 1 hour
Last visited by MHS Sept 2013
We can expect a wonderful riot of colour from the late spring flowering bulbs, corms, shrubs and trees and plenty of interesting new foliage at this RHS flagship garden. The double herbaceous borders will be well under way into growth and the Trials Grounds and Rock Garden are always interesting. The Azaleas and Rhododendrons are a very pretty sight in the Woodland Garden in May and early growth in the Artisan Gardens and Vegetable Gardens will be worth a visit. The glasshouse is full of interesting plants in several zones and the intriguing “Root Zone” exhibition at its centre is worth experiencing. The planned improvements to the visitor centre area started last Autumn.
Three cafes, Restaurant, large Shop and large Plant Sales Centre
Mottisfont (National Trust) near Romsey, Hampshire
Wednesday 7 June
Last visited by MHS June 2005
Entry – Non NT £11:00 or NT members FREE (on production of valid NT card)
Approximate journey time 2 hours 30 mins (including a 30 minute comfort stop)
Our visit is timed to enjoy the famous National Collection of Old fashioned Roses which was designed in the 1970s by Graham Stuart Thomas. The Rose bushes are growing in a large walled garden and are free standing or trained onto walls, pergolas or arches and under – planted with other plants in flower to give a wonderful picture of colour and scent. There are many areas of interest in the other formal gardens designed by Geoffrey Jellicoe and Norah Lindsay. Further delights are walks across the sweeping lawns, through groups of ancient trees including the National Collection of Planes and by the River Test.
The property began as a medieval priory in 1201 and an exhibition of recently revealed spaces of this time with 3D animations explain this history. After many owners the house and estate were bought by Maud & Gilbert Russell in 1934. Maud re -designed the house and furnishings to Neo-Classical luxury. Parts of the house are open now, including a newly refurbished maid’s room in the servants’ quarters. A permanent exhibition of 20C art is now shown and other changing exhibitions reflect Maud’s interest in collecting artistic works.
Two cafes, Garden Kiosk, Ice Cream Parlour, shop and 2nd hand book shop.
Picnics may be taken anywhere in the grounds.
Anglesey Abbey Gardens, House & Lode Mill (National Trust) Cambridge
Thursday 7 September
Last visited by MHS Sept 2008
Entry – Non NT £11:90 or NT members FREE (on production of valid NT card)
Approximate journey time 2 hours 15 mins (including a comfort stop)
The Gardens are well known for the displays of Dahlias in September, particularly in the designated Dahlia Garden which has only these lovely flowers in a huge sweeping border. There are other formal gardens for us to explore all fairly close to the house. The property covers 114 acres and has a fine collection of mature trees, many planted in avenues, chosen for their beauty rather than for being rare. The last owner was Lord Fairhaven, who bought the property in 1926 and started creating the gardens very quickly including several marked walks through the trees and a huge collection of classical statuary.
The house is in Jacobean style and Lord Fairhaven furnished it luxuriously, with a particularly fine collection of silver objects – it is possible to see almost all of it. He was a keen race horse owner and as the house is near Newmarket racecourse, HM The Queen Mother used to stay for racing meetings – her bedroom is newly opened for us to see. Lode Mill is a working water mill and is short walk from the house beside the river – the ground floor is easily accessible but there are steep steps up to other floors. A mobility buggy buzzes around between the main areas.
Large restaurant, shop, plant centre and 2nd hand bookshop.
We look forward to some happy days out together!