Coach Outings in 2019
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 taken during the days out 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. Luxury coaches have been booked.
MHS members have a priority period to make bookings starting this year on 7 February.
We welcome enquiries from people who are not members of MHS, who may make bookings after 7 March if seats on the coaches are still available.
If you are keen to come with us, please leave a message in our CONTACT BOX for our Outings Organiser, who for each of the outings will be happy to give you exact details of our pick-up points and times, availability of seats and how to reserve them.
1. WAKEHURST Haywards Heath, W Sussex RH17 6TN Sunday 12 May
Coach fare £15.00 each
Group Entry Free to NT members £10.00 for non-NT members
Owned by The National Trust – Funded and Managed by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Approximate journey time 1 hour 15 minutes Last visited by MHS May 1995
This Grade II listed garden of over 500 acres is one of the most significant Botanical Gardens in England. Most importantly, it is home to the Millenium Seed Bank, opened in 2000 by HRH Prince Charles, which is the largest wild seed conservation project in the world. We can see through large glass windows into the laboratories and inter-active exhibits explain some of the work.
The formal parts extend in a large flat area round the house and include walled and water gardens and woodland with national collections of Birch, Beech, Skimmia and Hypericum. Other delights will be trees in new leaf and blossom, a large collection of Rhododendrons and Azaleas, many flowers from late Spring bulbs and the largest growing Christmas tree in England (35m). The charming 16th Century Grade I listed Mansion has 3 rooms on the ground floor (unfurnished) and the entrance hall open for us (free entry). To the South the paths start to slope steeply through woodland to Westwood Lake and a wetland reserve, so these are only for the sure-footed.
Café, large Restaurant, Shop & Plant Sales.
2. am – SALUTATION GARDENS Sandwich, Kent CT13 9EW Thursday 20 June
pm – GODINTON HOUSE GARDENS Ashford, Kent TN23 3BP
Coach Fare for the day £14.00
Total Group Entry for both gardens £11.00 Approximate journey time 1 hour 15 minutes
SALUTATION Last visited by MHS June 2009
Following our very interesting Talk last November by the Head Gardener, Steve Edney, we are keen to revisit. The 3.7 acres are designed (originally by Sir Edwin Lutyens) as a series of inter-linked rooms and Steve has for the last 14 years been replanting extensively, including rare, heirloom and drought-tolerant plants. Roses, long herbaceous borders and a wild flower meadow should be at their best for our visit. Also featured are an interesting collection of conifers, including a huge Ginko biloba tree.
Small café, restaurant (prior booking required) or you might prefer to bring a picnic (there are plenty of seats in the garden) or visit one of the nearby hostelries in the charming town. Plant sales.
GODINTON Last visited by MHS August 2013
The gardens have been designed all around the Jacobean House. Vast yew hedges enclose terraced lawns, ornamental trees and topiary, herbaceous borders, a rose garden, lily pond, Italian Garden and a large walled garden. The walled garden is home to Delphiniums, Irises, flowers for cutting, fruit, vegetables and 3 glasshouses.The Delphiniums are looked after by the Kent & E Sussex Group of The Delphinium Society whose members will be on hand to answer questions on their stand because we are visiting during Godinton’s celebrated Delphinium Festival! Refreshments in the Stables café. Plant sales.
3. RHS GARDEN HYDE HALL Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET Sunday 8 September
Coach Fare £15.00
Group Entry – Free (because MHS is affiliated to RHS)
Approximate journey time 1 hour 15 mins Last visited by MHS June 2015
New since MHS last visit – The vegetable garden transformed into the “Global Growth Vegetable Garden” with a new glasshouse at the centre with edible plantings all round it – Recent landscaping and flower beds in the Hilltop area – A much larger brand new Restaurant building – A new visitor entrance and improved signage throughout the gardens.
The gardens are widely considered a “horticultural gem” of SE England due to the high standards of horticulture and constant improvements for visitors to experience. The colourful Dry Gardens are famous and other special parts are the “Queen Mother’s Garden, Rose Garden, large Lily pond, Eucalyptus woodland and swathes of grasses and herbaceous perennials.
Two mobility buggies are on hand if required to take visitors up to the Hill Top parts of the gardens.
Large restaurant, large café, large shop and Plant Centre.
We look forward to some happy days out together!