Society Trips

We currently have no trips organised for 2020.  This page will be updated when trips have been arranged. More information and booking please contact Jill Porteous 01902 750130 or email:


Friday 17th May 2019: Trentham Gardens

Cost £20; Includes entrance fee and coach.

The new-look gardens have matured into some of the finest in Britain, declared, by James Alexander Sinclair in The Telegraph, as “The garden makeover of the decade”.

The contemporary revival of the famous Italian Gardens was led by renowned designer and multi-Chelsea gold-medal winner Tom Stuart-Smith. To the east of the Italian Gardens are the Rivers of Grass and the adjacent Floral Labyrinth. Both these schemes were designed by eminent Dutch plantsman, and Chelsea gold-medal winner, Piet Oudolf.

Trentham is an award-winning garden which in 2013 won the Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Gold Award, in 2015, 2016 and 2017 we were awarded a Gold Accolade by Visit England.

At the centre of Trentham Gardens is the mile long, Capability Brown designed, Trentham Lake. Take the circular lakeside walk all the way round as it takes you aside the River Trent, by the bird hide, through the cascading weir and along atmospheric trails, featuring vast meadow schemes by Nigel Dunnett and the team who were responsible for the stunning wildflower plantings at the Olympic Park. These were chosen for seasonal interest and environmental suitability.

Trentham Gardens website:

Wednesday 19th June 2019: Heath Gardens

Cost £5.00. Members to make own transport arrangements.

Gordon Malt was a finalist in the Daily Mail National Garden competition and has also appeared in the Shropshire magazine. own transport required.  Garden situated 1 mile north of Sheriffhales on the B4379. Layby on right hand side (if approaching from Sheriffhales) for parking. NB: Access possibly easier from A41 -turn left onto B4379 after Bloomsbury Nursery. Layby will obviously then be on left after passing through Heath Hill.

The most fertile part of the garden was to the rear of the house, so this is where Gordon made his vegetable plot. ‘I grow lettuce, peas, broad beans, Brussels sprouts, celeriac, potatoes, runner beans and asparagus. There are also fruit cages containing strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, whitecurrants and gooseberries, as well as an orchard of cordon-trained apples.’

Gordon, who describes his style as ‘controlled relaxation’, has seamlessly mixed the vegetable areas with the flower borders, which are all themed. The pale border is filled with the soft pink hybrid musk rose ‘Felicia’, thistly blue eryngiums, white phlox, and Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica, which keeps its blue bracts well into autumn – even if its smell does remind some people of old socks.

Another bed is given over to salvias and ornamental grasses. ‘Salvias are such great plants, which flower over a long period, and there are so many to choose from. I especially like peachy-orange Salvia x jamensis ‘California Sunset’, deep blue Salvia patens ‘Guanajuato’, and the intensely red Salvia blepharophylla.’ Other beds are devoted to plants with silver foliage, and to flowers that are at their peak from July onwards such as crocosmias, eupatorium and the buddleia ‘Pink Delight’.

The garden is a labour of love for Gordon. ‘I’m out there every day, whatever the season. Mona enjoys the garden but she leaves the work to me. We both get a lot of satisfaction from opening the garden for local charities, and it’s great to meet people who want to talk about plants.’

Friday 12th July 2019:  Trip to Cascades Gardens and Renishaw Hall gardens.

Cascades Gardens

Cost approx £33 to include entrance fees, coach, tea and cakes at Cascades. Final cost depends on numbers.

Cascades Gardens, the Meditation garden, is a peaceful and natural garden to visit in the historic village of Bonsall near Matlock, Derbyshire. Refreshments are available. Inspired by Japanese gardens and Buddhist philosophy. Cascades Gardens is a celebration of Nature and an ideal place to immerse yourself in a relaxing and beautiful natural environment.

Cascade Gardens website:

Renishaw Hall Garden

The stunning Italianate gardens were laid out in the late 19th Century by Sir George Sitwell 4th Baronet. Walk around the formal garden enjoying the lawns and borders. Take a stroll down the lime avenue to see “The Angel of Fame”. Relax on one of the benches taking time to take in the beauty and tranquility of the gardens.

Venture further afield through the woodland and down to the lakes. Make use of the map to see “the classical temple” and other areas of interest on the way. The lakes are a haven for wildlife, look out for butterflies, dragonflies, and birds. Follow the path round the lake to take in the stunning views, and then up through the woods back to the lawns.

Throughout the season there are many garden highlights such as bluebells, delphiniums, camellias and roses. Please ask at the garden entrance for directions to the seasonal highlights.

Renishaw Gardens website:

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