Outing to Exbury Gardens May 2018
Our members enjoyed a very warm and colourful coach trip to EXBURY GARDENS on Saturday, 19th May. The explosion of colours of the Azaleas and Rhododendrons were an assault on the senses and were almost too much to take in; indeed the bright orange Azaleas threatened to burst into flames at any moment! Glades of giant trees, including mighty Oaks with their new, clean and fresh leaves, looked magical with their carpets of colourful Azaleas, all helped by a brilliant blue sky above and bluebells below. Several not so agile Members enjoyed buggy rides along the forest’ tracks and others rode in the narrow-gauge steam train, all accompanied by spring’ songs of woodland birds - Song Thrush, Blackcap and Blackbird. There were many butterflies on the wing in the woodland glades, together with Large Red Damselflies and other dragonflies over the ponds and along the clear-flowing streams. The day was rounded off nicely when we were delighted by the many new foals on our return journey through the New Forest. (photos and text by Lawrence Holloway)
Outing, Thursday 6th September, to The Royal Horticultural
Society's WISLEY GARDENS in Surrey. The visit is timed to see the Annual Flower and Produce show, which is one of the top National shows. Wisley is famous for its various garden displays and its large tropical and temperate glasshouse. It also has a very tempting plant centre!
Cost per person £20.00 which includes drivers gratuity. As the Gardening Club
is affiliated to the R.H.S. there is free entry to the gardens on this trip.
For both outings, Westrings coach will leave the Parish Hall promptly at 9.30 am, returning back to the Hall at between 5pm and 5.30pm (approx).To book for either or both trips ring Debbie on 01243 787157 or Brian on
01243 782729. Do come, and make new friends !