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Following suggestions from some of the participants on the Society’s recent trip to RHS Wisley, we are considering an additional coach outing this year.

With that in mind, we have been looking at visiting

Loseley House and Gardens on Monday 28 August
Situated near Guildford in the Surrey Hills ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, it appears to have plenty to attract our members.

The links below give details:

Unfortunately it is not an RHS property (which we can only visit once a year for free entrance anyway) so we will need to pay an entrance fee.  This is just £8.50 at Group Rate and includes the House and grounds as well as the garden.

Inevitably, the coach prices creep up a little for this distance and date, but once again Shaukat has once again obtained a reasonable price.

The total cost per person may be around £23.00 and we are looking ascertain your interest and judge whether this visit would be viable.  We would be most grateful if you could respond as soon as possible as the coach would have to be booked without delay, and we would also need to advise the venue as the number of coaches admitted may well be limited on the bank holiday.

N.B. This offer is only available to members. If you are not currently a member, you may join for £3.50 which will cover you and your household to 30/09/2017.

Please contact Patt Trigg by email via outings@ickenham-horticultural.org.uk to book your place(s) and for payment instructions.


Bowes-Lyon rose garden at Wisley

We have a vacancy for Social Secretary to take over arranging trips out. If you can help, please email enquiries@ickenham-horticultural.org.uk

See below for reports of previous outings.

Wisley Monday 2nd May 2016
Below are some photos from our visit to Wisley in May 2016. We hope to see you on this year's visit, Monday 1st May. Booking details are above.





Wonderful Wisley

Our outing to RHS Garden Wisley on Sunday 26th August 2012 was blessed with glorious weather and our timing on the day could not have been better: we enjoyed clear roads in both directions and sailed into the coach park and the gardens without a hiccup.

The gardens themselves were lovely, enhanced by the Surrey Sculpture Trail exhibition that had just started showing.

It had been a few years since many of our party had visited the gardens and new features such as the Queen Mother's rose garden - still in full bloom - drew much praise, as did the amazing Glasshouse.

In the RHS' words:

'Entering the Glasshouse is like walking into a jungle - tree ferns, tall palms, lush-leaved creepers and dazzling flower displays give an air of expectation and drama. There are three interlinked zones: dry temperate and moist temperate (adjacent spaces within the main area of the glasshouse), and a tropical zone overlooking the lake at the front.'

New College Oxford

Oxford Visit Sunday 13th May 2012.
What a day. The heavens smiled, for it was a brilliant day - sunny, little breeze and not too crowded in Oxford.
We left on time at 9 a.m. and arrived in Oxford with ten minutes to spare before meeting the guide.

Then we were off to see some of the Colleges. In the first hour and a half with the guide, he made us aware of Oxford’s rich history and fabulous architecture, as well as its origin as a seat of learning.

After that we were free to visit the many lovely places that Oxford has to offer, such as the Botanical Gardens, Bodleian Library, museums, etc., or to return to the Colleges for an in-depth visit.

Exhausted, we left Oxford at 3.30 p.m. and, on the return journey, Doreen Williams even organised a quick prize-draw, (what would we do without her?). The prize was the cost of the trip.

The timing of the coach was excellent, and we were back in Ickenham at 4.30 p.m.

Shaukat Manji

VISIT TO CHARTWELL, Sunday 23 May 2010  Family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill.



Chartwell delighted us with its amazing history of Sir Winston Churchill, his political life, his private studio and of course the vegetable garden. To top it all, we had wonderful weather. Our arrival we were met by the NT representative, giving us a brief background to the House and Gardens. Then it was to the House to experience the life and times of Sir Winston Churchill.
After lunch, it was to the Gardens, the vegetable gardens and of course the studio, where Sir Winston painted stills.
It being a hot day, the 3pm departure time arrived none too soon, we left for home, and fortunately with the motorway being accident-free, we arrived at about 4:30pm.