Welcome to our 2017 Trips season. We have the full complement of 5 day trips for you this year thanks to Jan Morgan, Heather Hayter, Gill Sadler, Sally and Doug Outram and Angela Armstrong who have all volunteered again.We are delighted to welcome back Annette Wood who ran a wonderful trip for us back in 2012 and is stepping into the breach left by Josette Fox who has family commitments this summer. Thank you, Josette for the super trip last summer to two stunning gardens in East Sussex.Bookings for April May and June are being taken now as is the Away Trip to the lovely gardens of Nottinghamshire. Details below. August and September contacts and details will be in the April newsletter and on this website.
Updated 17th July 2017
Angela Baldry 01243 372253 Away Trips Organiser and Day trips Co-ordinator
OUT AND ABOUT WITH THE EHS
HOW TO BOOK1.Phone the Trips Organiser to check availabilityo(For the June trip Email is the preferred option. Only phone if you are not on email)2.Date your cheque for the DAY OF THE TRIP, payable to EHS.3.Send your cheque to the address in the Newsletter within a week of your booking to confirm it.If outside the PO 10 area and you are NOT on email then please send a SAE approx. 9” x 4” which is for the Itinerary for the Day which you will receive 2 weeks before the Trip.Do support the efforts the team makes to give you a wonderful day out at best possible price.
Champs Hill, Lewes and Marchants Hardy Plants - August 10th 2017 - £27.50
Celebrating the 40th year of opening, Champs Hill has been developed around three, disused sand quarries since 1960. There are woodlands, a vast collection of heathers (over 300 cultivars), flower borders, interesting sculptures throughout the garden and stupendous views. Also included is a viewing of the wonderful collection of art in the music room.Next we visit Southover Grange Gardens in Lewes where we will stop for lunch.In the afternoon we visit Graham and Lucy's lovely garden and plant nursery at Marchants Hardy Plants near Lewes. The garden itself is superbly designed and diversely planted. It has appeared in all major periodicals and papers as well as on television in the BBC's 'Flying Gardener' series. The plant nursery has gained recognition as one of the leading small nurseries in the country.One of my favourite gardens.Cost : £27.50 to include morning coffee and afternoon tea.Please contact Annette Wood on 01243 378482 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org book your place
Emsworth Horticultural Trip to the Isle of Wight – Ventnor Botanical Gardens and Quarr AbbeyWe gathered at Bridge Road Car Park early on Tuesday 27thJune on a day that promised rain by lunchtime. We made excellent time to the Isle of Wight Ferry and were able to get an earlier sailing. It was sunny and got more so as we reached our destination. A sea crossing is always such a ‘holiday’ experience and trips to the island feel like going abroad. No wonder the IOW wants independence!!We were early for Ventnor so visited Godshill for a quick stop. This village has many attractions but in the summer it is very crowded and would probably be better appreciated at another time - but lovely thatched cottages, tearooms and lots to see and do.We arrived at Ventnor, split into two groups and set off with guides to explore. After the storms of 1987, when 500 trees were lost the whole site was reconstructed into Geographical Zones to grow plants as they would be in the wild and enable observations to be made on climate change.The Herb and Medicinal Garden was full of lovely aromas from culinary and medicinal plants, (sorrels, gingers, herbs) fibre and decorative plants and cash crops. The Australia (New South Wales) and New Zealand areas have been developed by the present Curator Chris Kidd, (son of our local broadcaster Brian Kidd). Here we saw magnificent ferns and rare plants. The Palm Gardens – tall impressive trees, one of four seedlings given to Queen Victoria by plant collector Robert Fortune - the ‘Chusan Palm’ Trachyocarpus fortunei, one of the oldest palms in the UK. The Mediterranean Garden is a south facing with tall, triffid like Echiums triffids which you almost expect to march before you and many aromatic herbs and shrubs.The Arid Garden had large Agaves, Prickly Pear cacti in flower and covered in bees, Aloes and Puya. Wonderful leaf shapes and spiral patterns. They flower freely out of doors in the hot climate.There are many other parts to see and you need a full day to explore. I do not walk too well but I managed and there are lots of benches to rest and view. Some parts are still being developed and a full guide book is in preparation. At the moment there are information leaflets with a map. It is well worth a visit. Lunch was good.On the way to the ferry we visited Quarr Abbey, originally a Cistercian monastery destroyed by Henry VIII in the Dissolution. A new abbey was built of red Belgian bricks from 1907 - 1914 and now has 8 Benedictine monks in residence. It rained from 4pm so we were lucky with the weather. Our thanks to Doug and Sally Outram for a very informative and enjoyable dayJan Butler