The garden is part of Windsor Great Park. The plan is to go by coach, have lunch at Savill followed by a guided tour of Valley Gardens, one of the many gardens in the park.
Lunch is not included in the price of the trip, but the cafe offers a wide menu, or alternatively you could bring picnic lunch.
The gardens were created by Sir Eric Savill in the 1930s and the Valley Gardens are part of “The Royal Landscape.” It is a woodland garden set beneath majestic trees with views to Virginia Water lake. There are over 200 acres of camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias and many other flowering trees and shrubs that provide the spring display we hope to enjoy. There are a large number of interesting trees, among which are a number of Betula utilis jacquemontii “Grayswood Ghost”. As its common name suggests, this birch produces striking, ghostly white bark. In fact, Valley Gardens holds the National Collection of all the Betula utilis varieties.
The coach will collect and return passengers at two points, so you can choose which suits you best. The first boarding will be at 9am at Stop 24, M20 junction 11, where all day parking will cost £6. The second boarding will be at approx 9.30am at The Mercure, Hollingbourne ME17 1RE.
COST: The day trip cost is £35 excluding lunch.
If you would like to go on this trip, numbers are limited, so please check availability by calling Paul Smallwood on 01303 813198 or email Debbie Burton firstname.lastname@example.org.