Wednesday 10 July 2019
Barnsdale Gardens, Oakham, Rutland; & Stamford
Wednesday 10 July
For many of us Geoff Hamilton and Barnsdale were highlights of our TV week, from 1979 right through to Geoff’s untimely death in 1996. He was an inspiration for many gardeners and as you wander around Geoff’s gardens – which are set in the middle of Barnsdale’s lovely grounds – I am sure that it will be a lovely trip down ‘Memory Lane’. But that is only part of what the visit has in store. Nick, Geoff’s son, has worked hard to expand the nursery and add his own gardens from his many award-winning designs. In fact Barnsdale was awarded number one in the best one hundred Gardens in 2018. In July it should be an absolute picture. With Britain’s largest collection of individually-designed gardens, Barnsdale is teeming with great ideas. Make sure that you leave time for a break in the lovely tea shop with its delicious, locally -sourced food and drinks, made fresh every day, all year round.
You will be spoilt for choice at the plant centre too where you will find many unusual offerings. There will be lots of room in the boot of the coach for those tempting plants that just happen to jump into your basket!!
Just 15 minutes away is Stamford which is widely regarded as one of the finest stone towns in England. The pretty facades of the town are favourites with film and television producers – Stamford was used as Meryton in the 2005 Pride & Prejudice film and has also appeared in Middlemarch, The Da Vinci Code and The Golden Bowl. We will have about an hour and a half for a taster visit to experience Stamford’s charm, character and outstanding shops and eateries.
The total cost of the trip is £46.50 per person. This includes all coach travel and entry into Barnsdale. Please send a £15 non-refundable deposit per person when booking. The coach will leave Shrewsbury at 9am approximately and return about 7pm. The exact timings will be confirmed 7 days before travel.