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Purbeck Issue 62 for web

DAY TRIPS WISLEY RHS

DAY TRIPS WISLEY RHS Thursday 12th April Cost £30.00 members £32.00 non-members Start 8am Swanage Leave for return 4pm RHS Garden Wisley is the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society. At this time of year the spring bulbs should be in full bloom, as should the azaleas, rhododendrons and the alpine meadow. The RHS was given Wisley in 1903, at that time only a small part of the estate was actually cultivated as a garden, the remainder being wooded farmland. The original garden was the creation of George Fergusson Wilson. After Wilson's death in 1902, Oakwood and the adjoining Glebe Farm were bought by Sir Thomas Hanbury, a wealthy Quaker who had founded the celebrated garden of La Mortola, on the Italian Riviera. In 1903 Sir Thomas presented the Wisley estate in trust to the Society for its perpetual use. When we arrive at the garden an experienced and fully trained guide will take us on a 60 minute tour showcasing the garden highlights. The gardens are accessible and there is a recommended wheelchair route from the entrance. However some areas - such as the Rock Garden - have limited access. Six powered mobility scooters are available to hire free of charge at the garden entrance. Please call 01483 224234 in advance to reserve a scooter for your visit. There is also a buggy ride which is free, and runs from 10am to 3pm each day. It starts from the edge of the Conifer Lawn and runs continuously around the garden, taking approximately 30 minutes to complete a circuit - there is a pause in service at lunchtime. There are several places within the gardens to eat and drink. The Terrace Room, and the Food Hall serve main meals. There are also the Glass House, the Coffee Shop and the Honest Sausage, although the latter’s opening is dependent on the weather. Closing and cheque date 28th March 2018 Organiser Jill Benwell 8

HAMPTON COURT PALACE Tuesday 22nd May Cost £45.00 members £47.00 non-members Start 8am Swanage Arrive Swanage at 7.30pm approx. Hampton Court is the most famous Palace in England, having been home to the flamboyant King Henry Vlll. There is so much to do and see including the magnificent gardens and maze. Many new attractions have been added in the last few years, including a unique re-creation of the Imperial Crown in the Royal Pew. The palace admission ticket includes access to an audio tour of Hampton Court Palace. There are three places to eat in the palace—The Tiltyard café is self service, the Privy Kitchen for soup and snacks and the Fountain Court which is a waitress service restaurant. It should be an exciting place to visit. Wear comfortable shoes, and enjoy yourself. Closing and cheque date 8th May 2018 Organiser Jean Fernley 9

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