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June 26, 2018 - June 27, 2018

GMG Visit to Bluebell Cottage Gardens and Nursery and Arley Hall & Gardens

Bluebell Cottage GardensWe will be visiting two beautiful but very different gardens on this GMG visit to Cheshire.

First stop is Bluebell Cottage Gardens and its adjacent nursery at Dutton near Warrington, owned and managed by Sue Beesley, a former BBC Gardener of the Year, starting at 10.30am. Entered through an orchard that is carpeted with wildflowers, Sue's private garden has wide borders planted with bold perennials; peer through the hedge and you may spot canal boats gliding past. The newly-extended gravel garden is filled with drought-resistant plants, while the large pond is a haven for frogs, newts and damselflies. Beyond that is the vegetable plot (complete with chickens) and a shade garden.

Sue will give us a guided tour of the garden and tell us how it was developed. There will also, of course, be time to browse through her excellent nursery, which stocks more than 700 varieties of perennials. She is generously providing a complimentary light lunch for us.

Arley Hal GardensAfter lunch, we will head 25 minutes down the road to Arley Hall and Gardens. Created over 250 years by successive generations of the same family, the gardens are most famous for the superb herbaceous borders, believed to be the first of their kind to be planted in England. There are eight acres of formal gardens in all and we will be shown around them by Arley's owner Lord Ashbrook and Head Gardener Gordon Baillie. Our visit at Arley will end at around 5pm following afternoon tea.

This visit is free to GMG members; there is a £15 charge for non-members. There are no restrictions on photography.

To book your place on this exciting visit, please contact Mandy @ GMG Admin as soon as possible.

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