The Garden Interest Group is a sub-group of the Nottingham Centre especially for those members who have a particular interest in visiting gardens, including some that are not normally open to the public. Membership of the Garden Interest Group is open to all members of the Nottingham Centre on payment of a small additional subscription. If you are interested in joining the Group, details are printed in our newsletters or you can request information via the Contact tab above.
Visits planned for 2019 include the following:-
Tuesday 25th June – A visit to a private garden in Mapperley Park. It is an extended garden with colour-themed borders, a large greenhouse displaying pelargoniums, and vegetable and cutting gardens. There will be plants available to purchase on the day.
Thursday 18th July – A visit to Rhubarb Farm, near Mansfield. This is not actually a farm, but is a 2-acre social enterprise garden which provides training and volunteering opportunities for approx. 50 people, some with physical and mental ill health and learning disabilities. There are 52 varieties of organically grown fruit and vegetables (including rhubarb!). All produce is for sale when in season, including the eggs laid by 100 hens. There are three 65-foot polytunnels, willow domes and willow arches, a sensory garden, and a comfrey bed.
Wednesday 7th August – A visit to a ‘tropical garden’ on a south-facing slope near Bottesford. There is exotic planting as you enter the garden, with a gentle incline leading to glasshouses dedicated to various climatic zones, interspersed with more exotic planting. Although on a slope, there is plenty to enjoy from a wheelchair.
Wednesday 11th September – The Group is organising a coach outing (open to all members of the Centre) to Helmsley Walled Garden in Yorkshire. The garden is a 5 acre, 250 year-old walled garden (fully accessible by wheelchair) that sits beneath the imposing ruins of Helmsley Castle (English Heritage), all within the market town of Helmsley, which has been described as picture-perfect, with a wide range of independently-owned shops. The town, garden and castle are all within easy walking distance of each other.
This page will be updated as and when details of other garden visits become available.