MPG AGM via Zoom

Wednesday 26 June 5.30pm for 6pm

Our AGM meeting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday 26 June at 6pm, open to all members. The first 30 minutes or so will allow the committee to update members on MPG business, activities and plans. Following this more formal part of the session you can then relax and enjoy an interesting talk from this year’s guest speaker Noel Kingsbury.

Arundel Castle and its gardens

Thursday 27 June 2024

A morning guided tour of the award-winning gardens, including roses, stumpery, water features, kitchen garden and glasshouses, will be followed by afternoon entry to the castle. Lunch will be available in the coffee shop/restaurant after the garden. Approximate timings: 10.15am – 4.30pm. Cost: £32 per person. A car park opposite costs £5 for the day. Trains from London Victoria are twice hourly, the best timing being 08.35 – 10.02. A lift can be arranged for a limited number arriving on this train to make the three-minute car journey, or a taxi costs between £5 and £7.

Cheshire summer garden tour

Monday 8 – Thursday 11 July 2024

Our 2024 summer trip is to Cheshire, where we will have the opportunity to visit a number of renowned gardens including Ness Botanic Gardens, Arley Hall, and RHS Bridgewater together with a variety of private gardens, not usually open to the public. We will stay at Nunsmere Hall, a delightful country house hotel, which was built for an Edwardian shipping magnate, and still retains some original features.  Booking is now open.

Serge Hill, Barn Garden and Plant Library Visit, Hertfordshire

Thursday 25 July 2024

We will be visiting the gardens of the Stuart-Smith family – home of the landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith, his wife Sue and sister Kate. The gardens have been developed significantly in recent years, and now include a new Plant Library, with more than 1500 varieties of mainly herbaceous plants laid out on a grid system through which you can walk to study them. Serge Hill itself is next door, set in parkland with a walled garden planted by Kate Stuart-Smith, Tom’s sister.


Newt Hotel and garden near Castle Cary Somerset

Tuesday 20 August 2024

This extensive garden in Somerset is the former ancestral home of the Hobhouse family. Now a hotel with gardens that are developing, we are pleased to offer a full day there, the garden is normally only open to members or RHS members on set days.

The grounds are extensive and will require walking between garden spaces, so good mobility is essential to enjoy this day.

The cost of the day is £61 for RHS member and £81 for non-members inclusive of lunch and coffee.

Autumn bulbs of Lycia

Sunday 20 – Sunday 27 October 2024

We plan to offer a one-week tour in south-west Turkey staying in Kalkan, Cirali and Side. There will be visits to Simena, Phaselis and Termessos, for the wild flora as well as for their history. Members should see Colchicum stevenii (shown in the picture), C. boissieri, C. variegatum, C. sanguicolle, purple-throated Crocus mathewii with white C. cancellatus subsp. lycius, also Sternbergia clusiana and many cyclamen. The leader will be Başak Gardner one of the guides on our April 2023 tour in Croatia.