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Summer Garden Visit Wednesday 27th June 2007
We arranged some delightful private visits for our members to three gardens in Gloucestershire, in the Cirencester area. They had much to interest rose devotees, especially the National Collection of Rambler Roses held at Moor Wood.
Morning visit was to Rodmarton Manor – Mr. & Mrs. Simon Biddulph Situated between Cirencester and Tetbury Off A433.
This is a highly original garden, with many different areas within it. The roses are planted within the kitchen garden and form a relatively new collection of old and scented roses. There are many interesting plants; alpines in the trough garden and sumptious double herbaceous borders.
Lunch was either taken at the recommended Bathurst Arms not far from the gardens or members brought a picnic.
The afternoon visit was to Cotswold Farm , Mrs. Mark Birchall, (where a home-made tea was available) with its lovely setting, Norman Jewson terrace, mixed borders and a good selection of shrub roses.
Our final visit was to Moor Wood, Woodmancote, where Mr. and Mrs. Henry Robinson hold the National Collection of rambler roses. The entrance charge is to be donated to a cancer charity.
The charges for attending were £15 per person for the three visits including a small admin charge for the HRG but excluding lunch and tea where available.