Visits, Walks and Talks

Visit to a Sculptor's Garden in Eyam, Derbyshire

Events and Visits April to September 2024
18th - 21st April- RHS Urban Show at Mayfield Park, Manchester. Events Team members will be there on Thursday 18th April in the morning. Advance tickets are available from the RHS website.  
Wednesday 22nd May - Cheshire Gardens Trust 20th Anniversary Garden Visit and AGM at Arley Hall
Tuesday 28th May 2pm - a visit to Bankhead, Barnhill, near Chester 
Thursday 13th June 2pm - a visit to the heuchera nursery, Plantagogo, near Crewe  
Wednesday 17th July 2pm - a return visit to Laskey Farm, Thelwall 
Thursday 8th August 2pm  - a visit to Norley Bank Farm near Frodsham, 

 Wednesday 21st August Afternoon Garden Party, Ashton Grange, Ashton Hayes

Thursday 12th September 11am . Visit to The Palm House, Sefton Park

All the details and booking arrangements will be emailed or mailed  to members 

All best wishes from the Events Team 

Wednesday 22nd May
CGT 20th Anniversary. Garden Tour and AGM Wednesday 22nd May 1.30pm

Wednesday 22<sup>nd</sup> May<div style='margin: 5px 0px;'><span>CGT 20<sup>th</sup> Anniversary. Garden Tour and AGM Wednesday 22<sup>nd</sup> May 1.30pm<span></div>

Arley Hall & Gardens, Arley, Northwich, CW9 6NA

We are so pleased to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the founding of the Cheshire Gardens Trust 

CGT is marking the anniversary by the holding of two events: 

Wednesday 22nd May: A return to Arley Hall and Gardens, the home of Lord and Lady Ashbrook, for a guided garden tour, followed by the 20th Annual General Meeting in the Olympia Suite.   Many of you are very familiar with the beautiful, award- winning gardens, having visited Arley on many occasions. Within Arley’s 8 acres of formal garden, there are many different areas, each of which with its own distinctive character. Beyond the Chapel is The Grove, a well-established arboretum and woodland walk of about another 6 or 7 acres. (
On 22nd May Lord and Lady Ashbrook are thrilled that we are holding our anniversary event at Arley.  Peter Hughes, the Chair of the Gardens Trust, is also delighted to be joining us for this celebratory event. Head Gardener, Gordon Baillie, and Lord Ashbrook will be proudly guiding us around the splendid gardens.  After the garden tour, refreshments of tea and cake will be available in the Olympia suite, to be followed by the Annual General Meeting. 

Cost: £20 (includes garden entry, guided garden tour, refreshment, and parking) 

Event Contact: Margaret Blowey 
Mobile:  07808 297465
Please note that the Annual General Meeting papers will be sent to all members in a separate circulation. If you are unable to take the garden tour and wish to attend the AGM only, please email Margaret Blowey (

 Wednesday 21st August: A garden party for CGT Members and friends at Ashton Grange, Grange Road, Ashton Hayes, Chester, the home of our Treasurer Martin Slack and his wife Kate. 

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at these celebratory events. We are pleased to provide you with the details of the first event.
All best wishes, from the Events Team.  
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Tuesday 28th May
A visit to Bankhead, Tuesday 28th May 2pm-4pm

Tuesday 28<sup>th</sup> May<div style='margin: 5px 0px;'><span>A visit to Bankhead, Tuesday 28<sup>th</sup> May 2pm-4pm<span></div>

Bankhead, Old Coach Road, Barnhill, Chester, CH3 9JL

This is an opportunity to visit a garden new to us. It has only just started to open through the National Garden Scheme. It is a well- established garden, wrapped around a Victorian house, built in 1864.  You enter along a long drive, with well-established rhododendrons leading up to the house. The house was originally a farm and then the dower house for Bolesworth.  It is set in two acres of terraced gardens, much of it original with terraced walls and saddle stones, set above a large Japanese style pond with an island in the middle with rhododendrons and azaleas. Above the terraces there are paved areas and lawn, again bordered with rhododendrons and other flowering shrubs. It should look stunning in May. The lawn will have seating for teas/coffees/cake.
In addition there is a greenhouse, vegetable area, a beautiful rose garden and herbaceous borders.

 N.B Maximum numbers will be 25, possibly 30 if we let them know well in advance, so book early

Cost £10 per person, including tea, coffee and home made cake

Event Contact: Julia Whitfield, Tel. 01925 650237 email
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Thursday 13th June
A visit to Plantagogo, Jubilee Cottage Nursery, Snape Lane, Englesea Brook, Crewe, CW2 5QN

Thursday 13<sup>th</sup> June<div style='margin: 5px 0px;'><span>A visit to Plantagogo, Jubilee Cottage Nursery, Snape Lane, Englesea Brook, Crewe, CW2 5QN <span></div>

Thursday 13th June 2024 2pm

Plantagogo  Jubilee Cottage Nursery is a specialist award winning nursery for Heuchera, Heucheralla  and Tierella (See
Vicky and Richard Fox established the nursery in1990. Vicky had grown up at the family nursery, A.T. Yates and Son, in Somerford, and Richard was from a family farm nearby.
Jubilee Cottage Nursery is still only 1 acre in extent, started initially as a hobby for Vicky and Richard. It now holds the National Collections of heucheras, heucherallas and tierellas.  
Vicky and Richard started to attend flower shows in 2000, mainly to promote the Plantagogo internet sales as they could see this was the future. In 2007, they decided to go into the floral marquees and have subsequently won many gold medals at Chelsea, including the coveted RHS gold medal celebrating 100 years of RHS. 
Vicky and Richard only sell plants that they would like to receive. The nursery is 100% peat free and recycles as much as possible. 

Cost £10 per person, including tea, coffee and homemade cake

Event Contact: Jackie Cawte email:
mobile: 07840173096
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