Garden Visits

Contact:- Annie Singer 
Phone: 01208 871272 
Email:   annie.singer
 "AT" talk21"DOT"com or CLICK HERE

Programme of visits for 2018

Members will be notified by e-mail of the precise details of each visit, at least two weeks in advance.




Contact details


14th - 16th AprilRHS Cardiff Spring Flower ShowWilliams Travel (from £249)01209 717152
 19th April - 2.00pmGuided walk around LanhydrockCarol


01208 871077
 9th MayMoyclare Garden, LiskeardSue Lutmer01208 873741
12th and 13th MayMalvern Flower ShowOmega Travel (from £140)0330 013 0145
Wednesday 6th JuneAnvil Cottage and WindmillsAnnie


01208 871272

 18th - 22nd June

Castles and  Gardens of Glorious Kent (from £295)  08432 244 222
 13th JulyWildside and the Garden HouseAnnie


01208 871272
 21st AugustEndleigh Gardens Nursery and John Mann's Gardens in Higher TrescottMargot Newby

01208 871742

SeptemberPenberthJenny McDonald


01208 873933
Saturday 13th OctoberStoen Lanes Gardnes and Andrew's Corner, DartmoorDelia Wallace


01208 77868
DecemberTrelissick Gardens IlluminationsGillian Hind


01208 873709

2018 reports

Report on visit of Tuesday 20th March 2018 to Ince Castle

Nineteen U3 members joined by twelve members of the Whitecross  and District Gardening Club made their way to Ince near Saltash on the first day of Spring.  As we drove into the property, we were greeted by a profusion of primroses and daffodils that grow either side of the long drive

Lady Boyd greeted us and gave us an introductory talk about the garden.   Her mother-in-law, Patricia, Viscountess Boyd née Guiness bought Ince Castle in 1960.  The present garden is almost entirely the design of Patricia, Lady Boyd, who was a very keen plantswoman and a vice president of the Cornwall Garden Society.   She made the formal garden on the south side of the house soon after moving there and the shell house was built in 1963.   Since moving to the house in 1994, the present Lord Boyd and his wife have flattened the lawn to the east of the house to improve the view of the river from the ground floor room and placed at the entrance of the forecourt the stone lions which were made to go on the Admiralty at the end of the Mall in London.  They also build the conservatory and the tennis court and removed the tarmac from the entrance front.

The snow that had fallen at the week-end had melted away but as that had been the second blast of the “Beast from the East” in three weeks, we knew that the garden might not be in its best condition.  Of course some of the camelia flowers had been damaged by the frost but the garden was as delightful as it was last year when two members of the group visited for the first time.  We were each provided with a map and this ensured that we did not miss any of the many features of the garden.  In the spring, the areas of the garden at their best are the snowdrop wood (snowdrops and cyclamens), the woodland garden (camellias and later on bluebells) and the spinney (daffodils, primroses, wood anemones, hyacinths and hellebores).   We were particularly impressed by the hellebores which grow on a wall in the spinney. 

In all seasons, a visit to the shell house and to the Bathing Pool by the river Lynher is a must.  Spend some time on the seat at the top at the Bowling  Green as it gives you a good view towards the river.  This is one of the things that make Ince Castle such a special garden to visit:  the views of the river Lynher and of the Devon countryside as far as Dartmoor.

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We enjoyed our customary tea and cake at the end of the visit with Lady Boyd available to answer any of our questions.  Sadly Ince Castle came on the market that very day.  If the new owners do not open the garden to the public as part of charities days or to groups like ours, we will be one of the last groups ever to visit the gardens.  What luck!

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Photo Credit: All photos by Lindsay Southgate


13th February 2018 update

We had a very fruitful planning meeting on Tuesday 23rd January (and a very pleasant lunch) and I take this opportunity to thank the 21 members of our group who met to produce a very detailed third draft of our 2018 programme of visits.  I also thank those members who did much research prior to our meeting.  I e-mailed/sent all members a document which I have put together following our meeting.  It contains much information and this will hopefully enable everybody to make informed decisions as to which gardens they would like to visit.  I have updated the grid below but I have not included all the details, as it would have looked too cumbersome.  Do not hesitate to contact me or the visit organisers for fuller details.


    Visit to Pencarrow House on Sunday 11th February

Nine hardy members of the Garden Visits Group met at Pencarrow House on Sunday afternoon on February 11th to visit the gardens and in particular, to see the snowdrops on the first of 'The Pencarrow Snowdrop Sundays', when the gardens are open to show the snowdrops at their best and the entrance is by donation for a particular charity. It was in aid of the dog charity Last Chance Hotel on the 11th and next week, February 18th it will be for Blood Bikes, who carry vital supplies of blood where it's needed in an emergency.

We arrived in glorious sunshine, which continued for most of the afternoon apart from a sudden shower of hail which took us all by surprise. Despite the sun it was very cold and in places quite windy, but that did not dampen our enthusiasm.

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The car park and house are at the bottom of a drive approx 1 mile long. Once parked you walk upwards towards the house, with parkland to the left and woods to the right of the drive. We were given a plan of the gardens with the areas of snowdrop planting highlighted. There are paths throughout and snowdrops could be seen from them but there were lots of clumps  around the base of trees and scatterings around the grass which merited a closer look. We followed the path to the top of the lake, noticing signs of Spring on the foliage of trees. There was a Salix with beautiful furry buds just appearing, which emphasised the name Pussy Willow by which most of us know it. There were also camellias in various stages of flowering, some still with tight buds, others in full flower. We had to retrace our steps as the path going back around the lake was rather steep and muddy. We cut across into the Italian garden in front of the house which has a beautiful circular lawn with a wide gravel path and planted with spring bulbs in flower beds at the side. We followed the path where we saw crocuses and narcissi along with more snowdrops. There was an area in the woods highlighted on the plan with more snowdrops but we were just too cold to go further, so sought out the tea room and had a warming drink.