Howards Gardening Friends Day Trips 2012
we are currently trying to arrange the dates of our 2012 day trips. Unfortunately with a full calendar some months some of these days will need to be moved from their normal Wednesday so the following list is a provisional schedule to put in your diary in the hopes that you will be able to join us on this our 28th year of running Howard's Gardening Friends day trips.
April 25th (Wednesday) Bodnant Gardens North Wales
May 23rd (Wednesday) Kathy Browns Garden Hertfordshire
June13th (Wednesday) Two Gardens in cheshire
July 18th (Wednesday) The Royal Horticultural Society's Garden at Wisley
August15th (Wednesday) Two South Oxfordshire Gardens
September 14th (Friday) The Gardens of Gloucestershire
October 25th (Thursday) Combined with Ashood Garden Club) Westonbirt Arboretum
We are currently looking at a number of possible venues and would welcome suggestions from members on suitable itineraries and the possible proposal of moving the start time from 8.30 to 9.00am. I would welcome your views on this matter by e-mail, telephone call etc. One of the big problems with day trips is that gardens tend to look good over a relatively short period of our English summer making it difficult to find good gardens especially at the end of the season. I do plan to include some gardens as I researched this year in Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire. For 2012 we will have separate booking forms are available on a clipboard at each meeting in addition to the seasonal list but I will confirm venues and dates around Christmas time. Hopefully this will enable members to make their own adjustments to their personal requests for places on Howard's day trips and to keep it updated. As in the past I plan to continue phoning people shortly before the trip to advise them of final details or where there are insufficient numbers. I will be able to tell further in advance by this method but hopefully we should not have to cancel any of our trips.Following a talk in Solihull there is a very good chance of the U3A Central Solihull group joining us, enabling the use of a larger but considerably cheaper 49 seater possibly with pick ups in Solihull and then Kings Heath.
We are also experiencing similar problems with dates for departures from Ashwood Nurseries and the provisional schedule for those is as follows
April 26th (Thursday) Bodnant North Wales
May 24th (Thursday) The Gardens of Hertfordshire inc Stevington Manor
June 14th (Thursday) Two Cheshire Gardens
July 19th (Thursday) The Royal horticultural Society's Garden At Wisley
August 16th (Thursday) Two South Oxfordshire Gardens
September 13th (Thursday) The Gardens of Gloucestershire
October 25th (Thursday) combined with Howard's Gardening Club Westonbirt Arboretum
We expect to continue departures from Ashwood at 8.30am returning around 6.30pm each evening. All those from Ashwood attending day trips during 2011 will have received a letter around Christmas time inviting them to fill in a form requesting places for 2012 excursions and this are on a first come first served basis as most trips from Ashwood are oversubscribed substantially. We are willing to consider adding names and addresses to our waiting list on the understanding that you may be offered reserve places at short notice but then hopefully you will be would join our main body of regulars who have been participating in the Ashwood day trips since 1994.
To book places from Kings Heath or to request being added to the waiting list from Ashwood Nurseries please complete the form below clearly stating which outings and from which departure point you are contacting us about - thank you (using these email forms stops spammers harvesting email addresses!)