South coast of England, 29 July - 2 August 2010

Five days, five gardens, a castle, a railway and an elegant south coast resort.
Our first stop was Loseley Park Garden near Guildford.


loseley park
Loseley Park
white garden
The white garden
veg garden
The vegetable garden
flower garden
The flower garden
sculpture
Sculpture in the garden


pier
Our accommodation was in Eastbourne.
promenade
All along the promenade were interesting and effective plantings.
flowerbed
Opinions were divided about the bedding scheme.
bandstand
The bandstand was the venue for a concert by an Abba tribute band, a nostalgic occasion and reason to let their hair down for some members of the group.


The highlight of the garden at King John's Lodge was tea on the lawn.
tea 1tea 2
tea 3tea 4
tea 5pond


Merriments is an immaculate and beautifully designed garden attached to a nursery.
blue seatpigeonhouse
our leadershot bed


Pashley Manor gardens are built on an undulating site around an old house.
pashleyborderslily
statue on seatformal gardenveg plot


Happy holiday-makers!
three on a benchtwo on a bench


Bodiam Castle
castlegroup


A trip on the Kent and East Sussex Railway
trainengine
bodiam
Beginning and end of the line.
tenterden
station master
Tony takes charge.
guard


We made a brief stop to admire the old town of Rye. Then it's back on the coach and off again.
churchyardold housebus


On the way home a stop was made at Beachy Head.
beachy head


Our final garden was RHS Wisley.
glasshouse
The new glasshouse.
sunflowers
A cheerful end to a great trip!