This is a visit not to be missed, whether you are a keen gardener or a tree enthusiast! We are going to be treated to an exclusive talk on the history of the gardens.
Set in the heart of the Welsh Marches, Hergest Croft has stunning views towards the Black Mountains. Created over 120 years by the Banks family, the gardens have recently been taken over by Edward and Julia Banks, the fifth generation to be involved in the creation of this unique place. The collection includes over 5,000 rare plants, trees and shrubs, as well as more than 90 ‘champion’ trees (comparable to the National Arboretum at Westonbirt). There are gorgeous flower borders, an old fashioned Kitchen Garden, the Azalea Garden, Maple Grove and Park Wood.
We will meet at the Tea Rooms, situated in the Arts & Crafts house, where we will welcomed with tea and biscuits. This will be followed by a fascinating talk about the history of the estate and the creation of gardens over the years, since their inception in 1895. After this we will have a guided tour of the gardens surrounding the house before returning to the tea rooms for a light lunch.
Following lunch we will be able to enjoy a walk Park Wood where we will see the many trees that the Banks family have planted, along with Rhododendron Valley. This valley itself is home to an astonishing variety of rare trees and rhododendrons, flourishing in its benign microclimate.
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