Outing Report 2018 Breezy Knees
Long Eaton & District Horticultural Society Outing to Breezy Knees Gardens & Sheffield Botanical Gardens.
On another hot summer day, we set off, our first stop being the Breezy Knees, award winning gardens. We were informed that the gardens started life as arable farmland, purchased by enthusiastic amateur gardeners, with no training in garden design. All the land contained was a line of oak trees, no hedges, which made it very exposed. Hence the unusual name! This is a garden all about the plants, very little hard landscaping, beautifully laid out, but over the years having evolved into one of the largest gardens in the north of England, containing over 7,000 species of plants, shrubs and trees. There were many points of interest, including the rose and rock gardens, the fountains, sculptures and pristine, well filled borders. These have been planted to give a succession of colour from May, through to September, and in spite of the very hot weather and lack of rain (they do not water!) the garden was at its best. There was a well stocked nursery specialising in perennials, which gave our members the chance to indulge in a little retail therapy, time to visit the excellent tea room for lunch, then on the our next destination.
Sheffield Botanical Gardens is a 19 acre public park, originally started in 1833 this has retained many of the original features, including a recently restored stunning glass pavilion. The park is on a sloping aspect, consisting of 13 different garden areas, each on a different theme, containing many native and exotic plants and includes the national collection of both Weigelas and Diervilla. As it is situated in the middle of a residential area, it is obviously well used by the public, a lovely place, not only to cycle, picnic or just meander, but whilst we were there, we were treated to a couple of newly weds, using the park as a backdrop for their wedding photographs. All in all, a truly wonderful day out.
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