Bexhill Horticultural Society - May 23

MEMBERS of the society thoroughly enjoyed their outing to the Valley Gardens at Virginia Water on the May 15. The coach ride to Runnymede, through beautiful countryside was just the start of a full programme arranged by our outings organiser, Stuart Wood.

Passing the memorials to the RAF and to John F. Kennedy, we arrived at the boathouse to board our boat for a trip through Windsor whilst enjoying lunch served by the splendid crew. The skipper kept us informed about the sights we were passing, including a marvellous Victorian pinnace, beautiful water birds such as herons, grebes and kingfishers, and interesting riverbank properties, whilst in the distance Eton College and Windsor Castle were seen.

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Lunch over, we returned to the boathouse to our coach and made the short trip to the Valley Gardens. Masses of azaleas and rhododendrons in full bloom were a sight to behold and a very pleasant afternoon was spent wandering at will in this tranquil setting.

Afternoon tea was taken in the very modern garden centre and tea rooms, designed with a geodetic roof.

Despite a foreboding weather forecast, the climate was kind to us and we returned to Bexhill at 7.30pm, expressing our thanks to Stuart Wood for another highly successful outing.