Ceredigian Horticultural Society has invited any Cothigardener members who would like to, to join them on any of their Summer trips. Dates and information are below.


Each year our organizers find a wide variety of public and private gardens within a day’s journey from Aberystwyth. The summer schedule always includes an evening visit to a local garden with dinner at a nearby hotel. Suggestions for future venues are welcome. Both R J Jones Coaches & Trafnidiaeth Ystwyth Bus depart from Aberystwyth Long Stay Car Park opposite the Police Station. Pickups are negotiable en route: contact Outings Organiser John Wildig. A deposit is required for most trips. Further details are in the Spring issue of Spadework and on a pdf at Daytrip_Details_17. Non-members are welcome. Click on the link to download & print a DAYTRIPS_BOOKING_FORM_17 here.

1. Sunday 30 April
Long Stay Car Park
Afternoon Visit to Gelli Uchaf, Rhydcymerau, Carms. maximum 30 people
Estimated Cost £12.00   Deposit £5 Estimated return 6.30pm
2. Wednesday 10 May
8 am
Long Stay Car Park
Swansea: the Clyne Gardens & Penllergare Coffee stop at Pont Abraham & optional lunch Penllergaer can be pre-booked. Estimated return 7.30pm. Estimated cost: £15.50 Deposit £10
3. Thursday 15 June
8.30 am
Long Stay Car Park
Powys: Bodfach &
Bryn y Llidiart 
Estimated return 7.30pm. Estimated cost £27. Optional pre-booked lunch at Stumble Inn £37 Deposit £10
4. Thursday 6 July 
8 am
Long Stay Car Park
Shropshire: Ruthall Manor & Dudmaston Hall National Trust members £22.50
Non-NT Members £31
Deposit £10
5. Wednesday 26 July
Arrive 5.30 pm Own Transport
Evening Visit: Ty Glyn Walled Garden & Dinner at Ty Glyn Hotel Meet at Walled Garden 5.30 Supper at 7.45pm. Estimated cost incl. 2 course supper £21. Deposit £5
6. Sunday 3 September 8am Long Stay Car Park
Chester Zoo Gardens Coffee stop at Welshpool. Range of cafes & restaurants at Zoo. Return 7.30pm Estimated cost £28-£30   Deposit £10.



Spadework  Spring 2017

Preview of the Six  CHS  2017 Summer Outings

  1. A Sunday Afternoon visit to the Garden Impressionists

Gelli Uchaf —Rhydcymerau , Saturday 30th April

Many members will remember with pleasure the talk that Julian and Fiona Wormald gave to the Society some winters ago. Afterwards several members asked us to take a trip there. This well worth visiting one acre garden, compliments a C17 Longhouse and 11 acre small holding in a stunning, difficult to access, location. It is very much a Spring Garden and there will be much to see and enjoy. Our visit will conclude with tea and cakes.

We have a limit of 30 places on this trip as we will be using mini buses

  1. A Spring trip to Swansea to the Clyne Gardens and Penllergare –Wednesday 10th May

There will be an optional pub lunch available at the Old Inn,  Penllergaer , but this will have to be booked in advance.  We will be stopping at Pont Abraham, on the way down for coffee

The Clyne Gardens are a must in May, extending to 19 hectares of land with over 2,000 different plants including more than 800 rhododendrons for which the gardens are renowned. Clyne holds National Collections of Pieris, Enkianthus and Rhododendrons. Due to the cool, wet and temperate local climate many plants thrive here not normally considered hardy for its latitude. The gardens have extensive bog gardens, home to giant Elephant Rhubarb Gunnera manicata and American skunk cabbage. On arrival the supervisor for Clyne Gardens, Teifion Davies, will give us an introductory talk prior to leading us on a guided tour.

By contrast Penllergare, with its lakes and waterfalls, terraces, panoramic views, exotic trees and shrubs, is a forgotten Victorian paradise which is being slowly restored and brought back to life by the Penllergare Trust.
The new car park and visitor centre, opened in September 2013 near to  J47 of the M4, provides simple facilities for visitors including toilets, information and a small cafe with stunning views from the cafe terrace to the upper lake. From here, visitors can enjoy over 12km of walks including along the Carriage Drive to the now demolished former home of the Dillwyn Llewelyn family, and also down into the gorge where the family created the upper lake with a stunning man made waterfall. Paths and tracks lead on down alongside the Afon Llan as it meanders its way to Fforest fach.. Jennie Eyers, a long serving trustee of the Penllergare Trust, who from the beginning of the restoration work, has been responsible for the Trust’s community engagement and education programmes, will meet us and lead us round a very special place. Refreshments can be purchased from the cafe, prior to our departure.

  1. A Midsummer Day in rural Powys ; visiting Bodfach Hall, Llanfyllin and Bryn y Llidiart, Cefn Coch , Llanrhaeadr y Mochnant .   Thursday 15th June .

There will be an optional buffet lunch at the highly recommended Stumble Inn, Llanfyllin this will have to be booked in advance

Bodfach Hall only opens occasionally to the public and we are very fortunate to be able to visit it.  On arrival we will be welcomed by Simon and Maggie Baynes, and enjoy refreshments. It is a large garden which  recently had a new formal garden added, and to get a flavour of a fantastic garden, google Bodfach Hall and look at the Bodfach Trust pages.  On departing Bodfach we make our way to the Stumble Inn for our lunch break. After which we make our way to:-

Bryn y Llidiart, featured on a recent BBC Gardeners World , and is an exposed hill side garden on south facing lee of the Berwyns. Christine Scott will be giving us an introductory talk on arrival . There are breath taking views from the garden where lush plantings around the longhouse merge into wildflower meadows . There is a bog garden, new pond, welsh fruit orchard and vegetable garden in what are described as unique surroundings. We will enjoy tea and cakes before our departure for home.

  1. A July day in Rural Shropshire visiting Ruthall Manor, Ditton Priors and Dudmaston Hall, Quott ———Thursday 6th July.

A buffet lunch has been organised for the whole party at Ruthall Manor.

Ruthall Manor where we will enjoy coffee and scones in arrival, after which Mr and Mrs G T Clarke will welcome us and give an introduction to their garden. This is offset by a mature collection of specimen trees, and divided into intimate sections, carefully linked by winding paths. The front lawn flanked by striking borders, extends to a gravel, art garden and ha-ha. Clematis and roses scramble through an eclectic collection of wrought-iron work, unique pottery and secluded seating. A  stunning horse pond features primulas, iris and bog plants. We will be enjoying a buffet lunch in the garden before we make our way to Dudmaston Hall

Dudmaston Hall

This National Trust property lies in attractive Shropshire Country side and has been a family home for some 875 years, with enchanting  woodland, sweeping gardens and a house with a surprise. We are concentrating on the gardens and will have a welcome and tour from one of the guides. The Gardens have year round appeal and many different varieties of plants and a landscape leading across the big pond to the Shropshire Hills. There are herbaceous borders, rose border, bog garden and American borders. Refreshments will be available for purchase in the Orchard Tearoom, described as the perfect place to relax. For more stunning views and the opportunity to get close to nature, the Big Pool and Dingle wood are recommended.

  1. Evening visit to the Ty Glyn Walled Garden followed by Supper at the Ty Glyn Hotel —Wednesday 26th July

Ty Glyn Walled Garden needs little introduction here as many of you will have heard Janine Thompson’s talk to the society pre Christmas. Since her talk, Janine has moved on and we will be looked after by the new gardener. After the visit we move up the lane to the adjacent Ty Glyn Hotel where a two course supper will be awaiting us

  1. A Day trip to see the magnificent Gardens of Chester Zoo

-Sunday 3rd September

This will be a longish day and we are arranging a break for refreshments on the way up.

The gardens at Chester Zoo cover 125 acres and have many items of interest; there is a series of gardens including a sunken garden containing the sculpture produced to celebrate the Queens Silver Jubilee ‘ Noah and the Four Winds’. A Zen Rock Garden reflecting the plant diversity of China and the Himalayan Mountain Range. Also ‘Glorious Grasses’ an ‘Enrichment Garden’ an ‘ Andean Garden’  and  a Garden reflecting Chester’s importance in Roman times. The Zoo is also home to   five National Plant Collections, including orchids, nepenthes and Cacti. These can only visited by appointment and we will be circulating all attendees before hand to ascertain which if any they would like to visit


We look forward to seeing you on these trips and hope that you will also tell your friends and relatives about them. For them to be successful they need to be well patronised, so we hope that the dates do not clash with too many other commitments for people. Timings and estimated costs are given on the booking form, which needs to be completed along with your requirements for the two optional lunches

John and Sue Wildig

St David’s Day 2017



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