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Stourhead Visit October 2023


Despite torrential rain to start the day we somehow managed to escape the worst of the weather during our visit to Stourhead house and garden. While it was too early to enjoy the autumn colours in all their glory, it was an opportunity to admire the splendour of the landscape and the huge variety of trees in this wonderful garden. This was the last trip in 2023, but plans are afoot for 2024.



A Garden Link Member's Courtyard Garden


Rita’s courtyard garden is approximately 30 feet long and a little less wide. It’s imaginatively divided into small spaces defined by borders, several enclosed by box hedging. Three specimen trees catch the eye and so do well placed pots of various sizes each planted to complement the surrounding area. Rita’s eye for colour combinations is key to the overall effect which is quite inspiring. And with gravel or paving in open areas there’s no grass to cut! If you have a sheltered small garden and are looking for inspiration this is definitely one to visit.



June 2023 Visit to Iford Manor Gardens


June was a busy month for the MGA, finishing with an enjoyable outing to the beautiful gardens of Iford Manor.



June 2023 MGA Away Weekend in Norfolk


A big Thank You to Carol Davies for organising yet aother excellent weekend away. Members stayed in the Dukes Head Hotel in Kings Lynn and visited the wonderful gardens of Elton Hall, Bressingham Blooms and the splendid East Ruston Old Vicarage.



Wildflowers in damp area of an MGA member's chalk wildflower meadow.




May 2023 Annual Plant Sale


A big Thank You to Heather Bridgeman, her team of helpers and the many plant contributors for a very successful Plant Sale !


April 2023 Forde Abbey Gardens


Our first trip of the year was to Somerset to enjoy blossom, early scented shrubs, and spring flowers, most especially the tulips. A garden for all seasons, so worth visiting later in the year too.


And some of the unusual plants seen at Forde - Anacamptis morio (Green Winged orchid), Romulea bulbicodum and Cyclamen repandum


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Presentation to ARK March 2023


Miranda Gilmour, Chair of Marlborough Gardening Association, presents a Recognition Certificate and cheque for £150 to Action for the River Kennet (ARK). This recognises the outstanding work carried out by ARK to enhance the River Kennet for both wildlife and the enjoyment of local people. Pictured (left to right) are Project Officer Mia Ridler, Miranda Gilmour and Charlotte Hitchmough, ARK Director.




ARK : Action for the river Kennet


Our speaker at the February meeting will be Anna Forbes who will talk about ARK's work caring for our wonderful local chalkstream, the River Kennet.


December 2022 - Christmas Flowers


Some of the spectacular Christmas flower arrangements created by Margaret Heal, our speaker and demonstrator at the December MGA meeting.


August 2022 - Farewell Wesley Hall


The MGA held their last ever meeting (probably!) in the Wesley Hall which is now up for sale. It has been a very convenient and welcoming venue for several years but in September we start a new era of meetings held in the Court Room of our Town Hall.


Bourton Manor Garden July 2022


Members report a fabulous trip to Hoo House Nursery followed by Bourton Manor Garden - "the borders were crammed with plants - all flourishing and such wonderful colours."




Manor House and Cranbourne Manor Gardens June 2022


Members enjoyed a wonderful day trip to view these beautiful and impressive gardens.



The MGA 2022 Weekend in Yorkshire


A splendid three day outing to Trentham Gardens, Harewood House, Brodsworth Hall and the new RHS Bridgewater Garden




The Plant Sale May 2022


After an enforced absence of two years, our Plant Sale returned, as successful and enjoyable as ever!




Visit to Hillier's Arboretum and Gardens October 2021


A great visit to Hillier's with plenty to see despite the lateness of the season.




Visit to RHS Wisley August 2021


Almost four dozen MGA members enjoyed a day visit to Wisley where there was much to see and fine weather.




Manton Open Gardens July 2021


MGA members Anna Marsden and Jem Cook opened their beautiful garden as part of the NGS Yellow Garden Scheme.

Peacock Cottage garden, another spectacular garden nearby was also open and the event was a great success.




June 2021 MGA Weekend Away to the Isle of Wight


Our first trip for FIFTEEN months, and a coachload of members were raring to go on this "overseas" adventure!

We began by exploring Furzey Gardens near Lyndhurst, crossed the Solent to stay at the Sands Hotel in Sandown, experienced a gin tasting and visited Godshill Model Village, Mottistone Manor, the Ventnor Botanical Gardens and finally, Osborne House. All very enjoyable and expertly organised by Carolyn.




March 2020 MGA trip to Kapunda Plants and The Courts


Our first trip of the year, just before the dreadful lockdown.

A grey and sometimes drizzly day, but much enjoyed!




The August MGA trip to Miserden and Rodmarton


Both gardens were much appreciated.

A couple of photos show parts of beautiful Rodmarton.




The 2019 Weekend Away


Another successful weekend away thanks to Carol and Cheryl.

A coachload visited Packwood House, Baddesley Clinton, Barnsdale, Melbourne Hall and Chatsworth!



The 2019 Plant Sale


A very successful sale and great fun. Many thanks to all our helpers and growers!




May 2019 Visit to West Green House Gardens and The Vyne


Another interesting, enjoyable and popular trip.





Visit to Waterperry Gardens in July


Colour in profusion despite the scorching weather!




The 2018 Weekend in Wales


Many thanks to Carol and Cheryl for organising and managing a wonderful visit to Wales.


Dyffryn House and Gardens



The National Botanic Garden of Wales



Aberglasney Gardens



Picton Castle



The Cowbridge Physic Garden



Visit to Kew Gardens May 2018


A coachload of MGA members had a wonderful visit to Kew on a warm sunny day.



The 2018 Plant Sale


Wesley Hall, the new venue, proved very successful thanks to the enterprise and hard work of the contributors and helpers. Almost sold out!



Visit to Batsford Arboretum October 2017


About forty members enjoyed sunshine and lovely autumn colours at Bastford.



Visit to Longstock Water Gardens and Nursery July 2017


Bob Ballard, the Gardens & Grounds Manager introduced us to the beautiful Water Gardens at Longstock, part of the Waitrose / John Lewis estate at Leckford, followed by visits to the well appointed cafe and plant nursery.



Day visit to Mottisfont June 2017


A coachload of members enjoyed a visit to the lovely gardens and Abbey at Mottisfont.



Weekend Away June 2017


41 members spent 3 days touring the South of England and stayed beside the sea in Worthing. The weather was almost too hot and visits were made to Denbies Vineyard, Nymans, Hever Castle, West Dean Gardens and Parham House.



Annual Plant Sale May 2017


A very successful Plant Sale in the Town Hall with a wide range of plants and over 300 customers. Many thanks to all our helpers and contributors.



Visit to the Malvern Spring Show 2017


Almost 40 members enjoyed a great visit to the Spring Show where there was much to see and plenty to buy!



Annual MGA Lunch April 2017


Almost 30 members enjoyed a delicious lunch in the lovely surroundings of Marlborough Golf Club and were entertained by a short talk on local mapping by our guest, Peter Noble.



Visit to Stourhead House and Gardens October 2016


Another successful visit to see beautiful autumn colour at these world renowned gardens.



Visit to Sherborne Castle and Gardens July 2016


Fifty three members (is this a record?) explored historic Sherborne Castle and its Grade I listed Capabilty Brown gardens and grounds.



Away Weekend June 2016


Forty two members spent an enjoyable weekend visiting Ashwood Nurseries, David Austin Roses, Bodnant Garden and Powis Castle.



Visit to Exbury Gardens May 2016


A perfectly timed visit to see a beautiful display of Rhododendrons and azaleas!



Visit to RHS Wisley May 2016


A slightly damp day kept the crowds away but took nothing away from this beautiful garden!



The Annual Show in September 2015.


Many thanks to the Show Committee members, helpers and entrants who made it such a success.

Photos courtesy of Dawn Whitehall



An enjoyable day trip in July to The Savill Garden, Windsor, followed by a river cruise at Runnymede.


Photos courtesy of David Uttley



Weekend visit to Wollerton Old Hall, RHS Harlow Carr and Arley Hall June 2015


"A wonderful trip to the North!"



Gold at Chelsea 2015!


Many congratulations to Jane Lindsay and Tynings Climbers for their Gold medal at Chelsea this year. Jane was a very popular speaker at our April meeting, so many members who bought plants there can now genuinely boast of the "Gold" standard climbers in their gardens.



Visit to Oxford Botanic Garden May 2015


We were lucky to find the only sunny day of the week for our visit to Oxford and the fascinating Botanic Garden.




Supporting Marlborough in Bloom - July 2014


Several MGA members helped at the reception for the visiting judges.



MGA Essex Weekend - June 2014


Thirty nine MGA members had an enjoyable sunny weekend visiting two beautiful gardens.


Beth Chatto's garden


RHS Hyde Hall


MGA Plant Sale in the Town Hall - May 2014


This year's Plant Sale was a great success with wide range of plants for sale and over 400 visitors. Many thanks to all who brought plants and helped with the show.


Visit to RHS Malvern Spring Festival May 2014


A couple of dozen members visited this wonderful show on a glorious sunny day.