PROBUS Outing Royal Botanical gardens - June 6, 2019

The weather was great! Some of the gardens had just come into bloom. Our volunteer guides showed their phenomenal knowledge, historical and horticultural, and the fellowship was fantastic.

What more could we ask for...oh yes, great food too, and even a Lancaster fly past!

Our large group was divided into three, each provided with a knowledgeable guide. Our guide was Jackie, who took us around the Hendrie Park, one of the five major garden exhibition areas at the RBG.

The two calming reflecting pools with the Tea Room at the rear

Jackie explained that the rose garden, always a popular feature had been completely replanted last year to feature roses that were more aligned to this environment, and did not require extensive use of chemical fertilizers and insecticide. As part of this renovation, miles of irrigation pipes were laid throughout

One of the other groups wanders through the rose gardens.

As we walked through the gardens, several interesting sculptures were pointed out. These are part of a growing collection sponsored by Dan Lawrie.

We were also introduced to other areas of this extensive park; the woodland section of the garden; the prehistoric grove with plants whose genetics have not changed for hundreds of years; the Hendrie Gates; the scented garden; and a garden plot being enthusiastically tended by children

Top Left: Woodland Trail; Prehistoric Trees; Children's Garden

We then headed over to the Rock Garden about 2K away and located in an old gravel pit. This location featured colourful trees and shrubs, and picturesque water features.

Just as we headed into lunch, the Air Museum Lancaster was doing a fly over in honour of D-Day. Quite the sight. ( Wish I had a longer lens available!)

We then returned to the Rock Garden Visitor Centre for lunch: choice of hamburger, chicken plus salads, fruit and drinks. Although some were satiated by all the fresh air and food , some went on to further explore more of the gardens.

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Doug Johnston

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