Visit to Wakehurst Place and Nymans June 20th

The weather did not look promising as a full coach load of members set off at 8.30am to visit two beautiful gardens in West Sussex.  We arrived at Wakehurst Place in rain which continued for most of the morning.  Coffee boosted our spirits and we then ventured out with umbrellas into the lovely gardens managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.  A glorious display of irises, a superb water garden and a colourful walled garden made the visit memorable.  The Millennium Seed Bank was   fascinating and inspirational.  After a good lunch in the restaurant we went by coach to Nymans, the weather cleared up and we were treated to the wonderful gardens created by the Messel family.  The herbaceous borders, the rose garden, the rhododendrons, spectacular Cornus and other shrubs and trees from around the world were outstanding.  The garden was wonderfully romantic with its centrepiece ruins of the gothic house built in 1928 and burned down in a disastrous fire in 1947.  Tea in the café and retail therapy in the NT shop completed an excellent day out arriving back in Risborough at about 6.30pm.