Cancelled | Coach Trip Visit to Iford Manor and Derry Watkins Special Plants


In the interests of the safety of our visitors and staff, we have cancelled this event.
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By kind permission of William and Marianne Cartwright-Hignett and Derry Watkins

This contrasting double visit begins at Iford Manor (not open; left), an internationally renowned Grade I listed Italianate garden originally created by landscape designer Harold Peto from 1899 to 1933. Over the past 50 years, John Hignett and Elizabeth Cartwright-Hignett lovingly restored the gardens of steep terraces with Roman-style colonnades, statuary, pools, narrow paths and magnificent rural views. The present generation will give a talk about plans for the gardens, refreshing the planting and preserving the heritage within the main garden, assisted by Head Gardener, Troy Scott-Smith.


Derry Watkins’ garden and nursery (right) grew out of muddy fields surrounding their house. Derry begins our visit with an introduction about what she and her architect husband, Peter Clegg, have created. In 20 years the garden has grown and bloomed beyond their wildest expectations. With unusual plants collected from all over the world, Derry specialises in annual and biennial plants, tender perennials for terrace and conservatory, a range of hardy herbaceous and rockery plants. There are ponds with trickling water, bog and vegetable gardens, an orchard and sculpted hedging to explore. Buying plants from the nursery provides a great opportunity to stock up for summer.


Coffee and cake served on arrival at Iford Manor. Tea and cake also served at Derry Watkins Special Plants before departing for Oxford.

Please note there are many steps and uneven paths.


8.30am: Coach departs Redbridge Park & Ride.  5.30-6.00pm: Approximate arrival time back at Park & Ride

Washroom on board the coach. Between visits, there will be a lunch break in Bradford on Avon, or bring a picnic

Friends £45, Guests £50

Maximum 40

For further information, please contact Freya Jones at or telephone 07472 365 001