Well, today was a good day!
8 Transpennine members enjoyed a Gardens visit to Lyme Park, a National Trust property near Stockport in Cheshire. We were very lucky that we had a guided tour of the gardens by James, the Senior Gardener, from the property. He gave us the background information of the property and led us behind the scenes where the public don’t normally get to go, which we were very privileged to see!
It was an excellent day weather wise, the sun shone and it was very warm for an October day, perfect for walking around the gardens, which were looking stunning in the sunshine. There was lots of Autumn colour around in the gardens, the Italian garden was looking lovely with the Rudbeckia goldstrum looking stunning with the purple Asters and the Geraniums as well. The rest of the garden, Vickory Gibbs (Vickery Gibbs was a close friend of the Legh family, who owned Lyme Park), Kill time (Kill-time was an area where the gardeners went to 'kill time' whilst the owning family walked in the gardens) and the Herbaceous borders were all looking amazing as well. We saw behind the scenes where the gardeners propagate their plants and the Orangery with the amazing moss covered fountain.
After lunch, we had a lovely walk through the park guided by David H, to the Cage, a hunting lodge in the wider parkland. We were lucky to see the property’s herd of Red deer, all starting to gather for the annual deer rut.
All told we had a great day, lovely gardens, guided tour and finished off by a great walk through the park. Thanks to all who contributed and for everyone who attended, cheers!