Visits & Tours

The society arranges a programme of outings through the year, some day trips and others afternoon or evening visits. Often they include special access to gardens and are frequently led by experts. We try to vary the days of the visits so all our members, whether working or retired, have the opportunity to join in.

Every other year we arrange a holiday, visiting several gardens and places of interest.

We use executive coaches from a local travel firm as comfort is important. For more details of the vehicles click this link

We also try to ensure that the hotels we use are accessible.

Visits 2017

  • Saturday May 6th

    Exbury Gardens, Hampshire

    Exbury Gardens were the inspiration of Lionel Nathan de Rothschild. It was his vision, his dedication and his resources which have created one of the finest woodland gardens in the country.

    Exbury is a garden for people young and old, horticulturalist or enthusiastic gardener, or just a lover of beautiful places. From botanical rarities to masses of spectacular colour, there is something for all to enjoy

    Included in the price are entry to the gardens and a ride on the steam train. There is also a land train – pickup/drop off (pay on the day)

    Tea rooms available to buy your own lunch or bring picnic

    Depart for home approx 5:30pm

    Price: £30.00


  • Thursday 22nd June

    Woolbeding Gardens near Midhurst, West Sussex.

    Nestled in a quiet corner of West Sussex lies a true horticultural haven bursting with colourful planting, sensational views and a whole host of surprises

    The 26-acre garden is the creation of Mr Simon Sainsbury and Stewart Grimshaw. With the help of notable garden designers Lanning Roper in the 1980s and the Bannermans in the late 1990s, Woolbeding has developed into the modern masterpiece you see today

    Price includes a cream tea

    Cafe available to buy your own lunch or bring a picnic

    Depart for home approx 4:30pm

    Price: £20.00 National Trust Members – £27.50 non National Trust Members


  • Thursday 20th July

    Evening outing to Hilliers Gardens, Hampshire.

    The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is an arboretum comprising 72 hectares accommodating over 42,000 trees and shrubs, notably a collection of oaks, camellia, magnolia and rhododendron.

    The Gardens are located close to Romsey in Hampshire, and were formerly known simply as the Hillier Arboretum, founded by nurseryman Harold Hillier in June 1953 when he acquired Jermyns House and its grounds.

    An evening tour led by Wolfgang Bopp – Includes wine or Juice.

    Depart 4:30pm from Sainsbury’s – arrive Home approx 8:45pm

    Price: £30.00

Booking form inside back cover of the society 2017 Programme. No Booking can be accepted without a booking form & payment. Cheques payable to Alton Horticultural Society. All bookings must be completed 4 weeks in advance of the selected outing.