On Monday 29 June, Bicton Park Botanical Gardens in Devon once again kindly hosted our annual West Country Gathering. Over 30 attended on what was the hottest day of the year at the time. On such a glorious day, Bicton’s beautiful gardens were displayed in their full glory.
Champagne was served on the terrace which looked down over the gardens and fountain and provided some welcome shade for guests to mingle. A light buffet lunch was then served in the Orangery which was followed by a leisurely trip on the Bicton Park railway. The train is an 18-inch gauge railway which wound its way through the Pinetum, home to many of Bicton’s champion trees. It then took us back along the banks of the Great Lake to complete its journey.
Special thanks must go to Fred Lister (OR 1946) and his daughter-in-law Valerie (owner of Bicton Park) for their hospitality and making the 2015 West Country Gathering a wonderful day.