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Visit to Bowood House (19th May 2016): A Grand House, Capability Brown and Glorious Rhododendrons

The Ross DFAS visit on 19 May to Bowood House, near Chippenham, was memorable in many ways. Firstly, the fine Grade I listed Georgian house, with its impressive parterre, is set in one of Lancelot "Capability" Brown's most exquisite landscaped park, woodland and lake settings. Then there is the interesting collection of paintings, prints and memorabilia of the 18th and 19th Century. Finally, the extensive Rhododendron Garden, set in majestic woodland nearby on the Estate, was at its seasonal, colourful best.

All this took place in remarkably good weather despite a forecast threatening rain.

The party of 28 members of the Society spent the morning in and around the house and, after a pleasant lunch, in the afternoon greatly enjoyed the rhododendrons, followed by a brief visit to nearby Laycock for refreshments and the journey back to Ross.

Philip Blunden

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