Ramster Gardens and amazing cakes.......

I visited last year and the gardens are wonderful and the chocolate cake truly scrumptious.

Nestling in a fold of the Surrey Hills lies Ramster Gardens, over 20 acres of peaceful woodland with views of lakes and hillsides, filled with colour and interest. It is one of the original gardens open for the National Garden Scheme and has now been open to the public for 84 years. The local nursery, Gauntletts of Chiddingfold, also known as the Japanese Nursery, laid out the garden in 1890. They were famous for importing plants and garden ornaments from Japan, and their influence can be seen throughout the garden in the stone lanterns, the bamboo plantings, and the unique avenue of Japanese maples, (acer palmatum dissectum) now over 100 years old.

The garden boasts fine mature plantings of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias, and many rare and unusual trees and flowering shrubs. It has been in the same family for 90 years, and as well as being an important collection of plants, is a much-loved family garden, where three generations help with the maintenance.

In early Spring, the ancient magnolia trees and the towering bushes of camellias are a lovely sight, with drifts of daffodils and primroses underneath. In May the garden reaches its peak, with a spectacular display of rhododendrons and azaleas in bloom, and the scent from the carpet of bluebells fills the air. June brings delicate pink roses climbing through the larches, meadow grasses, wild flowers, and a mass of wild orchids which flourish and flower throughout the garden. The stepping-stones in the Bog Garden lead under the enormous leaves of the Gunnera plants, while a wander down the Woodland Walk by the lake is a chance to explore, and spot some of the local wild life.

The Challenges:

Colours and Cakes - a picture that really shows the colours of the gardens - eg rhodedendrons, azaleas - try a close up with a wide aperture to throw the background out of focus, and a picture of a cake - as if it was an advert in a magazine! - so paying attention to framing and what is in the background.

 

£6.00 entrance fee or £5.50 if we have 10+ plus £1 meet up fee.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Pity about the lack of sunshine but nevertheless a good place to visit.... and eat cake!

    May 18, 2013

  • Sandra C.

    Lovely gardens with a real natural feel. Fabulous colours despite the flat light. The sandwiches looked almost as tempting as the gorgeous cakes and the tea was good too. Everyone's pictures are very good- I still have lots to learn - particularly re being bolder with my cropping! It's good learning from you all. Thanks for your tips.

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Many thanks to Peter (for giving me a lift too), this was great day out and some excellent pics so far!! Cakes also very good. I will need to write a letter to the management of Ramster Gardens suggesting they swap the "Area ...whatever" signs with more helpful signs ie, they should say "To cakes" and "Away from cakes" :) Also, they really out to serve Pimms and mojitos!!

    May 18, 2013

  • Mandy

    Can I say a big thank you to Peter for taking over as event host. I was disappointed that last minute work commitments meant I could not attend. Some wonderful photographs and I hope you enjoyed the cakes.

    May 18, 2013

  • Peter

    Good diverse photo opportunities

    May 18, 2013

  • Lee

    Sorry I didn't make today in the end. I felt a migraine coming on last night and thought it best to change my RSVP. Just as well too... I've only now started to feel better. Hope you all had a nice time... will look through the shots later :)

    May 18, 2013

  • Eileen B.

    Gardens were lovely and photogenic, the cakes were lovely to eat, but maybe not as photogenic as I had kind of hoped!

    May 18, 2013

  • Keith B.

    A very beautiful and peaceful place.

    May 18, 2013

  • Andy

    A lovely, colourful day. Great company and yummy cakes.

    May 18, 2013

  • Sandra C.

    Good to meet up with you all.

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mandy, I really wanted to come as it is my first one. Will message you. Have a great day and I look forward to seeing the cake pictures (least I won't put on any weight by looking! haha) x

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everybody, I have had a sore throat for the last week and now I have a sore chest, so I think it would be wise to pull out of this trip and look forward to the next one. It would have been so nice to have been with fellow snappers, so really looking forward to meeting you all very soon, have a great day. Brian

    May 17, 2013

  • DebbieD

    sorry to pull out of this but need to be elsewhere now so Ramster continues to evade me! Have a wonderful visit and enjoy the cake :)

    May 14, 2013

  • Mandy

    David - I can pick you up from Godalming station will email you later this week.

    May 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      that's great Mandy, thanks!

      May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Don't think I can make this event now, so just in case, I will change my RSVP to no. Shame as I was looking forward to visiting Ramster and tasting the delicious looking cake!!!

    May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    woul d love to go... i live far away, i dont drive and it falls on my son's weekend... shame i new here and so far all places that i want to do fall on my sons weeken or are to far....

    April 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Having just joined I should really like to attend - but I've already agreed to go to the International Astronomy Show @ Warwick on that day! So I'll miss the cake . . . :-(

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mmmm..... cakes

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    if hayfever is not too bad will come!

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Could I please have a lift for this one...

    February 21, 2013

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