What: We meet monthly, usually at a members house to talk about, with demonstrations and written articles and if possible with audio visual resources from the U3A Resources Library, various gardening topics of interest to our members. These may include some of the following:
Rock Gardens and Plants;
Organic Gardening - with a trip to Yalding Organic Gardens;
Orchids - indoors & out - possibly with a trip to see wild orchids in the spring;
Bulb Planting - best varieties, bulbs in tubs, good value and long lasting flowers, colour combinations and layer planting;
Hostas in the Garden - slug control tests nematodes;
Herbs in the Garden - with a trip to Iden Croft Herb Nursery Staplehurst;
Insects in the Garden - making an insect house, plantings to encourage wildlife;
Veg Growing - Vegetables in Containers, potato trials and competition;
Cottage Gardens - Planting and layout
Succulent Plants - a trip to a specialist grower;
Garden Design - looking at the principles of good design - a competition to design the best garden for a specific space.
The topics will be covered at suitable times of the year and throughout there will be emphasis on gardening techniques - planting, soil types, propagation, pruning etc.
We plan to fit in as many garden visits as possible, both on our usual days and occasionally on other days of the week and these will be published on this web site. The gardens will include Wisley and other RHA gardens, National Trust Gardens and Kent Open Gardens. We have a list of over 50 gardens of interest in Kent and Sussex to choose from as well as 10 local nurseries and garden centres that will be worth a visit.
We hope to do plant swaps and magazine swaps and visit each others gardens throughout the year, as well as gardening trials and competitions.
When: Usually the fourth Wednesday of the month 14:00 p.m.-16:00 p.m.
Where: Members’ homes and various venues to be agreed.
Next Meeting: No gardening meeting between Christmas and New Year. First meeting is on the fourth Wednesday in January at 14:00 pm