|When:||Monthly, usually second Tuesday, 10a.m. to 12a.m.|
We meet monthly, usually at a member’s garden, sometimes to talk about, and demonstrate if possible, what we should be doing at this time of year. Alternatively we might have a specialist speaker or a garden-related visit – all driven by the participants. See the "Links" section of this page for gardening advice articles written by individual group members. We also undertake regular exchanges of plants, cuttings and seeds. We have links to the Caterham Horticultural Society, where for a small membership fee, members can purchase garden supplies usually at a discount to prices available at garden centres. The Society is keen to continue its association with Caterham U3A and cordially invites us to join its other activities.
Activities have included joining with the National Trust gardeners at Chartwell for a rose-pruning demonstration, making our own "Bug Boxes" (see details of how to make your own in "Links"), tour of NT Emmetts Garden led by the Head Gardener, a tour of the gardens at Buckingham Palace, reducing the Need for Pesticides, Climate change and its potential effect on gardening, and working with acidic soil or shade. (See related articles under "Links") Activities have included illustrated talks on the gardens and/or agriculture of Japan, Lanzarote and Madeira, visits to members' gardens, guided visits to Wakehurst Garden, to Sue and Geoff Baines's award-winning garden in Burntwood Lane, Caterham, and visits to London roof gardens and notable gardens in the City. During 2017 the group continued their "Great Potato Challenge" involving individual members aiming to produce the greatest weight of potatoes from one standard size tuber - some achieving about 3lbs of potatoes from a seed potato of about 3 ounces. At another meeting the group members made their own willow obelisks following a demonstration from one of the members.
You can send a message to the gardening group contact.