Garden Group 1 are a lively group who all share a love of gardening, plants and gardens in all their forms. During the summer we go out to visit fairly local private gardens of many differing types and during winter months enjoy an interesting collection of talks in the library. In July we enjoy a full day combined visit (with Garden Group 2) to venture further afield and in October we hold a Plant Sale with tea and scones to which we bring our spare plants to sell to raise funds for a nominated charity.
Garden Group 2 Between April and September we visit Derbyshire and South Yorkshire gardens open for the NGS for ideas and inspiration and to enjoy the plants, cake and drinks!! Between October and March we meet in the Chesterfield Library Theatre for garden talks/presentations. We organise a joint day's coach outing with Group 1, usually in July, to visit a large well known garden further afield.
Monthly talks are held in the winter which are open to all u3a members to attend. They are held at Chesterfield Library Lecture Theatre at 2pm. Admission is £3.00 per person which includes a raffle ticket.
These are the talks we had in 2021/22. Look out for a Winter 2022/23 programme which will be published in due course.
Thursday 16 December 2021: Sally Smith (from Sally Organics at Matlock) -'The Wonderful World of Weeds'
A talk about our love/hate relationship with these highly adapted colonisers of bare ground, informing on their habits and tenacity to compete with our garden plants; ways to manage this and perhaps some positive pointers too.
Thursday 20 January 2022: Danny Wells -'The English and Gardening' (A social history of an English obsession)
We will look at the development of gardening and go in search of meanings and symbolism invested in gardens. The main focus will be on Georgian and Victorian Britain and the first half of the 20th century.
Thursday 17 February 2022: Janette Merilion (from Concept Garden Design) –'The Brighter Side of Winter'
This talk takes into account the wide variety of foliage, bark and berries produced. The cold season can still be made interesting and give the feeling of warmth.
Thursday 17 March 2022: Phillip Smith (from Bents Green Garden Centre Sheffield) –'My Life in Horticulture'
An amusing and versatile speaker who will tell of his horticultural exploits way back from the 1950’s to present day. Bring your questions for Gardeners Quiz Time.