Gardens & Country
Last updated on 18 October 2021 at 11:40 hrs
Chas Bryer (Group Leader)
The schedule of u3a events is shown in the Dates for Your Diary section at the bottom of this page
Tender Shoots talks are available free on Zoom and YouTube according to the schedule shown on the TS Talks page
This group is currently open to new members. If you would like to join please email me using the pigeon link on this page.
There will be no indoor group meetings this year. All talks this year will be on zoom.
There will be a group zoom meeting held in the Evesham Breakout Room after the zoom talk on 20 October. This will explain the events being held in the upcoming 12 months and provide a chance to ask questions.
Winter Program 2021/22
We are currently affiliating to the Tender Shoots Garden Club Network for additional zoom talks. There have been over 30 plant and garden related talks in 2021. If you would like information on this activity, and are not currently on Zoom, please contact me. There is also a YouTube option for these talks if you do not want to participate in Zoom. Some previous talks are recorded and are available on the Tender Shoots YouTube channel. The current list of Tender Shoots talks is shown on the TS Talks subpage. Our group is sponsoring the October talk by Hilary Hutson and two talks at the beginning of 2022.
To join TS zoom talks, please click the link below (or enter the Meeting ID on the zoom start screen) and enter the Passcode when prompted
Meeting ID: 404 301 4750
In addition, we will have a group zoom talk from Adrian James in December, and an in-person talk by Vale Wildlife Trust is scheduled for March 2022. So the group will reflect the "hybrid" model of mixed in-person and screen based activities throughout the year.
Summer program for 2022
There is a proposal to visit RHS Wisley by coach next July as one of the group's summer visits. There are around 20 members who have so far expressed an interest. More information will be made available in January. Use the pigeon to email me via Beacon or directly if you have my email address! The remaining program is being planned and will be listed in the Dates for Your Diary section of this page.
Summer Garden Visits undertaken in 2021
The first visit of the summer was
made by a group of 23 to the "stunning" garden at Highnam Court. I've already received several emails commenting on how wonderful it is. If you missed out, the gardens are open occasionally to the public and it is worth a visit. There was 100% attendance by those who had confirmed their intention to visit the garden, and I thank you for your help in making the day so enjoyable. Thanks also to Betty Ballard who suggested this venue, Judy Smith who made the original contact (early 2020) and to Col. Mike Bennett, OBE, for the "impromptu" introductory talk and safety briefing, and for answering the dozen emails that I sent over the past year. Photos of the visit will be placed on the website courtesy of Alan Cook, so if you have a favourite image on your camera please send it to Alan or myself.
On 26 July, at the end of a really hot spell of weather, 22 members made a private visit to Bourton House Garden at Bourton on the Hill. This garden features wide herbaceous borders with stunning plant and colour combinations. Other sections of the garden include the topiary and white gardens, a parterre with an ironwork gazebo, an enclosed potager garden, and spring-fed water features including one from the Great Exhibition of 1851. Possibly the highlight were the hot beds with a dazzling array of colourful plants. In contrast, the White Garden gave a feeling of calm and relaxation. The house gardeners were very helpful in explaining the vast range of plants on display.
Some members had a picnic lunch beforehand, whilst others used the picnic tables next to the Tithe Barn, or the many chairs in the garden, to have their afternoon refreshment. Some also admired the trees in the 7 acre field walk which was accessed from the carpark. A very pleasant afternoon which was made all the better by the lower temperatures and lack of rain!
On the 11th August, 25 members attended a private presentation and tour of The River School gardens, Worcester. The presentation showed the history of the garden and how it is being renovated by volunteers. The volunteers then took the members, in two smaller groups, for an extensive tour of the garden. The garden covers around 7 acres and includes a walled garden and some rare specimen tress. The tour was followed by tea/ coffee/ cake & a chat with the enthusiastic volunteer gardeners. Thanks to everyone who turned up on time, and to Richard Hunt for acting as the group contact on the day. The feedback from this visit has been extremely positive.
On the 8th of September, a very hot day, 17 members enjoyed a very hospitable welcome to Ravelin, Gilbert's End, near Hanley Swan. This is a 0.5 acre garden plantman's garden with extensive shrub and perennial plantings, for all seasons. Generous tea and cakes were enjoyed in the seating areas scattered throughout the garden. Some members took home souvenirs of the afternoon from the very reasonably priced plant sales.
On 15th September, organised by Betty Ballard, 17 members visited the Evesham Abbey Trust excavations. Staff from the Trust gave a presentation about the background to the restoration work followed by tours of the site, which was entered through the arch.
Wall repairs are in progress, archeological excavations have taken place and the main area will be developed into a garden with public access. We also visited the allotments which which have been moved from the 'garden' area to an adjoining area.
A most enjoyable sunny afternoon with ample refreshments (including Patricia's scones) provided by Betty's team.
Sub-pages are now being used to show Members plants and gardens and the gardens that have been visited this summer.
Please send your recent photos to Alan Cook or Chas Bryer.
Recommended videos and weblinks
During lockdown a number of websites with videos of gardens and countryside (not all in the UK) were posted here. These have been put on a subpage Garden & Country weblinks. I will continue to archive older weblinks to this page as the main page gets refreshed.
For all enquiries, or comments, please use the link on this page to send me an email. Thank you.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Wed Oct 20th||Tender Shoots talk at 3pm from Hilary Hutson on the Sheffield Botanical Gardens - Sponsored by Evesham G&C|
|Thu Nov 11th||Tender Shoots talk at 7.30pm by Doug Stewart on Winter Thrillers|
|Wed Dec 8th||A talk by Adrian James at 3pm exclusively for Evesham u3a Gardens & Country Zoom Group.|
There will be no YouTube version available for this talk. Invitations will be sent to our Zoom group in the week before the talk with further details.
|Wed Jan 12th 2022||Tender Shoots talk at 3pm details to be confirmed - Sponsored by Evesham G&C|
|Wed Feb 9th 2022||Tender Shoots talk at 3pm by Jeff Bates on Water Gardens & Features - Sponsored by Evesham G&C|
|Wed Mar 9th 2022||We hope to resume in person talks with a presentation of the work of the local Vale Wildlife Trust by Martin Brookes at 2pm in the afternoon. The venue for this talk has yet to be decided. More details to follow.|