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Group Facilitator: Lucy Myers
The Garden Group meets most fortnights usually on a Thursday, but occasionally a different day. The group is full now and we are unable to take more members. You are welcome to contact me if you want to go on the waiting list. Current members please tell me if you are coming as far in advance as possible. There is now a cut-off time of one week before the visit, sometimes earlier.
Dates for your diary. There will be visits every fortnight from March and I will put these in as they are confirmed.
March 28th, visit to Easton Lodge, 2pm The staff are treating us to a special tour made for us where they will show us the different areas in the garden and talk about how they plan to develop with new planting and structures in the future. The cost of £6.50 per head will include this tour as well as tea and homemade cake. Postcode: CM6 2BB. As you drive towards Little Easton there are good road signs showing you the way. Easton Lodge have requested we tell them 2 weeks in advance how many are coming. Please contact Debbie by email firstname.lastname@example.org if you haven't told me already.
April 11th, Plant Swap, 2pm. bring any seedlings, perennials, plants of any sort, shape or size, that are surplus to your needs, and swap with another. Priors Green Hall, Little Canfield. CM6 1YE. Take the B1256 from Great Dunmow and turn right at the first Canfield roundabout onto Warwick Rd. Turn left at the end and you will soon see the community hall on your right by the car park. Please tell me, Lucy, if you want to go.
April 25th, Birchanger Woods Bluebell walk. There will be a talk by the warden about the history of the wood and it's flora and fauna. Hopefully it will be bluebell time. Cost is £5 each which will go to the Birchanger Wood Trust. Park along Heath Row. The water tower can be seen and you walk up the path to the top, past a scout hut and the talk will be there. Please meet at 10.15 for 10.30am talk. Lunch is available (they are expecting us) at Home and Eat, Unit 3, Stansted Rd, CM23 5TH. Please let Brenda O'Carroll know by March 25th if you are able to come. 01371 878160. Email Brenda.email@example.com.
May 17th, National Flower Show, Hylands Park. The National Flower Show being held at Hylands Park Chelmsford is in its fifth year and is an ideal opportunity to view and purchase a whole range of plants from specialist nurseries not normally available in your local garden centre. There will also be numerous trade stands showcasing a multitude of gardening products, a Food and Drink Pavilion with tastings and samples and a Home and Country Living Pavilion full of gifts and crafts. A series of gardening talks and floral workshops will take place during the day and the House will be decorated throughout with floral arrangements. The show will be opened by Carol Klein on 17 May at 10.00am.
Please note this visit is on Friday May 17th, rather than the normal Thursday. Tickets are available at £7 per head, discounted from the normal individual rate of £12. Meet at the entrance to the venue at 10.00. Hylands Park is situated off the A414 near Chelmsford CM2 8WQ. Follow the AA signs on the day. The show closes at 5.00 pm.
Full details and a programme of events are available on the show website www.nationalflowershow.co.uk.
Please contact Christine Bishop on 07757701575 to register your interest in attending the show.
May 30th, 2pm,Beeleigh Abbey Gardens. The riverside gardens are in three picturesque acres and a historic setting dating from the 13th century - so could be about the time of the signing of the Magna Carta! Address: Abbey Turning, off London Rd, Maldon, Essex. CM9 6LL. Cost is £14 each and this includes the entrance fee, accompanied tour of the garden, tea and cake. Bob Giles is taking names and payment and will be at the March 14th meeting. Alternatively you can contact him on 01371 875991 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 13th, Helmington Hall,Suffolk.
June 27th, Wisley RHS Garden. This will be a coach trip to the flagship Royal Horticultural gardens. The cost of travel by coach is £17.00 per person. The coach will leave Dunmow at 08.15hrs and will return (leaving Wisley) at 16.15hrs. The estimated journey time is 2 hours each way.
The cost of entrance is based on a group booking which is discounted to £12.20 per person for Non-RHS Members. RHS Members have free entrance and are permitted to include one other "guest" for free. Therefore, the remaining entrance cost will be shared between RHS guests and non-members. However, until we have confirmed numbers it will not be possible to give a definitive entrance cost at this stage.
Wisley needs advanced early notice of confirmed numbers attending and I would therefore ask that if you wish to attend, please advise by 28 February at the very latest. Obviously, it would be helpful to receive confirmations ahead of that date to enable precise costings to be calculated. Please indicate, when confirming attendance, whether you are an RHS Member and if you will be inviting one of our Group Members as your guest, as this will affect the cost of the tickets for Non-RHS Members.
At present, all tickets have been sold, but if you want to go tell Kath (see details below) and she will put you on the reserve list. If we have lots on the reserve list we may be able to increase our numbers.
Would you kindly respond to Kath Warwick, who is helping with the arrangements for this trip either by email - email@example.com or telephone 07773267717 / 01371 873906.
July 11th, Lavender Fields, Hitchin. Cadwell Farm, Ickleford, Hitchin, Herts SG5 3UA. There will be a tour around the display field, main field and museum and they have a 17c barn restaurant where we can have lunch. There is also a Wyevale garden centre 10 minutes away if you want to visit afterwards. Please let Brenda O'Carroll know before 25th June if you are coming as we have to book the tour. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01371 878160.
July 25th, visit to Alswick Hall Gardens , Buntingford, SG9 0AA. Meet there at 2pm. Cost £10/pp to include garden entry, tea/coffee and cake. Historic 17th century Grade II listed house (not open to the public), surrounded by five acres of landscaped gardens including a 40m long herbaceous border, woodland walk, rose pergola, lily pond and wildflower meadow.
Directions: take A120/A10 to Buntingford. In Buntingford, turn right onto B1038 (Hare Street Road). After just under a mile turn right onto Alswick Hall Lane.
September 5th, Bressingham Gardens. All day visit via coach.
September 19th, Dragons, Chelmsford.
Thank you to everyone in the group who has helped with suggestions and organisation. The garden Group Working Party is already planning a full diary of visits for this year and we will let members know as soon as possible.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Thu Mar 28th||Visit to Easton Lodge|
|Thu Apr 11th||Garden Group Plant Swap|
|Thu Apr 25th||Garden Group visit to Birchanger Woods|
|Fri May 17th||National Flower Show at Hylands Park. See Garden page for details.|
|Thu May 30th||Visit to Beeleigh Abbey Gardens. See Garden page for details.|
|Thu Jun 27th||Garden Group visit to Wisley. Other U3A members welcome if there are spaces left after the Garden Group have priority.|
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