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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.
January 17th 2019, Visit to Hyde Hall. Meet there at 10.30am. The plan is to visit the Winter garden, but there are acres of beautiful gardens available to see. Cost £9.50 if you are not a member of the RHS, but we will try to share out the members privileges of being able to take one guest free. You may also want to take advantage of the restaurant. The post code you need to use for your sat nav. is CM3 8ET. Please can you tell me if you want to go by 2nd January.
February 14th, Visit to Horkesley Hall.. Meet there at 10.30am. Address: Horkesley Hall, Little Horkesley, Colchester CO6 4DB. £8 per person to include entrance, tour, tea and cake.
Horkesley Hall is a classical house surrounded by a mature 8 acre parkland. The garden includes snowdrops, walled garden, woodland and later in the year spring bulbs, roses, hydrangeas and many other interesting walks. Please tell Alison by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01371 851684 if you want to go.
DIRECTIONS - Horkesley Hall is 6 miles north of Colchester city centre and 2 miles west of A134. Drive into Little Horkesley church car park to the very far end - access is via low double black gates at the far end.
March 14th, Poplars Garden Nursery Meet at 10.30am at the main entrance. It is hoped to have a talk/tour with one of the nursery staff and lunch is available in the delightful cafe. Numbers are required by 25th Feb so please email email@example.com if you haven't signed up at Jan/Feb meetings.
Directions: Coggeshall Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, CO6 1HR
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.
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.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 17th, National Flower Show, Hylands Park.
June 13th, Helmington Hall,Suffolk.
June 27th, Wisley RHS Garden. This will be a coach trip to the flagship Royal Horticultural gardens. We need to book well in advance so please let me know if you want to go. More details coming soon.
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: email@example.com 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 Feb 14th||Visit to Horksley Hall. See Garden page for details.|
|Thu Mar 14th||Garden Group visit to Poplars Garden Nursery|
|Thu Mar 28th||Visit to Easton Lodge|
|Thu Apr 11th||Garden Group Plant Swap|
|Thu Apr 25th||Garden Group visit to Birchanger Woods|
|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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