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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.
In case you are interested on May 29th from 2pm-5pm there is a garden open for charity (under the National Garden Scheme) in High Easter. The address is The Punchbowl, The Street, High Easter, Chelmsford CM1 4QW. Adults £5 children free.
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 you can contact him on 01371 875991 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on the links on the right to get a map and more information about the Abbey.
June 13th, Helmington Hall,Suffolk. Address – Helmingham Hall, Helmingham, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 6EF
Gardens are open 11 am to 4.30 pm.Cost - £6 per person (if over 30 in the group) or £7 per person (if under 30 visitors in the group)
The Tollemache family, whose ancestors have lived at Helmingham Hall for the past 500 years, enjoy sharing their passion for their beautiful gardens with members of public. The gardens surround an impressive tudor moated hall set in a 400 acre ancient deer park. The traditional herbaceous borders, walled kitchen garden, herb and knot garden and hybrid musk roses are complimented by a wonderful balance of nature and modern accents inspired by the current Lady Tollemache, a well know garden designer and Chelsea gold winner. It is recommended to allow 2 hours to visit the garden and then enjoy a delicious brunch, lunch or a cream tea in the coach house tearooms (can be pre-ordered or taken on the day) and to visit the gift shops, produce and plant stall. There is also an ice cream parlour. Please tell Alison if you want to go, at least 2 weeks before the visit date. You can contact her on 01371 851684 or email@example.com but you can also tell her when you see her at one of the upcoming visits.
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.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org 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: 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 and Steam museum. The gardens cover 16 acres in total and include six intensely planted gardens containing over 8,000 species and cultivars of perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees. These gardens include not only Alan Bloom’s Dell Garden and son Adrian Bloom’s Foggy Bottom Garden but also a Winter Garden, a spectacular Summer Garden, a newly planted Fragrant Garden and Adrian’s Wood, which is the new link between the Dell Garden and Foggy Bottom. On site there is also a Steam Museum, a diesel operated narrow gauge railway which takes visitors around the gardens and the Gallopers Roundabout. Included in the entrance price of £27 are unlimited rides on the railway and three (not consecutive) rides on the Gallopers Roundabout. That price includes the coach as well.
September 19th, 2pm. Dragons, Chelmsford. Address - Boyton Cross, Chelmsford, CM1 4LS
Cost is £7 to include tea and cake. Final numbers by 26th August please.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 07816682066/01371 499643
Dragons is a plantswomans garden of 3/4 of an acre, planted to encourage an abundance of wildlife.
It contains sumptuous colour-themed borders with striking plant combinations, featuring speciman plants,
a fernery, lots of clematis and a variety of grasses. Meandering paths lead to ponds, patios, the scree garden
and a small vegetable garden. There are also two summerhouses, one overlooking the stream where you
may catch site of a kingfisher! There is usually the opportunity to purchase some home grown plants.
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 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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