Gardens & Country
New group members are very welcome, just email us using the pigeon
Chas Bryer (Group Leader), Betty Ballard (Co-Leader/Treasurer)
There is no annual group fee, just bring your U3A card and pay for each event attended
We are currently looking for volunteers to assist in the running of this group.
If you can help keep the group going in the future please contact us. The membership is growing so please help if you can.
Winter Program 2019/20
The winter speaker meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday of each month at the Rowing Club in Abbey Park.
Time: from 2.00-4.00 pm (October to March).
The entrance fee is now £4 which includes free parking at the Rowing Club and free coffee/tea and biscuits.
The price reduction has been made possible by the increase in attendance at our recent meetings. Thank you.
The upcoming winter talks and garden visits are shown in the Dates for your Diary table at the bottom of this page.
We hope we have delivered a varied, quality list of speakers this winter, so please come and enjoy an afternoon out in the depths of the winter!
The next talk is on Wednesday, February 12th, and is titled The Nature and Habitat of Tiddesley Wood. The speaker will be David Molloy of the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. The talk is at our usual venue of the Rowing Club in Abbey Park. The bar manager has confirmed that the bar can be open for business during our meetings so please let me know if this would be appreciated.
The January talk by Adrian James was very well attended and included some beautiful photographs of Bodenham Arboretum taken at different times of the year. Adrian's easy going, professional style was much appreciated by the large audience. Links to Adrian's websites can be found on this webpage.
Summer Garden Visits 2020
We are currently finalising a program of visits for the summer. This will be administered differently this year.
There will be no coach trip organised by the Gardens and Country group this year. However please note that the Outings group are running two coach trips to Upton House & Gardens and Chatsworth House & Gardens in 2020. Places are limited so contact Sue Beneke soon if you want to go.
We are arranging private group visits to gardens on the second Wednesday of the month from April to September 2020. Details of each garden will be posted on this website and every member will be sent an invitation email in the month prior to the visit. If you want to go please reply to the invitation email stating you are expecting to attend. This will let us tell the garden owner approximately how many will attend. Also, unless stated otherwise on the invitation email, payment will be made directly to the garden owner by each member visiting. If you have special dietary requirements for refreshments please indicate on your reply and we will forward to the owner of the property. We cannot guarantee that all requirements can be be met at all locations.
If you have any questions or comments on the above please email me, or see me after the next winter talk. We are asking that members who do not have access to personal email, find a friend or relative who can act as a postbox. If this is not possible we will find a solution! All our members are important to us so we want to keep in touch as best we can with our limited resources.
The first garden visit of 2020 will be on 8 April at 2pm to Highnam Court, Gloucs, GL2 8DP
The cost will be £5.50 per person, with refreshments at extra cost. An invitation email will be sent out in March.
Highnam is a 40 acre landscape garden with a water garden, a formal parterre, a knot garden and lots more. There should be something for everybody to enjoy.
Betty is compiling a list of people who may require a lift. If you need a lift or can offer to share your car please let me or Betty know.
The schedule of visits to other gardens, and the speakers booked for next winter, will be added to the diary of events listed below as they are confirmed.
#For all enquiries, or comments, please use the pigeon to send me an email. Thank you.
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