Gardens & Country
New members are very welcome, just email Jill Armstrong (using the pigeon)
or phone Betty Ballard on 01386 443950 or Jill Armstrong on 01386 831380
There is no annual group fee, just pay for each event attended.
Summer Program 2019
There is just one more garden visit this summer which is on Wed 14 August
A coach trip has been arranged to Cerney House Gardens and Brockworth Court.
Two gardens in one day. Coach leaves around 9.15am (tbc) from Davies Road. Bring a packed lunch. Cost £29 includes both gardens, afternoon tea & cake, coach travel and drivers tip.
For details of these properties please click on the web links provided.
Please contact Betty Ballard on 01386 443950 or Jill Armstrong on 01386 831380 to find out if places are still available
Previous events this summer were:
The trip to Hill Close Gardens, Warwick on 10 July proved very interesting. Everyone really enjoyed it, not just for the plants, but also the guided tour. The tour explained how this area came about and how the gardens with several summerhouses were saved. This is one garden that we would strongly recommend to everyone. There are very good plants for sale, and the tea and cake were excellent! We had good weather for this visit, cloudy but dry, so we could not have asked for more.
On June 12, the group visited The Tynings, Church Lane, Stoulton which is well worth a visit. It is a well established garden (having been in the same family for 60 years) with some very rare and unusual shrubs. 18 members attended and were pleased that despite rain in the morning our visit occurred during a window of fine weather from 2 till 3.30. We also visited the interesting church close by. This garden is also open for a visit, and tea and cake, on Sunday 21st July as a fund-raising event for repairs to the church and we would strongly recommend a visit.
A large group braved the uncertain weather to visit the cottage garden in Defford on 8 May. The result of 30 years work, this is a most interesting, long narrow garden which was skillfully divided into flower gardens with water features, summerhouses, poly tunnels, vegetable plots, and chicken run. Some appreciation of the variety within the garden can be gained from the photos shown on this page (on side panel or at the bottom of the page). To escape the rain the group were forced to eat cake and drink tea/coffee in the house before the sun finally came out to allow a final look around the garden.
The visit to see the spring flowers at Morton Hall took place in April. Our group was treated to a good lunch and a guided tour of the very pretty garden. Photos were taken during the visit showing the tea room and a view of the gardens. Morton Hall also has a tulip festival in early May and a couple of photos taken at this event are also shown.
Upcoming Winter Program 2019/20
The winter meetings are 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).
Please note that the Rowing Club has parking facilities we can use during our winter meetings.
Each meeting ends with free coffee/tea and biscuits. The cost of attending each meeting is under consideration but is likely to be in the region of £4-£5, which will just cover the overall cost of the winter program given the current membership level.
All the talks for October 2019 through March 2020 are shown in the Dates for your Diary table at the bottom of this page.
The first talk is on Wednesday 9 October, entitled Wildlife on and around Bredon Hill.
Our new winter season will kick off with a talk illustrated by the use of photos and videos captured by camera traps placed on and around Bredon hill. A unique and interesting look at the wildlife in our local countryside given by Jamie Smith.
For all enquiries about summer trips please contact Betty Ballard on 01386 443950 or Jill Armstrong on 01386 831380 or use the pigeon to send an email.
For all enquiries about the winter speakers or this web page please contact Chas Bryer on 07460 634461.
For all other enquiries please contact the Group Leader, Jill Armstrong on 01386 831380 or use the pigeon to send an email.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Wed Aug 14th||Coach trip to Cerney House Gardens and Brockworth Court Cost £29|
|Wed Oct 9th||Wildlife on and around Bredon Hill, a talk with video clips of wildlife given by Jamie Smith at the Rowing Club, Abbey Park|
|Wed Nov 13th||Making a Garden at the Chelsea Show, a talk by Roger Turner at the Rowing Club, Abbey Park|
|Wed Dec 11th||Winter Colour and Interest in the Garden, a talk by Duncan Coombes of Pershore Horticultural College at the Rowing Club, Abbey Park|
|Wed Jan 8th 2020||Bodenham Arboretum through the Seasons, a talk by photographer Adrian James at the Rowing Club, Abbey Park|
|Wed Feb 12th 2020||The Nature and Habitat of Tiddesley Wood, a talk by David Molloy of the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust at the Rowing Club, Abbey Park|
|Wed Mar 11th 2020||The National Garden Scheme in Worcestershire, a talk by David Morgan at the Rowing Club, Abbey Park|
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