Mansfield U3A Gardening group arranges a varied programme designed to help members learn together in a friendly, informal manner. The annual programme extends from March until December and includes topical talks by horticultural specialists. The subject matter each month is wide and varied and includes topics to suit all gardening tastes. The programme also includes two visits to outstanding gardens at group discount rates.
There is a small charge for the meetings; however refreshments are included.
We meet on the first Tuesday in the month, from March until December. Our programme offers variety and, we hope, some fun. Please contact me, if you require more information, using the bird link above or phone 01623 635607 and check the Events page.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Tue Mar 6th||Martin Fish. My Life in Gardening. |
Martin is a very well known speaker on BBC Radio Nottingham and BBC East Midlands Today. He judges at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in the Great Floral Pavilion. He also appears an many other gardening and horticultural show throughout the country.
|Tue Apr 3rd||Sally Smith. The Wonderful World of Weeds.|
Why are weeds so successful? How are weeds useful to the gardener?
How do we manage weed control organically without herbicides?
|Tue May 1st||Hannah Sylvester. Growing Herbs and Wild Flowers and their uses.|
Hannah is a medical herbalist, lecturer and keen gardener. She grows her own herbs and makes some wonderful lotions and potions.
|Tue Jun 5th||Brian Schofield. English Roses and the Like.|
Brian is a Rose Judge with over 30 years experience.
This, coupled with his hobby of exhibiting roses and other flowers has taken him to most of the National and large Provincial Flower Shows exhibiting and judging.
|Tue Jul 3rd||Garden trip to Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire.|
Over a thousand varieties of plants are to be seen in the 10 acre garden, these are propagated in the nursery. Many are unusual and not easily found elsewhere. There is the Stableyard Café for homemade lunches and afternoon tea.
Coach times approx. 0900 to 1700.
|Tue Aug 7th||No meeting|
|Tue Sep 4th||Neil Timm. The World of Ferns.|
Neil has many gold medals for his award winning ferns.
This is a wide ranging talk about all aspects of ferns, their Natural History, Economic Uses, Folklore, where to see them, and of course all about growing them in the garden. The aim is to make this much more than a catalogue of plants. Hopefully there will be some plants for sale.
|Tue Oct 2nd||Garden Visit to Brodsworth Hall and Gardens, Doncaster.|
The restored Victorian gardens are home to a collection of grand gardens in miniature, filled with colourful seasonal plantings and displays.
Stroll through the statue walks, the fern dell grotto and the beautiful wild rose dell.
Take in romantic views of the formal gardens and pleasure grounds from the restored summerhouse, and enjoy the period bedding plants in the Flower Garden.
Guided tours around Brodsworth Hall are available, numbers limited.
Coach times approx. 0900 to 1500
|Tue Nov 6th||Paula and Steve Routledge from Floralmedia. Winter Gardens.|
More wonderful winter gardening ideas from Paula and Steve.
|Tue Dec 4th||Liz Cassell. Christmas flower arrangements.|
A return visit from Liz, with more wonderful Christmas Flower arrangements which will be raffled on the day.