Covid-19 status - Currently this Group does not meet regularly but some members interact very sporadically in the leader's garden. Seeds and plants are being exchanged.
The group meets monthly to discuss specific gardening topics and exchange plants and seeds. There is also a regular gardening quiz, with prizes, to test members' knowledge. Visits to relevant gardens and garden centres are arranged throughout the year as long as enough members are interested.
As the meeting is held in the Group Leader's home there is a limit of 14 members - which has already been reached - but interested parties can come along for a taster by arrangement and can be added to a waiting list if required.
In 2019 and up to the pandemic the Group enjoyed a very full programme of events.
- To Royston Hall to see the snow-drops in bloom (February)
- To Cambridge University Botanic Gardens which included viewing the plant called Agave Vivipara which was recently in the news as it has taken 57 years to flower (see photos x 2). (August)
- A visit in November to Gates Garden Centre, Oakham, which supposedly is the largest garden centre in the country.
- The Group ended the year with a meal for members at the Station Restaurant in Wisbech St Mary.
- A professional Gardener gave an interesting talk about gardening. Another talk is booked for October.
- A talk on edible flowers which showed what flowers can be put in salads and cakes. Members sampled cakes with lavender and elder flowers included as ingredients. They also sampled cooked nettles!
- A talk on herbal remedies.
Sue, the Group Leader, has demonstrated many varied subjects as follows:-
- How to make bird baths from plastic pots for a cost of as little as £4.
- How to make a garden ornament using 2 plastic pots and a plastic drip tray with a plastic Buddha (see photo).
- How to line hanging baskets with baby’s nappies in order to absorb water when watering the baskets.
- How to do soft wood cuttings, pruning spring shrubs and taking cuttings from dahlia tubers. Also, Sue advised on plants, shrubs and sowing seeds based on the months of the year.
- How to make a cold frame from a plastic storage box.
- How to make an Alpine Stack.
- How to make a water feature using a metal cage with stones.
- How to make an insect hotel from spare bricks (see photo).
- How to make fertilizer from nettles.
- How to turn recycled guttering into a living wall for small gardens.
If you would like to find out more about this group you can email the Group Leader (see right-hand panel above).
If you are interested in becoming a member of March U3A you can email from the main Contact page.