Gardens Group 1
Owing to social distancing Garden Group 1 outings are suspended for the foreseeable future.
Contact the Gardens Group 1 group leader, Barbara Jacobs on telephone 01279 655578 or by email using the button at the top of this page.
The Gardens Group 1 meets at least once a month, usually in the morning of the fourth Thursday of the month, although we occasionally meet at other times too. The purpose of the group is to spend the summer months visiting gardens open to the public, either by travelling to fairly local gardens when we drive ourselves, or by coach to gardens further afield. We have about 3 coach trips per year, and during the months of November to January/February we have workshops and/or talks on garden-related issues.
The charge for membership is £10 per year, which covers the cost of hall hire, speakers etc.
Because the Group is so popular, we have had to limit the number of members to 50, but we do hold a waiting list.
Non-members of the Gardens Group 1 can join us on our coach trips (depending on availability of seats). Please see 'Dates for Diary' box below.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.
(Please note: entrance to talks are free for Gardens Group 1 members, £2 for other U3A members. Price includes refreshments).
All talks are held at the Emmaus Centre (rear of St Barnabus Centre) and start at 2.15pm. Please arrive just after 2pm so we can start on time.
Thursday 26th March 8.30 rear of Sainsburys, Thorley
Coach trip to Chiswick House, London to see the gardens and camellia festival.
An opportunity to admire the rare and historic camellias in the grade 1 listed conservatory. A gorgeous array of blooms: pink, red, white and striped. The collection has 33 varieties, many of which are descended from the original 1828 planting. Among them is the unique Middlemist’s Red, originally brought from China in 1804 by Londoner John Middlemist, a nurseryman from Shepherd’s Bush.
£16 (includes coach, driver’s tip, entry to the gardens is free)
Thursday 23rd April Meet 10am rear of Sainsburys for car sharing or 10.55 in NT car park Danbury CM3 4JJ
We had a popular and successful visit to Furzelea at dahlia time in 2018, now we will be visiting in tulip season. The colour co-ordinated borders are enhanced with topiary, grasses and climbers. There are many unusual plants and always something of interest.
£8 to include entry, tea/coffee and cake. (Please let Barbara know of any dietary requirements)
Thursday 28th May 8.30 rear of Sainsburys, Thorley
Coach trip to Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, near Horsham
Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens have been described as “The Finest Woodland Gardens in England.” First planted in 1801, the Grade I Listed gardens on the 240 acre estate features outstanding scenery throughout the year. We will hopefully see azaleas and rhodendrons in bloom. There is also a renowned rock garden, a dolls’ house museum and a colony of rare wallabies.
£26 (includes coach, driver’s tip and garden entry)
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