Group Co-ordinators Kearn Nicklin, Gloria Marchbank, Tony Joyce and Deirdre Joyce.
GARDEN GROUP: We meet on the fourth Thursday of the month at 2pm: during the Autumn/Winter months in The Cricket Club.
Admission is £2 per session - £2.50 for visitors who are full U3A members.
There is a yearly membership fee of £10 to pay for the cost of visiting speakers.
Please make sure that you check that we have your up to date contact details: e-mail, telephone etc.
Don’t forget to wear your U3A badge. Kearn Nicklin, Gloria Marchbank, Deirdre Joyce, Tony Joyce
Next month on 26 September we shall be meeting at the Cricket and Sports Centre, Central Avenue Worksop S80 1EN. As usual the meeting will start at 2pm, but from 1.30 we shall be collecting £10 annual membership and the £2 monthly payment for the hall. (The annual membership pays for our visiting speakers.)
26th September 2019
Speaker: John and Gail Summerfield – Westshores Nurseries
(Plants will be available to buy)
24th October 2019
Speaker: Neil Timm – The Fern Nursery
(Plants for sale)
28th November 2019
Speaker: Rachael Barrowcliffe
Topic: Christmas Wreath Making demonstration
(Products to make own wreath will be on sale and Rachael is donating her demonstration as a raffle prize)
December - No Meeting
However, we will be organising a Christmas Dinner or Lunch on: - Thursday 12th December '19 - Venue to be decided and time
23rd January 2020
Speaker: Stuart Dixon
Topic: ‘Timeless Roses'
27th February 2020
Speaker: Steve Lovell
Topic: ‘Planting for Wildlife’
26th March 2020
Speaker: Mike Davey
Topic: ‘Wonderful Wisley’
22 August 2019 to Cascades Gardens
Yesterday we had an intriguing visit to Cascades Gardens nr Matlock in Derbyshire. The trip followed on from Alan Clements' talk to the Garden Group last November, when he told us how he cleared and developed the two acre site and over twenty years, transformed it into a japanese-garden inspired haven.
We really enjoyed walking around and seeing the different areas, each individual yet melding into each other. The cliffs and rocks, streams and waterfalls enhanced the gardens and there were many unusual plants which were interesting. Happily there was only a little rain which didn't really impinge and the visit ended with homemade cakes and tea.
It was a most enjoyable visit, and a memorable final outing for the Garden Group this summer.
25th July 2019 - Garden Party
A huge thank you to Peggy Haywood for hosting our garden party this afternoon. It was a lovely afternoon in every sense: Peggy’s garden seen at its best on such a gorgeous summer afternoon. Thank you so much to the bearers of tasty refreshments and also to Kearn and Gloria for the tombola and everyone who helped with the general organisation. And of course thank you so much for coming yourself.
27th June 2019 - Breezy Knees Gardens
We had a splendid day at Breezy Knees Gardens yesterday. The Gardens are really well laid out into different areas , very varied in the planting and most plants were clearly labelled. The nursery was extensive with both unusual and more common plants and many of us came away with various additions for our gardens. Added to that, there was a very nice cafe: the staff were very apologetic that our coach arrived within minutes of the other coach visiting - they had arranged a hour between arrivals, but the others were late, and we were early. However, enjoying the warm sunshine and waiting for our coffee wasn't that much of a hardship. And to cap it all, we had a most congenial driver and the traffic didn't hold us up at all.
Thank you for coming and supporting the trip.
23rd May 2019 - Visit to Flower Pod, Southwell.
What an interesting afternoon we had! Thank you for coming: it was really good that there were 23 of us there as the charity relies on fund raising, so it was pleasing for Flower Pod that we were a sizeable group.
It proved quite a challenge to find Flower Pod, but what a joy it turned out to be. The weather was lovely- warm and sunny, and we enjoyed our tour with enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff. We heard how the raison d'etre of Flower Pod is to give clients, about 35 of them who have various disabilities or autism, opportunities to work actively in the gardens and to relax and enjoy them.
The flowers in the gardens were lovely, we were able to buy plants, had a raffle with a bouquet for the winner, and had tea and cake. Altogether it was a very good visit.
Our next visit is our day visit to Breezy Knees on 27 June: details to follow.
Thank you everyone who braved the dodgy weather forecast and came down to Easton. Our Garden Group weather-luck held: we had heavy rain as we drove down, and it rained hard on the way home, but during our visit, happily, we only had a couple of light showers.
We were made very welcome by the staff and several of us had lunch in the cafe before enjoying our time in the extensive gardens. We had an introduction by the Head Gardener and it was interesting for members who had previously visited - about four years ago- to see just how the project had extended and matured.
It was a very good visit.
April 2019 Meeting
It was good to see so many of you yesterday. We had another excellent meeting, with Liz Webster from Garden Blooms Nursery talking about Perennials. She was very informative and gave us a lot of useful hints as well as selling some of her plants.
January 2019 Meeting
Well it was a really excellent afternoon today, when Corin Tomlinson, from Greenwood Bonsai Studio near Nottingham shared his skills, knowledge and experience about the art of Bonsai. He had an easy, engaging delivery with gentle humour which provided a most entertaining talk and inspired many of us to feel that we might well 'have a go' or/ and visit his Greenwood Gardens.
Thank you for coming, it was good to see so many of you at the meeting.
In September last year, at short notice when our booked speaker was taken ill, Mike Davey came and gave us an interesting talk about allotments. At the time he told us that he donated his fee to charity and he notified us recently that at the end of 2018 he sent £1700 to Children for Action (from all his talks) and he thanked us to our contribution.
Deirdre, Tony, Kearn and Gloria
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