Deirdre, Tony, Kearn and Gloria have formally ceased to be Garden group co-ordinators
Garden Group – Co-ordinator Vacancy
There is now a vacancy for organiser/s for U3A Garden Group. Deirdre, Kearn, Tony and Gloria have been running the Group for three years and in January 2020 alerted members of their intention to step down this August.
Should anyone decide to take over the role of Group Co-ordinator there is money ear-marked 'gardening' in the U3A bank account which would facilitate the Group starting up again. When things get back to normal if you feel you would like to take on the role of Group Co-ordinator they be more than pleased to discuss this with you. Please feel free to contact them or contact Roger Hancocks Groups Co-ordinator via the contact page who can put you in touch with them
Deirdre, Tony, Kearn and Gloria
Meeting 27 February 2020
We had a brilliant meeting last Thursday, and thank you for joining us.
Steve Lovell gave us a sparkling talk about Gardening for Wildlife, accompanied by lovely photos. We came away with Good Ideas that we can try, and be aware of supporting wildlife in our gardening, plants, animals, bugs and beetles. How important it is during these difficult times.
We certainly came away having had a 'feel-good' afternoon. Much needed.
We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting, fourth Thursday is March 26th. (Tho' Tony and I will be away, virus permitting!). We shall meet at SHIREOAKS VILLAGE HALL.
Gail and John Summerfield will talk to us about establishing their nursery 'The Westfield Story'
Stay well, stay safe.
Deirdre, Tony, Kearn and Gloria.
PS: Any of you prepared to run the group from September? We would normally pre-book the hall (whichever you decide) in advance, for the winter meetings.
Meeting: 23rd January 2020
We had a very interesting meeting yesterday (23rd January 2020), Stuart Dixon told us a lot of useful tips about growing roses successfully, and he had splendid photos which cheered a January afternoon.
Thank you for coming, we hope you enjoyed it.
We were pleased with Shireoaks Village Hall as our venue, and we were made most welcome there. Please note that both our meetings on 27 February (Steve Lovell:planting for wildlife) and 26 March (Wisley is wonderful) will be held at Shireoaks Village Hall. This is to ensure that we have a venue booked in light of the refurbishment of the cricket club after the floods.
In February we anticipate that our summer programme will be finalised. If anyone would be willing to host a summer garden party on Thursday 23 July, please let us know.
Three other items of information:-
Those of you who were at the meeting will know that Kearn, Gloria, Tony and myself are going to stand down from running the garden group after the August meeting. We shall be very willing to liase with any of you who are prepared to take over this role. Do let us know.
If you would be able to offer a lift to a member without transport and wouldn't mind me giving out your mobile number to them, would you reply to me with your mobile number so that I could pass it on when requested.
Deirdre, Tony, and Gloria.
Summer Garden Visits Programme - 2020
Summer Party: Volunteers needed please!!
27th August '20
Thornbridge Hall Gardens, Ashford on the Water. DE45 1NZ
Meet there for 2pm
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.
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