Group Co-ordinators Kearn Nicklin, Gloria Marchbank, Tony Joyce and Deirdre Joyce.
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:-
1. 25 June is our day trip by coach to ARLEY HALL, CHESHIRE. The cost will be approximately £22 and we shall need £5 non-returnable deposit for this trip at the last indoor meeting on 26 March ( and the final payment by general meeting on 21 May)
2. 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.
3. 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.
We hope to see you on 27 February.
Deirdre, Tony, Kearn and Gloria.
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.
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.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Thu Feb 27th||Planting for Wildlife|
by Steve Lovell
|Thu Mar 26th||Wisley is Wonderful|
with Mike Davey
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