Whitwick & District U3A - Gardens Group
This group is for those with a general interest in all aspects of gardening. The programme is varied including visits local gardens of interest, member's gardens for social events, speakers and demonstrations.
Normally Thursday, approx Monthly.
Programme for 2017
Thu Feb 9th A visit to Hopton Hall, Nr Matlock to view the snowdrops. We will meet at the Hall at 11am for coffee, followed by a wander through the garden to view snowdrops and other winter splendours. Light lunches can then be obtained in the cafe before returning home.
Thu Mar 9th A DVD viewing at Thringstone Methodist Hall which will commence at 2pm. The DVD is entitled 'Discovering Britain's Best Secret Gardens'. The charge for the meeting will be £3 to include tea/coffee and homemade cake. We will aim to finish at 4pm. .
Thu Apr 13th We will be at the home of Les and Mary Unwin in Whitwick. Les has a beautiful garden and hopefully we shall be seeing it in the sunshine with a wonderful display of Spring bulbs. We will meet at 2pm at the Unwin's home and after a tour of the garden there will be a Cream Tea provided by Mary. There will be a charge of £3.50 for this meeting and all the proceeds of the meeting will be going to a Breast Cancer charity.
Thu May 11th A visit to Cascade Gardens, Bonsall near Matlock. These gardens originate from the 18th Century and surround the ruins of an old corn mill. There is a pond with mill race and an old lead mine and the garden is on many levels with a different 'garden room' round every corner. We will be having a guided tour of the garden and a talk by the owner and the visit will commence at 2pm. There will be tea and cake to complete the visit.
Thu Jun 8th The Garden Group are combining with Days Out to visit Chatsworth where the RHS is holding one of its Flower Shows. There will be no other meeting organised for members as it was anticipated that many would be attending this visit. If you wish to go and have not already put your name down please see Sue Calcott or Lynda Hall or book online.
Thu Jul 13th Kelmarsh Hall. This garden is an RHS partner garden and in July visitors are treated to displays of cottage garden perennials and sweet peas in the walled garden and the long border. There is also a vegetable and fruit garden and a restored vinery. We shall be given a garden tour which will commence at 2 o'clock and the cafe will be open for anyone wishing to have lunch before the tour or tea and cake afterwards - or both!
Thu Aug 10th Our annual Summer BBQ and Plant Swap at the home of Pete and Fran Johnson in Coalville commencing at 12 noon. Any non members who are interested in joining the group and who might like to join us at this meeting please contact Fran for further information.
Thu Sep 14th A guided tour of the gardens at Calke Abbey led by Tony Wood, one of the volunteers who leads these tours on a regular basis. The tour will commence at 2pm and refreshments can be taken if the cafe following the tour. Entrance to the garden is free for NT members.
Thu Oct 12th We will be meeting at Thringstone Methodist Hall at 2pm where there will be a quiz on offer compiled by your U3A Chair, Pete Johnson, to be followed by tea and homemade cake.! I hope as many of you as possible will come along, Pete's quizzes always go down well at other venues and I am sure it will be fun and not too challenging. It will also be an opportunity to chat, swap gardening tips and relax with friends we have not seen over the summer.
Thu Nov 9th Again, a meeting at Thringstone Methodist Hall for a practical session where members will be able to make their own Christmas Wreath. The session will be led by Zoe Higgins. We will commence at 2pm and the session will be followed by light refreshments.
Thu Dec 14th Our annual Christmas Sharing Lunch at the home of Roger 'Bis' Bisgrove. We will meet for lunch at 12 noon and the draft programme for 2018 will be presented for discussion afterwards.
For further information on any of the garden days contact Fran Johnson at
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Below are pictures from a recent Gardens event. More pictures are in the gallery.
Calke Abby Gardens - September 2017
More pictures from this visit in the Gallery