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 2019
January - No meeting
Thu Feb 14th Talk and practical activity on willow weaving by Peter Wood of Greenwood Days at Thringstone Methodist Hall, 2pm. There will be a charge of approximately £3 for this.
Thu Mar 14th Visit to Dumbleside, Burton Joyce, Notts an NGS garden where we shall, hopefully, see Spring bulbs flowering. This will be an afternoon visit. Charge for entry to garden, tour and tea and cake.
Thu Apr 11th Coton Manor, Northamptonshire. We hope to arrange a talk before visiting the garden, an afternoon visit but members may wish to arrive in time for lunch in the café. Charge for entrance to garden and talk.
Thu May 9th White House Farm, Ingarsby, Leicestershire. An NGS garden, a Georgian farm in 200 acres with lots to see. An afternoon garden, refreshments and charge for entry and refreshments.
Thu Jun 13th A day visit by coach to visit Bourton House Garden near Moreton in Marsh followed by an afternoon visit to Sezincote Garden nearby. We will arrange lunch at Bourton House. There will be an introductory talk about the garden at Bourton House but our visit to Sezincote will be self guided. Timings, cost and any other arrangements will be sent out at the beginning of March.
Sun Aug 11th Woodend Cottage, Repton a 2½ acre garden developed organically with plenty to see.
Thu Aug 8th Our BBQ event but with a difference. This will be an evening visit, 6pm, to the garden of Jackie Manship on Markfield Rd, Groby. A BBQ will be provided for us at a cost of £5 plus entrance to the garden £4. Tea and coffee can be purchased at £1 and wine or beer at £3. Some members visited last year and said the garden is a delight.
Thu Sep 12th Norwell Nurseries, Newark, gardens attached to a renowned nursery which has the largest collection of hardy chrysanthemums which together with asters should provide a stunning display in Sept. An afternoon visit with a charge for entry and an opportunity to purchase plants.
Thu Oct 10th Bluebell Arboretum, Smisby, very local for us! The Bluebell Arboretum provides a stunning display at this time of year. There are trees from all over the world and an excellent nursery for purchasing trees and shrubs. We may be able to have a guided tour but if not the information boards are good and tea/coffee can be purchased on request. This could be a morning or afternoon visit, this is open for discussion. If morning is popular it may be possible to find a lunch venue nearby.
Thu Nov 14th A Christmas making session - format to be confirmed, any ideas welcome or a talk by Sally Cunningham a well known garden expert on the history of fruit in the garden.
Thu Dec 12th Take and Share lunch and programme discussion.
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.
Leicester University Botanic Garden - October 2018
Lovely autumn colour (& excellent cake!)