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Whitwick & District U3A

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Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Wednesday, 29 Jan 2020

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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 2020

Thu Jan 9th Take and Share lunch postponed from December. Botcheston Village Hall, Main St, Botcheston, LE9 9FF, 12.30 for 1.00 pm. Note this is 30 mins later than originally advised.

Thu Feb 13th A talk by Sally Cunningham on 'Gardening for Butterflies'. Thringstone Methodist Hall, 2.00 pm.

Thu Mar 12th The Dower House, Melbourne 2.15pm

Thu Apr 9th Lea Gardens afternoon visit, time TBC

Thu May 14th Ravenstone Hall afternoon visit, time TBC

Thu Jun 11th Morton Hall & Meadow Farm Nursery, whole day visit, leave by coach 9.30am

Thu Jul 9th Hopton Hall, Derbyshire, lunch to be arranged, time TBC

Thu Aug 13th BBQ & Plant Swap Phryne's garden, 12pm

Thu Sep 10th Aqueduct Cottage, Coleorton, time TBC

Thu Oct 8th TBA

Thu Nov 12th Talk by Roger Bisgrove, Thringstone Village Hall, 2pm

Thu Dec 10th Christmas Lunch, Botcheston Village Hall, 12.30pm


For further information on any of the garden days contact Fran Johnson at gardens at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk

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Below are pictures from a recent Gardens event. More pictures are in the gallery.

Smisby Arboretum - Octobert 2019

A palm looking rather like a tree fern with  a spaly of leaves
Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan or Windmill Palm) - very hardy tree native to western China - one member grew up with one of these in their Cardiff garden

A very slender tree with dark green foliage staying close to main trunk
Liquidambar styraciflua Slender Silhouette (Sweet Gum Tree) - from north America

Guide explaining to the members
The guide was very knowledgeable

A relatively compact acer with striking deep pink leaves
There were many firey colours such as Euonymous alatus Little Moses

A show of deep golden leaves
Acer tegmentosum (Amur Maple) native to Manchuria and North Korea

A group of young acers in crimson, yellow and maroon
An array of acers

A splay of stems with grey-green bark with vertical white bands
Acer tegmentosum (Amur Maple) has amazing snake like bark


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