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Thursday, 21 November 2019

Thursday, 21 Nov 2019

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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 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. £6 charge for entry to garden, tour and tea and cake.

Thu Apr 11th Coton Manor, Northamptonshire. This is a 10 acre garden in peaceful countryside with old yew and holly hedges and extensive herbaceous borders containing many unusual plants. There is interest from Spring to Autumn including a bluebell walk and wildflower meadow. There is also a specialist nursery with over a 1000 plants propagated from the garden. This will be an afternoon visit with a talk at 2pm by the owner and then a self guided walk around the garden. There is a café which serves light lunches, cake and drinks.

Thu May 9th CANCELLED due to insufficient numbers. White House Farm, Ingarsby, Leicestershire. This is a former Georgian farm situated in 2 acres of a country garden with beautiful views. Hedges of box, yew and beech divide a cottage garden of perennials and roses and a formal herb garden together with herbaceous borders leading to pools and an informal cascade. There is also an orchard, wild garden and lake. Our visit will start at 2.00pm with a short introductory talk by the owner. The cost of the visit will be £8 per person which includes tea/coffee and cake.

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.

Thu Jul 11th Woodend Cottage, Repton a 2½ acre garden developed organically with plenty to see. This is a plant lover's garden with glorious views on a sloping site developed organically for year-round interest. Herbaceous borders are arranged informally and connected via lawns, a pond and pergolas. There is a mixed woodland and grassed labyrinth which leads naturally into fruit, vegetable and herb potagers with meadows beyond and is especially colourful in July. Our visit will start at 2.00pm with a short introductory talk by the owner. The cost of the visit will be £3.00 and £2.50 for tea/coffee and cake.

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 at 2pm. 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. . Mr Robert Vernon has agreed to give us a guided walk around this beautiful woodland garden which has a large collection of rare trees and shrubs with wonderful autumn colour.

Thu Nov 14th The meeting will commence at 2pm at Thringstone Methodist Hall. We shall be having a group discussion on The best thing I ever did in my garden and the worst problem I have with my garden is....This will be followed by a Plant Swap, tea/coffee and homemade cake. Note this a change from the originally planned meeting.

Thu Dec 12th Take and Share lunch and programme discussion. Postponed until January, as the venue is to be used as a Polling Station.


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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