|The University of the Third Age|
|For talks and discussions||and a Swap Shop of seeds, plants & magazines|
|Enjoy a meal||Enjoy looking at a Garden||Enjoy some retail therapy|
June Visit - RHS Chatsworth Flower Show by coach.
The rolling countryside of Derbyshire is the venue for the newest RHS show.
Following in the footsteps of Chatsworth's design Revolutionaries 'Capability' Brown and Joseph Paxton, there will be gardens, displays and features from hotly-tipped designers. A striking reconstruction of Joseph Paxton' magnificent Conservatory is the spectacular setting for floral displays and plant sales. You can also explore mini plant worlds themed around habitats such as woodland, Mediterranean and jungle. Gather gardening tips from talks and demonstrations by experts. Plus quiz RHS Advisors on all your gardening queries. There will be a range of Show Gardens where designers create daring and innovative designs. Exciting categories such as FreeForm will provide a blank canvas for designers to showcase their ground breaking ideas. The show also brings together a selection of th finest independent companies and specialist nurseries, offering a wide-range of design-led products and quality plants for sale. Fresh ideas, cutting edge design and new technology will be at the heart of the show.
June Visit - Woodleighton Grove Gardens
June Visit - Penkridge Gardens
Members Amanda and Ruth will be opening their gardens from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Optional lunch beforehand. The gardens are within a few minutes walk from each other and both are less than 5 minutes from the railway station, with a half-hourly train service. There is also a No 75 bus from Stafford. If people with to drive, a list of where to park can be provided.
July Visit - Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glass Houses, Edgbaston
Four hours at The Botanical Gardens, giving everyone sufficient time to see the extensive variety of botanical treasures including the National Collection of Bonsai & Japanese Garden, the Tropical & Sub Tropical Glasshouses, the Arid, Mediterranean and Butterfly Houses. There is a small modern cafe on site serving some hot food to order but you may wish to bring your own picnic, to eat on the terrace or in the grounds.
The site is disabled friendly and fairly flat with few gradients. At 2.30pm we will re-join the coach and travel to the Wyvale Garden Centre, at Shenstone, near Lichfield.
There will be time to check out this massive garden centre (and perhaps make some purchases) before an included Afternoon High Tea with sandwiches, scones, jam and cream.
August Visit - The Wickets, Wheaton Aston
There's a delight around every corner and lots of quirky features in this most innovative garden. Its themed areas include a fernery, grasses bed, hidden Gothic garden, succulent theatre, cottage garden beds and even a cricket match! It will certainly give you ideas for your garden.
Optional lunch beforehand, choices required in advance. The pub is opposite the garden and next to the Shropshire Union Canal. Why not stroll along the towpath before or after the visit?
20th September - Autumn Colour, Illustrated talk by Rita and Pat
18th October - Gardens of Aquitaine described by Jeanette
15 November - Research a plant beginning with "G"
December - No meeting
January - Annual Garden Group Lunch at The Greyhound Inn, Yarlet. Pre-booking essential.
21st February - Garden Quizzes Set by Norma
21st March - Gertrude Jekyll, Life & Work researched by Amanda & Anne.
18th April - Vita's Gardens. Illustrated talk given by Norma.
May Visit - Biddulph Grange Gardens.
Chatsworth Flower Show
|Woodleighton Grove Gardens June 2017|
|Woodleighton Grove Gardens June 2017||Penkridge Gardens June 2017|
|Penkridge Gardens June 2017||Birmingham Botanical Gardens July 2017|
|The Wickets August 2017||The Wickets August 2017|