|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|
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. The Gardens she made, the Gardens that influenced her and the Gardens she influenced. An Illustrated talk given by Norma.
May Visit - Biddulph Grange Garden, Grange Road, Biddulph, ST8 7SD 2.30 pm using own transport. this National Trust property, 7 miles north of Stoke on Trent, has an amazing Victorian garden created by James Bateman.
There is an Italian terrace, a Chines inspired garden, the oldest surviving golden larch in Britian (brought from China by the plant hunter Robert Fortune) and a dahlia walk. Of course, we won't see any dahlias when we visit but, depending on the weather this spring, we may see the last of the Tulip Rainbow, 13000 bulbs that have recently been planted in the dahlia walk. In May the Chilean flame trees are ablaze with red flowers in the bowling green. The first rhododendron to flower is usually in the Glen and then the others start to bloom around the lake, reaching a peak of colour in mid-May. At the top of Lime Avenue is an interesting feature called rainbow which has four concentric arcs of rhododendrons which flower together. There will be a volunteer led tour of the garden plus free time. Note: there are 400 steps in the garden. Optional pub lunch beforehand. Menu choices by end of April Bookings close end of April.
June Visit - Morville Hall Dower House Garden by coach. Fully booked. Depart Leon's Coaches, Beaconside at 10.15am
June Visit - Shropshire Lavender, Pickstock, TF10 8AH 2pm, using own transport. There will be a talk, starting in the Lavender Field (weather permitting) and continuing in the Marquee. Topics covered will be Choosing, Cultivating, Picking & Distilling of Lavender. After enjoying freshly baked lavender scones, cakes, tea and cofee, there will be time to stroll round the lavender fields and the 2 acre garden as well as visiting the farm shop where there is a wide range of lavender products and other gifts plus lavender plants for sale. Optional pub luch beforehand.
July Visit - The Royal Gardens at Highbrove by coach. Leaving Leons at 8.00am. Tours at 12.30pm (Group A) and 12.55pm (Group B). Please specify on booking form which group you'd like to join but, if it is full, you will be allocated to the other one. Each group will be led by one of HRH The Prince of Wales' expert guides for a two-hour garden tour, which will take the group through a series of highly individual gardens that bring to life the Prince's horticultural ideas, and give insight into his creativity and imagination. Highlights include the Stumpery, Cottage Garden, Sundial Garden, Thyme Walk and the Wild Flower Meadow. Then you'll be free to enjoy refreshments in the Orchard Restaurant, as well as visit the Estate Shop, which is stocked with a diverse mix of artisan products and souvenirs, many of which have been produced exclusively for Highgrove. A variety of plants will also be on sale, as well a wide selection of gardening tools and accessories. Note: Some paths on the Estate are unmade, there are cobblestones on the Estate and there are no seating facilities in the garden. Security: All visitors must bring some form of photographic identification with them - ideally a passport, driving licence or bus pass. This will be checked before you boad the coach. Mobile phones are not permitted anywhere on the Estate. No photography, binoculars, any form of recording equipment or your own food and drink are allowed on the Estate. It is planned to leave Highgrove at 4.00pm. Bookings close 31 May.
August Visit - Westonbury Mill Water Garden by coach Leaving Leons at 9.30am to travel to historic market town of Ludlow for lunch, sightseeing and or shopping. Visit the castle, the market, some of the many individualistic shops, mostly independently owned, or one of the wide variety of eateries in the town. Alternatively take a picnic to Ludlow Millennium Green situated by the River Teme and Dinham Bridge. Its a large green open space in a beautiful location underneath the cliff that Ludlow Castle's imposing ruins sit upon. Depart Ludlow at 1.15pm to travel to Westonbury Mill Water Garden, a 'different', 'unusual' and j'inspirational' garden. Entering the garden by bridge over the Curl Brook, past the Mill Pool you come to the Bog Garden, rich in water-loving plants. Paths cross the bog allowing a good view of individual plants. From the Bog Garden you may wander in any of several directions. There's the Big Pond, the Cairn Garden, the Canal, the Wild Flower Meadow, the Rill, the Lily Pond and the blue Monet Bridge. You will also be delighted by the series of dotty and delightful follies that the owner has built. There is a cafe on site where drinks, cakes and snacks can be purchased. Returning from garden at 4.00pm.
19 September - TBA
17 October - Gardens of Suzhou, China described by Ray. Some of these gardens are listed as UNESCO Heritage Sites.
21 November - Research a plant beginning with "H"
December - No meeting
Chatsworth Flower Show
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