Stafford U3A 
The University of the Third Age 

Garden Group

The group meets Monthly on the 3rd Wednesday from 10.00 to 12.00

For talks and discussions and a Swap Shop of seeds, plants & magazines
Garden Visits on various days in the month where we:
Enjoy a meal Enjoy looking at a Garden Enjoy some retail therapy



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 - My Veg Patch, short talks by Margaret, Ann and Tom.

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


January - Garden Group New Year Lunch at the Greyhound at Burston, 12.00 for 12.30pm. Menu choices required in advance. Bookings close on 12 December 2018 or when numbers limit is reached

20th February - Flower Quizzes set by Norma

20th March - Monet and More Illustrated talks by Jenny & Norma

17th April - Garden Group Question Time. Panel: Tom, Jackie, Mike & Pat. Questions & queries are required in advance, by 23 March.

May Visit - Pat's Garden More details later.

Annual Lunch
January 2018
Biddulph Grange Gardens May 2018
Biddulph Grange Gardens May 2018 Morville Hall Dower House Garden June 2018
Morville Hall Dower House Garden June 2018 Enjoying Lavender Scones at Shropshire Lavender, June 2018
Westonbury Mil Water Garden August 2018 Westonbury Mil Water Garden August 2018

To find out more about this group:
Members - You can read up-to-date information in the latest edition of the Stafford U3A Newsletter in the Members' Forum. See the Notices page for how to register.
Non-members - Use the Contact Us page.

Last modified: November 17 2018 14:48:11.