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



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.

April Visit - Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre and Gardens. Joint visit for the Science, Astronomy and Garden Groups. Using own transport/car sharing, we will meet at Jodrell Bank at 11.00am. During the day, you will have time to wander in the Planet Pavilion, the Space Pavilion, the Garden & Grounds and the Gift Shop as well as having lunch in th Planet Pavilion Cafe (open 10.00am to 4pm) or having a picnic. The site is disabled friendly with all visitor facilities at ground level. There will be two organised events; you can join either or both. Please indicate on booking form which group(s) you wish to join.
11.30am - Conducted tour of the Gardens & parts of the Grounds led by a Senior Gardener.
2.30pm - Astronomy Talk: The Lovell Telescope - its history & the work it does. In the Classroom, Space Pavilion Cost per person: Entry to Jodrell Bank & U3A session fee £6.00 Astronomy Talk - £5.00, Garden Tour - £5.00 Booking in advance is essential

May Visit - Pat's Garden. Pat, a member of the Garden Group, will be opening her garden from 2.00 - 4.00pm. The garden is on the south side of Stafford with a bus service from Chell Road. It's a mainly spring garden with many flowering shrubs. We may see camellia, azalea, laburnum and hawthorn in bloom an maybe the hellebore and bulbs will be still in flower plus of course other flowering plants. Pat's garden is wildlife friendly and has many features to attract birds, bees and butterflies; the odd hedgehog is seen and of course squirrels. A golden pheasant has visited and sometimes there's a duck in the pebble pond.
After looking round the garden, enjoy afternoon tea (tea/coffee and cakes) which will be served in the conservatory. You can also look through a file of photographs that shows how Pat and Roy have developed the garden. Cost, to include refreshments and session fee: £4.00. Profits will be donated to Marie Curie. Please buy your ticket in advance. If you apply by post, please enclose SAE for your ticket to be sent in. Address for Garden and details of parking arrangements and buses are on the ticket.

June Visit - Kiftsgate Court Gardens by coach, leaving Leon's Stafford at 9.30 There will be a coffee/tea stop for 20 - 30 minutes at The Hallmark Hotel outside Stratford 12.00 The gardens open and we arrive as close to then as possible. 12.15 Welcome and short talk from Anne Chambers, who is the third generation of women who have created and developed the gardens. For the rest of the afternoon, you can choose what to do. Explore the Four Squares and Terrace, the Wide Border, the White Sunk Garden, the Rose Border, the Banks and Lower Garden, the Yellow Border, the wild Garden, Orchard, Mound and Avenue. There is a cafe serving light lunches. Please indicate on booking form if you have any dietary requirements so that the cafe can be told in advance. Picnics are not allowed in the garden but there is a picnic table on the lawn next to the drive beyond the main car park.
Plants grown in the garden and propagated in the nursery are available to buy. The small shop next to the plant sales area offers a range of garden related gifts.
NOTE: The garden is set on two different levels. The route between the upper garden and the lower garden contains several paths which some members will find too steep to tackle. Some paths are also uneven and can become slippery when wet or very dry. Sensible shoes are strongly recommended. Unfortunately, there are no disabled facilities on site.
The coach will depart at 4.00 pm. Price, including coach travel, morning refreshments, entry to Garden, driver's gratuity and U3A session fee: £33.15.
Bookings close 22 May. A booking form must be completed, signed and sent to Amanda whose address is on booking form.

July Visit - Middleton Hall & Gardens, using own transport. Begin the day at 11.00 with tea, coffee and biscuits in the South Dining Room and a short introduction to Middleton Hall followed by a conducted tour of the Gardens which will last approximately 1 hour. You are then free to spend the rest of the day as you wish until the closing time of 4.00pm. There is a small cafe for refreshments & light lunches or you may prefer a picnic. There are picnic tables and plenty of other seating in the grounds. the eighteenth-century Walled Garden boasts original heated walls which are amongst the oldest of their kind and also an original bothy. The Georgian bed design is planted full of flowers loved by pollinators over the summer months. Within the walls is also a herb garden, dedicated to Middleton's two famous naturalists John Ray and Francis Willoughby and a working Smithy. The gardens contain a heritage orchard, short lakeside walk & the West Lawn with a traditional croquet set. Middleton Hall has buildings ranging from Medieval to Victorian. There is a History Room tracing the estate back to Saxon times. The oldest building on site dates back to 1285 but the foundations of other buildings are much older. Also explore the Tudor Jettied Building and Great Hall, the bedroom of the naturalist, John Ray, the Victorian kitchen and grand Georgian west wing. On the first floor is the Peel Museum, celebrating the life of Sir Robert Peel and his family. In the Courtyard is a popular coffee shop and also independent retail businesses. Price each £12.50 includes tea and coffee on arrival, introductory talk, guided garden tour, admission to the Hall, gardens and grounds for the whole day and U3A session fee. Bookings close 27 June. Recommended Route: via Fazeley, then A4091. Soon after passing Drayton Manor Park on the right, Middleton Hall is o the left. If you approach through Middleton village, you will have to cross both lanes of a dual carriageway to reach the Hall.

Annual Lunch
January 2019
Jodrell Bank Arboretum April 2019
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.

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