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

PROGRAMME


2018


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

2019


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.

Annual Lunch
January 2019
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.




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