|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|
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.
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.
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