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September 2015 Newsletter
The Garden Visits group continues to enjoy our monthly meetings combined with local visits and days out further afield. We are now in a position to welcome new members as some of our longstanding members have left the area and others have other commitments, therefore if you would care to contact me I will be happy to have a chat with you regarding our activities.
We also link up with the Hemlock Garden Club for days out having had a spectacular trip to Harlow Carr on the most beautiful of sunny days. A visit to the Dorothy Clive garden was wonderful and we look forward to similar events in the near future.
This year we are fortunate to be visiting two new gardens of our long standing members, something we have had the pleasure of doing annually since the group was formed, getting ideas for our own gardens. Not to mention the cakes!!!
Our most recent success was our 3day holiday to Norfolk. Although the weather could have been better we visited five gardens during our trip, all totally different. It was great to see such a variety and people’s reaction to their favourite was really interesting. I was so pleased that 41 of us really got on so well and it is such a delight that so many friendships are now established since our group began. The amazing moment of our visit to Will Giles Exotic garden in Norwich (pictured left) was when I was told that our 90yr old member was up in the tree house (our own Jane, but where was Tarzan?) followed by the same member having climbed onto the roof at Oxbrough Hall. (pictured right) What a star to have as part of our group. The picture top left is Gooderstone Water Gardens.
We plan to visit Coton Manor gardens in August followed by Powis Castle in September with the Hemlock group and are already planning future trips in 2016.
Thanking all of my members for their invaluable support in continuing to make this such a successful and happy group.
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September 2014 Newsletter
I am delighted to say that the Garden Visits Group is still thriving and enjoying visits both locally and further afield. I would like to thank my entire group who continue to support these events both by opening their own gardens, organising trips and providing ideas for future visits. The Friends of the University Park provides us with information regarding their activities and we appreciate very much our involvement with the Hemlock Garden Club. We joined them on an outing to George Smith’s garden at Heslington Village and David Austin roses, both lovely occasions and look forward later this month to visiting Sheffield Botanical gardens.
Locally our annual trips to Cossall village together with the open day at West Hallam were very pleasant afternoons. Travelling further afield Vivian Morgan was a star and organised an excellent trip to Highgrove. A very different experience and a lovely day out. Many thanks from us all.
Our three day holiday to Northumbria was a first for our group and it proved to be a great success. The sun shone for us, the hotel at Gateshead was in a superb position and provided good food and excellent accommodation. To celebrate Mona’s 90th birthday was an extra treat. Each garden that we visited on the trip varied in design and interest and as a group we all appreciated the contrasts and imagination which produced such wonderful sights. It was great to share the experience with like-minded people and we all had a great time.
Looking ahead we will be visiting Picton gardens in September before the end of the season and then start planning for next year. Already we are forming ideas for 2015 and so with the continuing support of my members together with those in the Practical Gardening group we can look forward to a full and interesting diary of events.
December 2013 Newsletter
The Garden visits group have enjoyed a most successful year in 2013. The members are so enthusiastic and supportive that it is a pleasure to be their leader. We started the year with a Speaker, Sandra Hart, with her very interesting “Bee” talk. She is also a very keen gardener and we hope to visit her garden during 2014.
In spring, Joy took us to Attenborough for a snowdrop walk, we visited Easton gardens with the Hemlock Garden Club and we had a daffodil walk, in aid of Rainbows, at Strelley Hall and were allowed access to the Hall. Despite the cold weather and the flowers not being quite at their best, our spirits were not dampened. May 20th was the Flower Festival at Attenborough Church, an excellent way to start the week, having coffee, sitting in the church grounds after enjoying the skills of the local flower arrangers. June 9th was our annual pilgrimage to the delightful gardens in Cossall open day.
June’s highlights were a wonderful day at the magnificent Ely Flower Festival, the first for 16 years, and on another occasion we visited the delightful garden of Anne, one of our members whose knowledge and skill are superb. In July we enjoyed a perfect summer evening at the Arboretum at Trent College. Our thanks go to Anne and Barbara. The following, very hot, day we visited Fuchsia view in Carlton where we saw ninety varieties of Fuchsia and enjoyed the home baking of our chef host Mr Thorpe. In August we had two more visits to members gardens, a sunny afternoon at Joy’s, where we raised £75 for Joy’s chosen charity followed by a visit to the magical garden of Kathy Brown and enjoyed refreshments in the company of our host, a very knowledgeable and accommodating hostess
September brought us a talk by Barbara Selwood’s daughter Clare, a student at Brackenhurst College, who gave us an insight into her course and her involvement at the Chelsea Flower show, where their display won a well-deserved gold medal. Our meetings continue during the winter months using a different format. Viv produced an excellent and somewhat challenging quiz. Liz had prepared a series of photos taken by the group during the past year and the end result was quite breath-taking, reminding us of the delightful outings we had enjoyed together. On the 11th December we have our Christmas party. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of my garden visits members and friends a very Happy Christmas and look forward to your company and continued support in 2014.
June 2013 Newsletter
I am pleased to report that our Garden visits group is still thriving. Due to increasing support and interest from new U 3A members it has sadly been necessary at this stage to close new membership of the group as we now have on average 35 plus people at our monthly meeting. I am absolutely delighted with the support and interest shown. It is amazing that when we began two years ago that I worried that we might not have enough attending to pay the rent of £10.!!! We have many trips scheduled for this Summer, some local and others further afield and hope that the sun will shine on us to enable us to photograph our days out. This brings me to mention that following our photo display at the December U3A meeting it was decided to make a permanent record of some of our visits since the group was formed. Liz Barnes has produced for us a superb book of photographs which are available for us to enjoy and share together. As the leader of this group I cannot thank enough the members who are so supportive, helpful and enthusiastic, making leading the group such a pleasure.
December 2012 Newsletter
I am delighted to report that our group is going from strength to strength. Over the past months we have enjoyed many outings together some local some further afield. Our latest venture was to Batsford Arboretum and although the weather was not at its best it was a typical mellow autumnal day adding to the atmosphere as we strolled through beautiful grounds in this delightful place. Details of our activities are posted monthly on the website and I am always available to chat to anyone who might wish to join our group. We already have plans for visits next year and a special one will be to Ely Cathedral in June for the flower festival there.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who continue to support our group and give so much to making it such an enjoyable occasion when we meet. Wishing you all a very happy Christmas,
June 2012 Newsletter
The Garden Visits group continues to flourish due to the enthusiasm of its members and their positive contributions. During the winter months obviously our outdoor activities were curtailed but we met as usual on the 2nd Wednesday of the month and on each occasion enjoyed catching up and discussing any successes and problems we were encountering. Also planning our outings for the months ahead.3rd April we visited Evesham to see the blossoms and had our own personal guide around Pershore. Thank you Joy. Our April meeting was most pleasant and it is lovely that so many friendships are blossoming outside of the monthly gathering. It is amazing that only 12 months ago we had not met. Our bluebell walk scheduled for 5th May was brought forward by two weeks as we were advised that date would be too late to see them at their best. Unfortunately the date chosen must have been the wettest and most windy day of the year. Linda did a fantastic job to ensure the afternoon was not a disaster and the group who ventured out reported back that it was great and at the moment when it was really needed the sun put in an appearance. Thank you Linda for all your effort.
Thanks also to Barbara for her monthly invitation to Bardill’s Nursery evening which is proving popular. Saturday 12th May we enjoyed a delightful visit to Bromley House to the secret garden hidden in the centre of Nottingham. Also a chance to support “Maggie’s” fund. Maggie’s Centres are for anyone affected by cancer. A centre was opened at the Nottingham City Hospital following many fund raising events. It is an amazing building just inside the Hospital grounds and It offers cancer patients and their families support to complement their medical care. It has been decided that we will post details on the web-site of proposed visits and place a copy of the details of our last meeting on the notice board at the main U3A meeting. Sandra will always be happy to discuss the group with anyone who may be interested in joining.
I would like to thank all of our members who are contributing many ideas and hosting events and look forward to our continuing success.
December 2011 Newsletter
We enjoy our meetings, which are well attended in the Wesley room on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Throughout the winter months these will continue although our outdoor visits will naturally be curtailed.
We have enjoyed several visits during the last three months including local allotment garden days, visits to members homes, admiring and envying individual gardens, had a very interesting trip to Woodthorpe Grange where we were treated to an insight into the preparation of the plants and procedures which are used by the City to provide the floral arrangements in and around Nottingham. We hope to visit there again in the Spring. We went with the Hemlock Garden group to Bridgmere and the Dorothy Clive Garden which proved a great success and in the future we hope to be joining up with other local gardening groups to share ideas and the cost of coaches.
Our trip to Southwell to the National Gardens Scheme open afternoon at the Bishop’s Palace was a very entertaining and pleasant occasion. The company of the Bishop‟s wife was an extra bonus!!We joined the Wollaton Travel outing to the Harrogate Autumn Flower and Vegetable Show and look to a future visit there at a different time of the year. Maybe combining this with a trip to Betty’s Tea Rooms in Harrogate.
At our last monthly meeting we had a splendid, entertaining and very enthusiastic speaker Mo Cooper from the St Ann’s allotments. This was following our earlier visit to the site which had wetted our interests. Our latest outing was an Autumn tree walk in the University grounds. We had an excellent guide, the sun shone for us and again a most pleasant afternoon was enjoyed.
I would like to thank all of the members especially those who have hosted an event for their involvement and enthusiasm and continuing support for the future of the group.
Sandy, December 2011.