Gardening Group 2011 schedule

K & D U3A Gardening Programme 2011

Meetings are held between 2.30pm and 4.30pm at Kibworth Grammar School. Please make your own way to the venue for visits, commencing at 2.30pm, unless stated otherwise – if you need a lift contact Gail or Mary. Pay on the day, except for the  coach trips which are required two months beforehand.  Cheques payable to K & D U3A Gardening.

Wednesday 26 January

‘Feed The Soil’,  a Talk by Wendy Martin from the Soil Association about sustainable natural gardening techniques from Africa to try in our gardens in light of climate change. Admission £3, profits to Send A Cow charity. 

Wednesday 23 February

 Visit to The Glebe Garden Centre, Countesthorpe, LE8 5QP for a talk and demonstration about planting late spring flowers and early vegetables in pots and containers, whilst answering our questions. Admission £4 including afternoon tea.

Wednesday 30 March

Visit to The Maltings, Clipstone, Northants LE16 9RS for a guided tour of this NGS plantsman’s garden designed for year round interest. Highlights include many unusual plants, shrubs and trees; fruits and vegetables; spring bulb area; wild garden walk; ponds, stream and bog garden. Admission £3.50 including cream tea with homemade scones and cakes.

Wednesday 27 April

Visit to Coton Manor, Nr. Guilsborough, Northants NN6 8RQ which comprises a series of charming small gardens sloping down from the 17th century manor house. They feature over 1,000 plant varieties, enhanced by streams, fountains and ponds; extensive nursery; and tea room. The spring bulbs and magical 5 acre bluebell wood should be in full bloom. Admission £5. 

Wednesday 25 May

All Day Coach Trip to Sandringham House, Gardens and Museum, Her Majesty The Queen’s  much-loved country retreat. Leaving Kibworth Grammar School at 9am, returning at 5pm, we will have time to explore the stunning gardens, influenced by every generation of the Royal Family which has lived there since 1862; tour the house with knowledgeable guides in every room; and see the museum’s extraordinary collection of royal memorabilia. There is also a gift shop, restaurant and plant shop. The rhododendrons and azaleas should be at their best. Cost approximately £18 due by 25 March. 

Wednesday 15 June

SPECIAL Evening Visit to Brooksby Hall LE14 2LJ, a sixteenth  century manor house, once the home of Admiral Beatty and now the campus for Melton Mowbray Agricultural College. We will have a talk on the history of the estate and a guided tour of the College Gardens and Church. Please make your own way there for 6.30pm. Admission £3 including a hot drink.  

Wednesday 29 June

Visit to Prebendal Manor, Nassington, Cambridgeshire PE8 6QG for a guided tour of the recreated medieval garden. Well stocked with fragrant roses and herbs, it is the largest in Europe and won the Renaissance Heritage top award in 2008. There is a tea room and museum on site. Admission £7. 

Wednesday 13 July 

SPECIAL Summer Meeting – By popular request, we’re holding a Plant Swop at Kibworth Grammar School – sorry only one plant per person. Also Lynne Tann-Watson from The Witches Garden will talk about the medicinal properties of herbs and will bring along samples to sell.  Admission £3.

Wednesday 27 July 

Visit to Acre End, North Luffenham LE15 8JX for a guided tour of this imaginatively designed and intensively planted 1 acre NGS garden. Highlights include knot garden, mixed borders, herb and scented garden, fruit and vegetable garden and woodland garden, all organically managed to encourage wildlife. Admission £4.  

Wednesday 31 August 

Visit to Art De Jardin Garden Sculpture Exhibition, Wing, Rutland LE15 8SE – Take a relaxing stroll through 8 acres of expertly designed and maintained garden, meadow and woodland and admire the sculpture and furniture by contemporary artists thoughtfully sited to illustrate the potential of placing art in outside spaces. Admission £tba

Wednesday 28 September

Afternoon Coach trip to Cannons Ashby NT House & Gardens leaving Kibworth Grammar School at 12.30pm and returning 5pm. Explore the romantic 16th century Elizabethan manor house, virtually unaltered since the 1700s; stroll round the formal garden, orchard and colourful borders dating back to Victorian times; and visit St. Mary’s Church, all that remains of the 12th century Augustinian Priory from which the house takes its name. Tea Room on site. Admission NT members Free; non-members £tba PLUS Coach fare £6.00 per person. Monies due by 28 July.

Wednesday 26 October

‘The Winter Garden’, a Talk by Angela Holland from the Kibworth Garden Centre on planning our gardens for winter colour and interest. Angela will answer our questions and bring along plants to sell. Admission £3.

Wednesday 30 November

Christmas Meeting when Vicki Tuffin, creator of Cedar Farm’s inspirational garden, which we visited last year, will give a demonstration on a Christmas theme, plus prize quiz, festive tea and details of our 2012 programme. Admission £3.