Gardening Group 2012 schedule

Gardening Group Programme 2012   

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.

25 January

Talk by Gill Hadland, Runner Up in the BBC’s Gardener of the Year 2009 Award, about her garden and her experience in taking part in a major public gardening competition. Admission £3

29 February

Talk by Tilly Yates and Elaine Turner about their endeavours and experiences whilst gaining RHS Diplomas in Horticulture, mentoring children in gardening and giving talks for charity. They will also field a garden related quiz. Admission £3.

28 March 

Visit to NGS gardens in Gaddesby: Park in the Main Street and meet at Copper Coin, Cross Street to see daffodils, tulips and bluebells in this south facing garden, before a short walk over to Parkside, Park Hill where spring bulbs and hellebores flourish in a woodland setting and time to enjoy homemade tea. Admission £5.

25 April

All Day Coach Trip to Springfields Festival Gardens & Outlet Shopping Centre, Lincolnshire: We will leave Kibworth Grammar School Car Park a 9.30am and return from Spalding at 4pm. On arrival there will be time for a coffee before a guided tour around the gardens by Andy Boyton, the head gardener at 11.30am, who will also give us a brief history of Springfields Horticultural Society. The daffodils should be in bloom and the tulips appearing. Then we’ll be free to explore further, visit the shopping mall and on-site refreshment facilities. Coach Fare £10.50; Free Entry to Gardens.

30 May

Visit to NGS Gardens, South Kilworth:  County Organiser, Colin Olle gave us a wonderful talk and now it’s time to visit his fascinating garden at Croft Acre, The Belt, LE17 6DX, and also Pam and Martin Shave’s colourful garden at Oak Tree House, North Road, LE17 6DU. Admission £3.50 plus £2 for homemade tea.

13 June   

Visit to NGS Garden at Stoke Albany House, LE16 8PT: Highlights of this 4-acre country-house garden include Potager with topiary, water garden, nepeta walk arched with roses, Mediterranean garden and sculptures. No refreshments on site.  Admission £3.50.

27 June

Visit to NGS Gardens, Wigston. We begin by exploring Chris and Janet Huscroft’s garden at 28 Gladstone Street, LE18 1AE, before a 10 minute drive onto Barry and Mary Hayward’s garden at 1 Wellhouse Close, LE18 2RQ and then another 10 minute drive to Mr and Mrs Measures’ garden at Mill House, 118 Welford Road, LE18 3SN and time for tea. Admission £5.

11 July

Half Day Coach Trip to Castle Ashby, NN7 1LQ: We will leave Kibworth Grammar School at 12.30pm and return from the gardens at 5pm. Highlights include the fuchsia house, romantic Italian gardens and arboretum with nature trail. Walled garden Tea Room on site. Coach Fare £7.50; Concession Admission on the door £4.50. 

25 July

Visit to NGS Gardens and Nature Reserve: Enjoy the sloping gardens at Farmway, Church Farm Lane, Willoughby Waterleys LE8 6UD with views across Leicestershire, brimming with herbaceous perennials, roses, lavenders, herbs and vegetables.  Admire the immaculate lawns, mixed herbaceous and shrub borders, water features , alpine garden and containers at Coldor, 4 Arnesby Lane, Peatling Magna, Leicester LE8 5UN and explore the nearby Nature Reserve. Admission £3.50.  Refreshments extra.

29 August

Visit to NGS Garden at Avon House, 4 Rugby Road, Catthorpe, Lutterworth LE17 6DA: Owner David King will show us around his delightful country cottage garden including large vegetable plot, mixed borders of late season interest, fruit trees and ponds. NB - Park at the Farm Shop about 400 yards away, which also has refreshment facilities. Admission £3.50. 

26 September

Visit to Lamport Hall, Lamport NN6 9HD: Restored and extended over the past two decades, the tranquil gardens and parkland were originally laid out in 1655 by Gilbert Clark and strongly influenced by Mary Isham in the 1820s and her son Charles, who was responsible for the Italian and Rock Gardens possibly introducing the first garden gnomes! Wander at leisure around the 7 acres. Admission £4. A guided tour of the House at 2.15 or 3pm and refreshments are at additional cost.   

31 October 

Visit to the Attenborough Arboretum, Carisbrooke Road, South Knighton, Leicester LE2 3PF: Enjoy a guided tour of the 5 acre site which includes possibly the city’s only surviving medieval ridge-and-furrow field. The planting scheme is designed to display native trees in sequence of their arrival in this country following the ending of the last ice age. There are toilets but no refreshments on site. Tour cost £3.50.

28 November 

Christmas Meeting including festive tea, quiz, Mary’s popular DVD and time for members’ questions and answers. Admission £3.