Gardening Group 2013 schedule

Gardening Group Programme 2013

Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month, 2.30-4.30pm 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 ahead – cheques payable to K & D Gardening.

30 January

Talk by Chris Etherington on ‘The Development & Successes of Market Harborough in Bloom’. As part of her role as Community Development Manager for Harborough District Council, Chris became Project Manager for Harborough in Bloom. Although HDC has relinquished responsibility, Chris now manages the project on a voluntary basis to ensure its continuing success. Admission £3

27 February

Spring Social Meet up with fellow gardening enthusiasts over a cup of tea/coffee for a  members’ questions and answers session and a chance to enjoy Mary’s popular DVD. Admission £3

27 March

Half Day Coach Trip to Long Whatton Hall Gardens, Loughborough Lord Crawshaw will introduce us to his wonderful 15 acre 19th century country house garden. Highlights include the woodland garden, carpeted with spring bulbs and wild flowers; flowering shrubs; ornamental trees; ponds; a ‘Bogey Hole’ and replicas of the famous Terracotta Army standing guard in the Chinese Garden. The coach will leave KGS Car Park promptly at 12 noon and return from Long Whatton at 5pm. Cost £9.50. Tea/coffee and homemade cake will be available for an additional £2.50.

24 April

Half Day Coach Trip to Burghley House Gardens, Stamford for guided tours of the rarely open Private South Gardens by the head gardener, and of the State Rooms, plus access to the Gardens of Surprise, Brewhouse Exhibition Centre, gift and garden shops, restaurant and cafe.  The coach will leave KGS Car Park promptly at 11.30am and return from Burghley at 5pm. Cost £20.

29 May

Visit to Cottesbrooke Hall, NN6 8PG for a guided tour of the gardens by the head gardener and a chance to admire the remarkable 18th century Park. The formal and wild gardens have been developed by such illustrious landscape designers as Robert Weir Schultz, Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe, Dame Sylvia Crowe, James Alexander Sinclair, Angela Collins and Arne Maynard. Admission £7. Refreshments available on site at additional cost.

12 June

Visit to The Old Stables, Bruntingthorpe, LE17 5QL to explore this NGS plant lovers’ 1 acre country garden with its large herbaceous borders packed with a variety of perennials and shrubs; many mature trees; wild-life area with ponds; striking views to Leicester; rockery; raised alpine beds and tender plants in containers. Owner David Roberts will introduce us to the garden and answer questions. Admission £3.50, plus £2.50 for tea/coffee and cake.

26 June

All Day Coach Trip to Renishaw Hall & Gardens, North Derbyshire the Sitwells’ family home for nearly 400 years. We will have a guided tour of the hall plus admission to the gardens, museum and exhibition. The spectacular collection of art and historical artefacts includes portraits by Sargent, Rosa and Copley, murals by John Piper, Chippendale furniture, magnificent tapestries and collection of Blue John. The celebrated Italianate Gardens, laid out in 1895 and lovingly restored, are bound by more naturalistic plantings with holly and camellia avenues leading through mature woodland down to the lakes. There are refreshment facilities and gift shop on site. The coach will leave KGS Car Park promptly at 9am returning from Renishaw at 4.30pm. Cost £20.  

31 July

Half Day Coach Trip to Easton Walled Garden, Lincolnshire 12 glorious acres of these 400 year old ‘lost’ gardens have been rediscovered. We will have a guided tour of the lovely meadows, vegetable and cottage gardens and borders. Highlights include David Austin roses and 60 varieties of beautiful sweet peas. Refreshments and plant shop on site.  The coach will leave KGS Car Park promptly at 12 noon and return from Easton at 5pm. Cost £14.  

28 August 

Visit to Briarwood, 4 Poplars Farm Road, Barton Seagrave, Kettering NN15 5AF This NGS garden of two parts features quirky original sculptures and many faces: a south facing lawn and borders bursting with summer colour, climbers, trees, lily pond and terrace; also a secret garden with summerhouse, orchard, potager and water features. Admission £5 plus £2 for tea/coffee/cold drink and homemade cake. 

25 September 

Visit to Orchard House, Husbands Bosworth, Lutterworth LE17 6LR This small enclosed NGS garden is a hidden gem with elements of surprise around every corner. Five ‘garden rooms’ are shaded by mature trees and linked by Victorian gravel paths. Features include a patio area with summer planting and water features, alpine bed and varied use of container planting. Admission £2.50 plus extra charge for homemade teas.

30 October

Visit to Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH Whether you are interested in plants, vegetables, fruit  or garden design, the 38 individual gardens provide a wealth of ideas. The television gardens created by Geoff Hamilton have been nurtured and enhanced by his son Nick. Refreshments and plant shop on site. Admission £5.

27 November 

 Christmas Meeting including topical demonstration by Rutland Willows, festive tea, raffle and prize quiz.  Admission £3.