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The Gardening Group

Leader:  Paul Dean - gardening@ashbyu3a.co.uk - phone 01283 295987

The group meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 2.15 pm at Packington Village Hall unless otherwise indicated.

Please note: All attendees must show their u3a membership card to all events.

Future programme

Thu 21st Mar2.10 pmPackington Village HallA talk about the Blackberry Garden by owner and creator Alison Levey, writer and lecturer. Entry £4
Thu 18th Apr12 noonSELF-DRIVE to Meynell Langley Gardens, Kirk Langley DE6 4NTArrive for 12 noon. Tea rooms available and food to be pre-ordered in advance if required. Further info will be given as soon as possible. Entry £5 inc. tour behind the scenes of the nursery, (trials gardens, weather permitting).
Thu 16th May9.30 amCoach trip to Arley Hall Gardens, Cheshire.Coach departs 9.30 am from the Royal Hotel. £31, optional garden tour £9.

15th February - 'The Plant Hunters'. A talk by Simon Gulliver

Our talk today was given by Simon Gulliver, who is an advisor to over 30 National Trust gardens. He previously worked at Birmingham Botanical gardens, and now lectures at Pershore college.

The theme of his talk was the Plant Hunters who travelled around the world looking for new species of plants. He, himself, has been to Guatemala on a plant finding expedition. It was very interesting to find out where certain plants originated from, and the history of the people who found the different species, bought them back to the UK to propagate them, and introduce them into circulation. A lot of the species names include the name of the explorer.

Simon showed us some super photos and also brought a selection of plants for sale that he had propagated.