Garden Visits Programme - 2019

 
Important news about the Garden Visits Group, formerly the Gardening group.
 
As from January 2019, after over 7 years of meeting every month to hear and talk about numerous aspects of gardening, we are trying out a new format for this coming year,
 
Many members have joined us on our regular coach visits over the years, so these Days Out will be the main focus in 2019.  As usual these visits will be open to all previous Gardening group members, with spare seats being offered to any other U3A members.
 
I have been collating a list of anyone who would like advance notice of these visits, as we usually have more members wishing to come, than coach seats.
 
Confirmed details of our first few visits can be found below:
 
To book places please contact Janice Evans on 01562 755660 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful and Happy 2019
 
 
Garden Visits Programme 2019
 
 
 
  Date and Time Visit Details  in  2019

  Sunday 10th March

Leaving Brinton's Park at 9am

Money to be paid by Monday 18th Feb.

 

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas.

  This visit includes looking around the Plant Hunters Fair on the NMA site.  The Plant Fair includes specialist nurseries selling perennials, shrubs, rare species and heritage varieties.  The National Memorial Arboretum is a special place of memorial and inspiration, with so much to see in the peaceful gardens.  There will be a free talk in the Chapel at 2pm.  Restaurant and coffee shop both open all day.  

  Cost of this visit:  £10 each, which includes the coach fare, driver's tip and donation to the N M A.  Leaving approx 3 - 4pm dependant on the weather.

    

  Wednesday  8th May.

  Leaving Brinton's Park  at 8.45am  

Money to be paid by Wednesday 10th April.

 

Attingham Park Mansion, Shrewsbury.

  The 18thC mansion and estate of the Berwick family shaped by a story of love and neglect, has been in the care of the National Trust for 70 years.  So much to see inside the now glorious mansion, which inspires the sense of beauty, space and awe. Visit the iconic Picture Gallery and the Springtime planting in the Walled Garden.  The Carriage House cafe will be open all day. 

There will be an introductory talk about the Berwick Family on our arrival.  

 Cost of this visit:  For NT members,  £9.00 each.  Cards to be shown on arrival.  Cost for NON NT members,  £20.90 each    Both prices include the coach fare, driver's tip, Family talk and entrance fee for non members.  Leaving about 4.15pm.

  Wednesday 26th June

  Car Share,  Arrive

  1.15 - 1.30pm

 Gardening Group and Local & Social History Group and Quizzing Group Members Only,  Sorry

 Visit to the Confetti Flower field near Wick, Pershore

A unique farm that grows multicoloured flowers which are then harvested and dried to produce beautiful flower petals.  These are then sold for use at weddings, celebrations and floral displays etc, throughout the year.

The field is only open for a few day a year, after blooms appear.  The flowers are then harvested when they are at their best.  There is a pop up cafe available for drinks and cake, and there are toilets.

2019  entrance fee  £5 each    Date Confirmed

  Wednesday 10th July

Leaving Brinton's Park at   8.45am

Money to be paid by

Monday 24th June

  Trentham Gardens,  Stoke.  

 Visiting the contemporary revival of the famous Italian Gardens, led by the renowned designer, Tom Stuart-Smith.  See the Rivers of Grass and the Floral Labyrinth, designed by Piet Oudolf.  The Capability Brown Lake lies in the garden's centre with its beautiful lakeside walk.

Cost for this trip is  £17.00 each, this includes coach fare, driver's tip and entrance fee into the Gardens.     

 Wednesday 4th September 2019

 

 Coach Visit to Middleton Hall and Gardens,  Tamworth.   Leaving Brintons Park at 8.45am.  Visit this Historic Manor House with over a 1000 years of history.  Wander around the Georgian Walled garden and nature trail.  All renovated by a volunteer led charity.
 
The cost of this visit is £20 each which includes the coach fare, driver's tip, entrance fee, introductory talk with morning coffee/tea.   
 
One hour tour of the hall, members split into small groups with their own guide.  Entry into the Sir Robert Peel Museum, he was twice Prime Minster and founded our Police service.   
 
There are independent shops in the Courtyard and the restaurant and cafe will all be open.  Money to be paid by 31st July please.