Maldon U3A - Gardeners 2004 Group Page

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From March to October we organise outings to various gardens, nurseries and Member's gardens throughout Essex and pehaps into Suffolk. These usually entail a morning visit to a nursery/garden, pub lunch, visit another garden, followed by afternoon tea.

Plant swaps in the Spring and Autumn at Member's houses.

All very laid back and most enjoyable.

We 'car-share' for these visits. Come and join us.

Coordinator:- Jan Robertson, Tele 01245 225657.

Time;- A Tuesday - see Gardener's 2004 Programme avaible from Jan.

Venue:- Again, see Gardener's Programme.

On the 27th April, 2004 we went to Mill Race Nurseries for a visit & lunch.
These are towards Colchester and have a large plant, statue & tree display area. Picnics were held near the river.

Car park of Mill Race Nurseries
Car park of Mill Race Nurseries

4 persons in a boat
            4 persons in a boat

After lunch we travelled to Horkesley Hall at Little Horkesley where we visited the gardens.

Horkesley Hall
Horkesley Hall from across the lake

Viburnum bush Viburnum bush

Plaque for Viburum bush
Plaque for Viburum bush

Sorbus Tree

Plaque for the Sorbus Tree

To round off the excellent day some Members visited the nearby Church which was destroyed by a bomb in 1943 & rebuilt in 1953.

On May 11th we visited 'Rosemary', East Bergholt for a conducted tour by the owner. This was as interesting as the garden was unique.
After lunch in one of the nearby public houses or a picnic we found our way to East Bergholt Place, a nursury run now by the Grandson of the gentleman who laid it out in the mid 1850s.

Again, Jan had laid on a conducted tour of the many acres of unique plants, shrubs & trees.

Flowering bush
Flowering bush which provided great ground cover in a large garden.

Handkerchief Tree
                          Handkerchief Tree.

Rhododendron bush with members of the Gardener's Group.

A red Rhododendron bush.       

Close up of this lovely plant.

On May 25th the Group visited the Old Rectory in Boreham. It was a lovely hot day and about 40 Members turned up.

The house is a Grade II Listed building with fine lawns, ponds, flowers & a vegetable garden.

Old Rectory, Boreham
Old Recory, Boreham.


Vegatable garden
Vegetable garden.

Afternoon tea
                          Afternoon tea.

Above are a few of the photographs taken from a sample of the Gardens visited during 2004.

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Maldon U3A 2004
Last revised: 15th November, 2004 to change background colour.