Maldon U3A - Gardeners Group Page for 2006


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.

See below the 2006 Programme.



Programme for 2006:-

Welcome to this year’s programme. We will be visiting new venues, plus some old favourites and I hope you enjoy them.

Wednesday, March 8th. We met at 2.15 pm in Mundon Village Hall for a cup of tea and to discuss the programme. We also had a gardening theme video of Secret Gardens by Alan Tichmarsh and pictures of the 12th Annual Orchid Exhibition at Kew Gardens.


The large audience in Mundon Village Hall with Alan infront bending down
adjusting the audio/visual equipment.


Tuesday, April 11th at 2.30pm. Plant Swap at the home of Doreen Warwick, 26 Brompton Gardens, Maldon. Tel. No. 01621 853821


Tuesday, May 16th at 10.30am. Visit to Bucklesham Hall, Bucklesham, Nr. Ipswich. Home of Mr. & Mrs. D. Brightwell.
Directions:- 6m NE of Ipswich. 1m E of village nr Bucklesham School on road to Brightwell.

A 7-acre garden. Rare trees and plants. Water and woodland gardens with unusual acres and rhododendrons. Walled garden with shrub roses and a gravel garden containing flower beds and terracotta urns and sinks with rockery and alpine plants.

Entrance: £3.00 including coffee and biscuits.


Then at 2.30 pm, return visit to Rockstead, Nacton, Nr. Ipswich for a spring visit to the home of Jeremy & Angela Pratt

5m E of Ipswich. In centre of Nacton village by War Memorial, approx 1m S of Seven Hills roundabout on A14.

1-acre garden with informal plantings, mature trees and lawns on an undulating site. Numerous scree beds; raised beds; alpine house for cultivation of alpines and bulbs; vegetable and fruit gardens. Waterfall and reconstructed C19 rockery.
Entrance: £2.50 including coffee.


U3A—Four day visit to Dorset & Somerset Gardens & Grand Houses Monday, 12th June—Thursday, 15th June


Tuesday, June 20th at 10.30am. Visit to Ulting Wick, Ulting, home of Mr. & Mrs. B. Burrough.

Directions:- 3m NW of Maldon. Take turning to Ulting (Ulting Lane) off B1019 at Langford, after 2.2m at T-junction, garden is opposite.

4-acre garden set around C16 farmhouse and barns (C17 barn open) undergoing major changes with emphasis on colour. Herbaceous borders, winter, spring and cutting garden provide yr-round interest. Natural pond and stream bordered by mature willows and beds containing moisture and shade loving plants. Vegetable garden with Victorian style glasshouse, 2 further gardens and 3 acre woodland planted.

Entrance: £3 including coffee.


Tuesday, July 11th. U3A Open Gardens day in Maldon—to be arranged.

Open all day. Full details regarding times and venues to be discussed and details will be printed in the newsletter and given out at the Monday meetings or on request. Maps will be available.


Tuesday July 25th at 10.30am. Visit to Dragons, Boyton Cross, home of Mrs. Margot Grice.

Directions:- 5m W of Chelmsford. On A1060. Between The Hare PH & The Keys Hotel.

Plantsman's garden of 2/3 acre. Front garden, mature dwarf conifers and grasses, 2 ponds, patios, scree garden and colour- themed borders. Summerhouse overlooking stream and farmland.

Entrance: £3.00 including coffee.


Then:- at 2.30pm. Visit to Hobbans Farm, Bobbingworth, home of John & Ann Webster.

Directions:- 10m W of Chelmsford. N of A414 between Ongar Four Wantz roundabout & N Weald ‘Talbot’ roundabout just past Blake Hall Gardens. 1st farm entrance on R after St Germain’s Church.

Romantic, tranquil gardens surrounding C16 farmhouse and barns. Herbaceous treasures jostle with shrubs and old roses. Honeysuckle, roses, clematis clamber through trees, up walls and over arches. Walk through meadows past willow and young birch to wild garden, wood and pond with bridge to ancient oak.
Take tea in pot yard amidst grasses, bamboos and ferns.

Entrance £3.00 including teas.


Tuesday, August 15th. At 2.30 pm, visit to Tudor Roost, Fingringhoe, home of Mr. & Mrs. Pegden.

Directions:- 5m S of Colchester. In centre of village by Whalebone PH. Follow sign to Ballast Quay, after ½m turn R into Brook Hall Rd, then 1st Left into Frere Way.

An unexpected hidden colourful ¼-acre garden. Well manicured grassy paths wind round island beds and ponds. Densley planted. Subtropical area with architectural and exotic plants - cannas, bananas, palms, agapanthus, agaves and tree ferns surround a colourful gazebo. Garden planted to provide year-round colour and encourage wildlife. Many peaceful seating areas.

Entrance £3.50 including teas.

Click here to see report & pictures taken during this visit


Tuesday, September 12th.

Visit to Feeringbury Manor, Coggeshall, home of Mr. & Mrs. Coode-Adams.

Directions:- 12m SW of Colchester. Between Coggeshall & Feering on Coggeshall Rd, 1m from Feering.

Flower beds and arboretum expand as we collect more interesting plants. We have gone wild in the pursuit of continual colour. Gardener, Ellen Fairbanks, propagates energetically by seed and cuttings. The ex-rose bed, now pink and purple, is newly backed by a fantastic sculptured steel trellis, 50 metres long by Ben Coode-Adams.

Click here to see report & pictures taken during this visit


Tuesday, 10th October at 2.30pm. Plant Swap at the home of Marian Manning, Nathilda, Purleigh 2.30 pm Grove, Cold Norton.
Tel. No. 01621 828605




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