Maldon U3A - Gardeners Group Page for 2008

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.

Latest Changes
20th November 2008 Added the Marks Hall visit - 23rd September   Added the Hockley visit - July 22nd.     Updated the report of the 3rd March Meeting.   Amended the Gardening Group programme Meeting from Tuesday, 8th July to Tuesday, 1st July, 2008.    

Programme for 2008:-

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

I have just booked afternoon visits this year as we now clash with the Fitness group in the morning.

Please inform me if you have spaces in your car or require a lift for car sharing as it is sensible to keep the number of cars visiting down to a minimum, plus it is more friendly.

The Committee is offering the following guidelines to members for a voluntary donation towards the cost of the journeys when car sharing. Up to 40 miles return: £2.00.   Over 40 miles return: £3.00.

Can you please always sign up at the Monday meeting or give me a ring to book on 01245 225657 as I have to inform the garden of numbers in advance.

Can I please ask all members for a donation of £1 per head towards my printing costs, maps etc. and telephone expenses for the year.


Monday, March 3rd.
We met at 2.30pm in Mundon Village Hall.

Margot & Peter Bishop had offered to give us a Slide Show of the combined French and Gardeners' Groups trips to France in June, last year, so they brought along their slide projector & screen.

Mundon Village Hall - Gardening Group
Mundon Village Hall - Gardening Group

There was a nice cup of hot tea and the Programme for 2008 was given out.

Tuesday, April 22nd.
Plant Swap at the home of Kay Winterbone, 7 Leigh Drive, 2.30 pm Wickham Bishops.   Tel. No. 01621 893325
Turn left passed W.B. Hall, into Church Road. Leigh Drive is third turning on the right. Follow road round to end of cul de sac.

Tuesday, June 17.
Two visits - First visit.   Visit to 4 Fernlea Rd, Burnham-on-Crouch 2.30 pm (Frances Franklin).
Take B1010 to B on C.   Then across the railway bridge, take 4th turn on R, Hillside Road, Fernlea Rd 2nd Left.   No. 4 near end of cul de sac on left.

A small garden with mosaics, sculptures, water features and pots.

Second visit.
3.30 pm. Visit to Corinne Layton’s Cottage, 1 Brook Hall Cottages, Steeple Road, Latchingdon.

Organic ½ acre garden on three levels.   Mixed informal borders to suit different conditions and encourage wildlife.   Natural pond with bog area.   Formal lawn, decked area overlooking farmland.
Refreshments at Corinne’s £4 including donation to NGS for both gardens

Tuesday, July 1st.   Note, this is a change from the 8th July.
Visit to Chippens, Heath Road, Bradfield 2.30 pm (Mrs. Ceri Leese)
3m E of Manningtree. On B1352 take main road through village. Bungalow is directly opposite primary school.

Plantaholics paradise packed with interest all year. Mixed borders with decorative trees, shrubs and perennials.   30 ft stream and ponds, densely planted with hostas, tree ferns and some tropical marginals.   Explosion of colour in summer with unusual hernercallis and abundance of tubs and hanging baskets.

Entrance £4 including teas.

Tuesday, July 22nd. This is a "repeat" visit as the May visit was rained off.
Visit to Orchard Cottage, Hockley Road, Rayleigh 2.30 pm (Mr.& Mrs. Brickwood), 1m NE from town centre.   Leave A127 at Rayleigh and take B1013 to Hockley. Garden opposite the white & blue sign for Hockley Park. Park opposite on grass.

The garden, about ¾acres.   Main feature will be the aquilegias. 100s of them, these will be backed up by roses, lilies and numerous other herbaceous perennials. There is a pond, stream and many flowering shrubs. Entrance is on a hill, gravel drive.

Click here to see report & pictures taken during this visit

Tuesday, August 19.
Return visit to 42 Greenwood Ave., Sth Benfleet 2.30 pm (Mr. Paul Stracklin).
Take A130 to Sadlers R/About, turn left and then R into B1006 High Road, Take eleventh turning on left into St. Marys Dr., keep left and 42 Greenwood is at the end of cul de sac.

A real Wow factor of a tropical garden, sloping down to ponds etc. all landscaped by the owner.

Donation of £2 to charity.

No refreshments, suggest you visit Tropical Wings at Wickford Road, South Woodham Ferrers for tea. Butterfly Farm, Nursery, Greengrocers and Health Foods etc.

Tuesday, September 23.
Visit Markshall, Coggeshall at 2.30 pm
From the A120 Coggeshall bypass follow brown and white signs north of Coggeshall.

Over 100 acres of developing arboretum with trees and shrubs from around the world in idyllic setting for a gentle stroll.

Click here to see report & pictures taken during this visit

Entrance £4 including tour fee. Refreshments available in tea room.

Tuesday, October 21st.
Plant Swap at the home of Liz & Bryan Jones,. 30 Acacia Drive, 2.30 pm Maldon. 01621 857031

Free entry to the following shows if you show your U3A News, Winter 2007-8 issue—see page 8

21/24th March Suffolk Spring Garden Show, Suffolk Showground
16/18th May Essex Garden Show, Brentwood Centre
13/15th June Sth East Essex Garden Show, Barleylands Farm

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© Maldon U3A 2008
Last revised: 20th November to added the Report & pictures taken at Marks Hall.
22nd July to upload the Hockley visit.