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GARDENING

Leader Catherine Ager

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IF YOU ARE INTERESTED
in joining this group contact: gardening@newmillsu3a.org.uk


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GARDEN GROUP

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A BRIEF UPDATE

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Our thanks go to Eileen Gilligan and Jean Hutton who have kept the Garden Group well-tended and flourishing and now, with a new Group Leader, members are beginning to decide on the next schedule of activities.
In August we came together for an exploratory brain storming session when it was agreed we would continue to meet on the third Monday of the month but at a new time of 2:00pm-4:00pm. Future activities proposed included visits to members’ gardens, trips to nearby commercial outlets, park walks, plant swaps, themed quizzes, slide shows, demonstrations, talks. But watch this space. The first thing on the agenda will be planning for the Activity Groups’ Display in September. So, at our next meeting on 18th September, in the Library Lecture Room, we will be coordinating contributions for the event and spending any time remaining sharing advice on individual gardening problems and issues.
We are a cheerful group of enthusiasts and if you would like to join us please contact Catherine Ager gardening@newmillsu3a.org.uk And if you do not necessarily wish be a member of the Group but would be happy to attend one of our sessions to pass on your gardening expertise, skills and tips we would love to hear from you!

Gardening Group Newsletter March 2024,
including future programme.

Meetings are held on the third Monday in the month in the afternoon.

 


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SUMMER 2022

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Group enjoying last of the summer sun in Barbara's garden.
Margaret has obviously grown something very large.
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GARDENING GROUP 2019

 

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Following the Group's visit to her garden, Jane wrote this item for our page.

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As a new retiree I was looking for some local activities to fill my time and looked at what New Mills u3a had to offer. I’ve always enjoyed gardening so joining this group was top of my list.


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I went along to the first meeting of the season in March, at The Arts Centre, filled with a little trepidation and wondering what to expect.  There had been no need for concern as I was made very welcome by all of those present.  It soon became clear that we were gathering to share ideas on what we wanted to do each month during the gardening season.

 

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The programme was kicked off with an interesting slide show of formal gardens that had been visited by a member which gave me some inspiration for my own garden. Keen to learn from the experts in the room there was a consensus that visiting some of the member’s gardens would be very worthwhile! We did this in June, July, August and September.  It was amazing to see the different shapes and sizes of gardens and how members had made use of the space available.  The photographs here show the diversity.

 

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The group agreed to visit a couple of local garden centres too.  Being relatively new to the area, I also had a free lesson in geography visiting Branching Out in Chinley and Longdendale Nursery in Chapel.  Both of these stocked more unusual plants, not generally available in larger garden centres, so we took the opportunity to make purchases.
The final meeting in October enabled the group to plan for 2020 and I’m really looking forward to another interesting gardening season.
As a group we also consumed copious amounts of tea, coffee, cake and biscuits.  Well it wouldn’t be a u3a meeting without them!

 


April 2024