Gardening Group

In the summer months we go “out and about” and have exclusive visits to private gardens. During the winter months we invite guest speakers to give talks on a wide range of gardening related topics. Any other U3A members who have an interest in any aspect of gardening are invited to join the group.

Group Leader

Doreen Barker on 01844 290377 or twobarkers@btinternet.com

Venue

Our winter meetings are held in the Walter Rose Room in Haddenham Village Hall, Banks Park HP17 8EE. We meet on the third Monday of the month at 2.30pm. There are no meetings in January and December.

Costs

Members contribute to incidental costs such as entrance fees, room hire and speaker costs as required

Next Events

Monday 16th September  – 2.30pm

Garden Visit to Church Barn, Church Road, Puttenham, Tring, Herts HP23 4PR 

Started from scratch in 2014, rural crafts and bee-friendly plants have been chosen to blend the garden within its rural setting.  Willow stock fencing, woven in situ, a shelter crafted in locally grown sweet chestnut, hedges of Hornbeam give structure to tall, wild, colourful borders.  Later flowering perennials and grasses self-seed amongst roses, annuals and dahlias.  Various seats welcome any visitor.  Mainly flat with lawn and stone path.

Entrance fee including tea and cake £9.00.

Please send me an email or give me a call if you intend to come.

Monday 21st October at 2.30pm in the Walter Rose Room, Haddenham Village Hall.

Talk by Doug Kennedy on ‘Wildlife Habitats in the Chilterns’.

Doug Kennedy has had a lifelong interest in the landscape and in natural history and ecology backed by a degree in biology and a Masters Degree in environmental science. He is also a keen rambler and runner who has explored far and wide, taking photographs on the way of the landscapes and wildlife. These have provided the material for five photo-books exploring English regions published by Doug Kennedy Books and by Oxbow Books Ltd. His latest book, newly published by Merlin Unwin Books is “Wildlife of the Pennine Hills”.

He has initiated and run environmental campaigns, including tackling Thames Water over pollution of the River Thame, and is currently campaigning about our disappearing chalk streams for the Chiltern Society.

Doug will be bringing his books and greetings cards to sell.

Entrance fee including tea and biscuits £5.00.

Please send me an email or give me a call if you intend to come.

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Monday 18th November at 2.30pm in the Walter Rose Room, Haddenham Village Hall.

Talk by Paul Patton on ‘Autumn Aspirations’.

Paul Patton is a horticultural consultant, writer, speaker and broadcaster, who has over forty years experience in growing and looking after plants. He specialises in plant care, including pest, disease and weed control; together with expertise in feeding, growing media and traditional growing techniques.

He is enthusiastic to encourage gardeners to support and understand the importance of wild life in gardens and to involve youngsters in food production and the natural world.

Paul ran his own freelance business, which offered a wide range of gardening and related activities. He can be seen at many of the major gardening shows around the country on question time panels and in other roles advising gardeners on how to achieve the best results from their plants and gardens.

In his own garden, Paul’s enthusiasm is in growing fresh fruits and vegetables for his family and enjoying the wild life that strays in from the surrounding countryside. He is always keen to grow new plants and test ideas that he can promote through his writing and talks.

Entrance fee including tea and biscuits £5.00.

Please send me an email or give me a call if you intend to come.