Garden Visits – Summer

1st Tuesday

At selected garden

Leader: Ann Darling
At 14:20

1st Tuesday of the month, meeting at the garden 2.20 pm for 2.30 pm start.  I will send out directions in an email to those who are attending the visits.
We have recently visited the few gardens open in early May and to date I have been unable to find a garden open which is convenient for the owner for our May 7th date.  I’m still pursuing opportunities, including those in nearby Somerset and will keep you informed if I am successful.  However, Allington Grange, Chippenham, NS14 6LW is holding its NGS Open Day on Sunday 5th May, from 2 – 5, entry £7.50, which will be worth visit.
On 4th June we visit Wellaway, Close Lane, Marston, SN10 5SN. The owner, Pam Lewis is a national flower arranger and show judge and her two acre flower garden comprises of herbaceous borders, orchard, vegetable garden, ornamental and wildlife ponds etc.  She has kindly offered to open the garden especially for us.  Tea and cake is £12.  However, for an extra £2 she has kindly offered to do a flower demonstration, to be raffled and included in the total price £14.  Minimum number of 25 is required and the maximum of 40.  Please confirm with me by Monday 20th May and whether you would like a demonstration. Making a total cost of £14. I will go by the majority vote. If you confirm your attendance, but are unable to attend on the day, Pam has asked for the fee in order to cover expenses.
Our visit on 2nd July is to Beggars Knoll, Newtown, Westbury, BA13 3ED.  This is a series of Chinese style garden rooms, separated by elaborate gateways with mosaic paths winding past pavilions, ponds and many rare Chinese trees, shrubs and flowers. Numbers are restricted to 20. Cost for entry and refreshments is £10.  Please confirm with me if you are coming by Friday 23 June.
Visits are open to all U3A members but I need to know by the stated dates if you plan to come along in order to confirm numbers with the garden owners.  Where there are number restrictions, it is a first come first served basis.
For all visits please arrange car sharing.  Thank you all for your cooperation.

Photos of visit to Scots Farm, Malmesbury and Westwind Manton.  If photo is truncated then click on it to see full photograph.

Updated on 23-03-2024