The Gardening group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each Month
10.00am to 12.00 noon.
Venues are various and change each Month.
Commencing : Tuesday 9th February, 2021
Group nominates to visit home, community gardens, organisations, any places of interest where things grow and to be around like-minded gardening folk.
NB it is essential to have an email address for monthly notifications and info sharing
Group Coordinator : Sue Gelade or Carole Brooks
(Places are limited, but a waiting list is available)
for further information pleased contact Sue or Carole via the "Contact Us" page on this website.
The Garden Group celebrated the start of Spring by visiting Crabtree Farm at Goolwa. Although the weather wasn't warm, the welcome was and we made the rain stay away long enough to enjoy our tour of this truly interesting venue. Vicki & Mick have worked hard to re-imagine a derelict dairy farm into a delightfully quirky wedding and event venue. It boasts beautiful gardens and fun spaces to explore with something surprising around each corner.
Thank you to them both!
The Garden Group has been carefully meeting again since July, keeping themselves safe and luckily outdoors to still enjoy the company and the gardens.Our first get back together was a distanced 'Plant Swap' held at the extensive property of Nan Mann, where we had plenty of space to spread out. It also gave us an opportunity to road test the new U3A SC sign in sheets, and the 'sanitise then sign' requirements. It was super to see our garden buddies again after the break and to go away with bundles of exchanged plants to keep us busy in our own gardens.
The meet in August took us to 'Nimbella' the beautiful native planted property of Brian Freeman at Back Valley. Planted on a hilly acreage, we could wander among an amazing collection of both familiar and unfamiliar native trees and shrubs, many in full flower. Despite the threatened heavy rain, the gardeners once again delivered fine weather long enough for us to get around and then retreat to under the verandah for a cuppa without shared utensils but safe from the arrival of heavy rain. Thank you to Anita Willis for making the arrangements.
Next month we are looking forward to visiting Crabtree Farm at Goolwa.
U3A Garden Group opened their 2020 program with a visit to Rosemary Hebbard's delightfully full and flourishing Encounter Waters garden overlooking the inlet. After marvelling at the range and lushness of plantings, we enjoyed a yummy (unexpected) morning tea put on by Rosemary to welcome the start of our annual program.
We then all trooped off to have a look at Encounter Centre's nursery where Rosemary is a volunteer. Quite a few plants were purchased, making the Centre vollies very happy. Thanks Rosemary !
Next month we are off to re-visit Raywood Nursery so will no doubt come home with more lovely things for our gardens as there's always something unusual to see there. Time to organise our car sharing folks !!
U3A Garden Group
Although we expect a November Garden Group to be warm, this month's meet was not the case. However, all rugged up and happy those who bravely attended set off to explore the pathways and wetlands of the interesting Beyond development. We were also able to enjoy sticky beaking at the clever gardens and houses that were on show throughout our travels.
After much wnding of ways we ended up at the delightful architectural garden of member Lorraine, across the road in Hayborough, where a welcome sit down and a cuppa awaited. Many thanks to Lorraine for orgainising our November meet, December's gather is our last before enrolment rolls arounds, and we will be at Margaret's Goolwa garden for a shared lunch to think and plan for next year's program.
Thanks to everyone for being part of this great group !