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The Gardening Group will generally meet or visit on the fourth Wednesday of the month.  The contact for the Group is: Jo Dawson on email:

Visit to Treberfydd Walled Garden
Alison with only one part time assistant runs a massive Victorian walled garden visited on 24 October 2018 by 11 members of U3A Garden Group.  She gave an interesting tour, illustrating so often the need to make the most of the different climates found within the high walls, and giving hints and advice through the examples of placing plants in the best conditions for them.  Her knowledge and understanding of the soils and plants was extremely impressive.

The view when entering the

Alison points out an aspect
of making use of the climate.

One of the well designed and
properly used greenhouses.

Illustrating the different conditions.
The house is just seen beyond the wall.

Visit to The Garden of the Wind.  The garden is near Walterstone in Herefordshire making a thoroughly enjoyable visit for eight members of the Gardens Group on 19 September. Here is a report and photos by Lynda Robinson:

It is a modern garden using swathes of herbaceous plants and grasses, surrounding a stone-built farmhouse and barns with stunning views of the Black Mountains. Special features are a rose border, an hornbeam alley, a formal parterre with unusual planting and a bespoke water rill with three fountains. There is a William Pye water feature, an architecturally designed greenhouse complex and very productive vegetable gardens. Carved lettering and sculpture can be admired throughout the garden which covers about 4 acres. There is also a Japanese garden from which Skirrid can be seen from an angle which, with a stretch of the imagination, could be Mount Fuji!

The day we visited was very windy so we were able to enjoy the movement of the many plants designed to look good when swaying. Mr Rupert Otten gave us an interesting talk about the development of the garden over the last 15 years since he and his wife, Antoinette, have owned it. The visit ended with tea and homemade courgette and chocolate cake.


Visit to Glebe House, Llanfair Kilgeddin.
On 27 June a rather small group visited the garden of Glebe House near Bettws Newydd.  A few photographs show a small part of a large garden which had different 'rooms' of garden varying from woodland, vegetable, and lovely herberacous borders.  The owner, who had developed the garden from scratch about thirty years ago took much trouble to guide the group, and she kindly provided refreshing drinks and then delicious cakes and tea.  
On the way home the group visited the nearby church of St Mary's with its famous Victorian Scraffito Murals.

Left: the group is given a delicious tea.

Right: Advantage was taken of visiting the nearby church with its scraffito. 

Visit to Lydney Park Gardens.  On 24 May a group visited the gardens near Lydney on a perfect afternoon of sunshine.  The photographs display something of the splendour of it all. 

Visit to Woodland Farm Gardens Penrhos. On 24 April six members of the Group spent a wet but thoroughly interesting afternoon visiting the gardens.  They were given a fascinating tour by Charles and Craig, followed by a delicious tea of homemade cakes and scones with cream and homemade jams.  It was a fascinating and enjoyable visit.


Visit to Home Farm, Huntley, on 28 March, by a small group of five started with a tour of the garden with its lovely outbuildings covered with a massive and well trained wisteria, while, opposite, was a huge Brown Turkey fig.  The tour then included about a one mile walk through woodland along an easily identified route with a good variety of spring flowers.

Many varieties of woodland wild flowers
Spectacular views over to the Cotswolds

2018 started with snowdrops.  On 14 February the Garden Group met for the afternoon to see the masses of snowdrops being cared for by Olive and John Scurr.  The Group also did a general tour of their lovely grounds taking in some trees of interest, and also seeing the work being done to create a Japanese garden.  The summer should bring it all to life with the new shrubs planted beside water features.

John Scurr with banks of their snowdrops
The early stages of part of the Scurrs' Japanese Garden

The visit to Dewstow Garden and Grotto in Caldicot was found by seven enthusiasts to be interesting and enjoyable.  The visit was organised by U3A Gilwern member Jean Wilding.