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Culland Hall Open Day – 17th June 2018

CULLAND HALL’S PERFECT POTAGER
OPEN GARDENS & SPECIALIST PLANT FAIR
Culland Hall, Brailsford, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 3BW
Sunday 17th June 2018, 10am – 3pm (New hours)

Just six miles outside the Georgian market town of Ashbourne in Derbyshire, but hidden within a maze of country lanes sits Culland Hall. Approached down a classical parkland drive through a herd of Lleyn and Jacob sheep, Culland is home to a magnificent private four acre garden, open to the public for just one day each year.

Those “in the know” have been visiting Culland’s magnificent gardens for over 12 years now, eager to see the annual progression in owner Lucy Thompson’s mission to create an English garden idyll. “This year’s project is a new fernery”, says Lucy, “We discovered an old wall in the Woodland Walk which will create the perfect, naturalistic home for some amazing specimen ferns”. Although it’s in its’ infancy, visitors will be able to see the bones of the new project first hand at the Culland Hall Open Gardens on Sunday 17th June 2018.

Visitors looking for a burst of colour won’t be disappointed by the fragrant rose garden, featuring over 100 different varieties, the “hot” border crammed with rich reds and oranges, and the calming “white garden” – not forgetting the charming potager (think Peter Rabbit) nurturing neat rows of carrots, cabbages and lettuces and straw-bedded strawberries.

On the day there will be a hand-picked selection of specialist nurseries (some RHS) selling plants with some exciting new exhibitors too alongside gardening related antiques and paintings, with home-made refreshments served throughout the day in the walled kitchen garden.
Entrance: £6.00. Children Free. Free Car Park.

Culland Hall is just 6 miles south of Ashbourne and 7 miles north of Derby, off the A52 at Brailsford and will be well signposted on the day.
For further information and images: Izzy James havengrange@hotmail.com 01335 350737/07870 171 872

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Gardening Group Trips

The talk from the March speaker was very interesting and gave us all ideas for year-round colour on our plots.

Next week some members of the group will be going to The Beeches to see Mr and Mrs Swindin’s garden, minus the snowdrops! The coach will leave the Market Place at 1.00pm and will leave the garden at approx 4.00pm.

On Tuesday 17 April, at 2.00pm, we welcome Helen Sills from Southwell (so there shouldn’t be issues with traffic jams!) who will be speaking on “From the Garden of Eden to Ground Force.”

At this meeting we will be taking names and monies for the trip to Norwell Nurseries and Gardens on 19 June, 2018. The cost will be £12.50. This includes coach, tour, tea and cake. We will have to take our own lunch as there is no Cafe there, just facilities to make a hot drink.

The May meeting will be the trip to the Dorothy Clive garden, leaving the Market place at 10.00am on 15th May,2018.

We look forward to seeing you at our meetings, where all are welcome.

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Gardening News

Here is the calendar for the rest of the year:

May 15 : Dorothy Clive garden
June 19: Norwell Nurseries
July 17: Castle Ashby
Aug 21: Doddington Hall
Sept 18: to be confirmed
Oct 16: John Godber Centre – Speaker
Nov 20: John Godber Centre – Speaker
Dec 18: Possibly John Godber Centre

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Gardening group visit

A reminder for all those who have paid to join us on the 27th of February that the coach will leave Ogle Street at 10.30 am.   We are going to Timmerman’s Garden Centre, followed by a visit to an NGS garden – The Beeches, at Milton near Tuxford for 2.00pm.  We will be leaving at approximately 3.30pm.
Our first indoor meeting will be on 20th March when Jeanette Merilion will be speaking about A Calendar of Colour.  The meeting will be at 2.00pm at the John Godber Centre.  As we have been able to book the double room there is no limit on numbers.  We look forward to welcoming you all to our meetings this year.
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John Stirland at Gardening Group

Just to remind those of you who were unable to make the monthly U3A meeting at The Leisure Centre last Wednesday that our next garden Meeting will be at the John Godber Centre, Byron Suite this Tuesday, 17th October commencing at 2.00 p.m.
Our speaker will be John Stirland, the gardening expert from BBC Radio Nottingham who will be giving a talk entitled Winter Gardens and attempting to answer your questions on problems in your garden.
My earlier warning about a limitation on numbers has now been overcome by the John Godber Centre letting us have the adjoining room in addition so there will be no likelihood of turning anyone away.
The usual £2 admission charge will apply.
Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Tuesday

Following this visit of BBC’s Garden Expert John Stirland we have invited again another Radio Nottingham gardening expert, Stewart Dixon, to come and give us a talk at our November garden group meeting on Nov 21st.

Alan Snape 07940146542
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