U3A Gardening Group Visit

Volunteer Christina has written a blog about her visit to the garden with the University of the Third Age Gardening Club.

When I retired, as well as joining the Ninewells Community Garden I joined the U3A, the University of the Third Age, in Dundee to learn the Ukelele and gain a new skill. Though physical meetings were obviously stopped through lockdown many U3A groups, including my Ukes, were able to embrace technology and carry on through with Zoom. As a member of the U3A you can join as many groups as you like, and the list is long and varied!!!! I was looking for something new this year so when an advert came round saying the gardening club was going on Zoom and looking for new members I signed myself up.
The group has been meeting on Zoom but decided as a small group we were able to comply with COVID rules easing and have a few meetings in the real world involving trips to local gardens. Our first was to the Barnhill Rock Garden, then one to Branklyn and our final one was to the Ninewells Community Garden.

As such last Wednesday morning a small group of us met and had a wee wander round the garden with me doing my best Tour Guide impression!! I began with our history and how we came about. We then discussed how we work within ourselves as a group and with others, including the Green Health Partnership. We then went round garden discussing the plants and beds. Between us and Bob’s plant app we were able to identify quite a few, though the Plant of the day, the blue /purple rose below the metal shed, remains a mystery……anyone? The weather was kind and the garden was looking bright and colourful so a good time was had by all.

Main blog: words and photos by Christina Howie. Photo above title by Bob Ballantine.

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