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Southport u3a win trophy for 40th Anniversary show garden

Published : 23 August 2022 Views: 2264

 A white picket fence and a white arch lead to a show garden with green lawn, purple and white flowers. On the lawn is a white table with a two tiered cake - on the top tier it says "40" and on the bottom tier "u3a." Around the table are two purple chairs. A path leads to a shed which has open doors. Inside the shed, there are shelves, a book case, a model boat and a quilt.

Southport u3a have been awarded a medal and trophy for their show garden at the Southport Flower Show.

The garden was designed, created and built by their gardening group to promote the u3a movement and showcase the varied groups at their u3a. It impressed judges at the show and won the Large Gold Medal for 'Community/Charity Garden' and The Brian Aughton Memorial Trophy for 'Best use of Plants in A Display.' 

Appearing on ITV News North West, Dianne and Lisa from Southport u3a's Gardening Group said, "It's all part of the u3a ethos. It is about learning about things. Building on this garden has brought us closer together. We have worked very hard."

A man and woman dancing in a garden and looking into each others eyes.

During the weekend, it was visited by over 800 u3a members and attracted incredible publicity. Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec, known best as dancers on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, appeared at the show and took photos, dancing in the garden - adding a bit of strictly flair to the show.

Read about the process of preparing the garden on our 40th Anniversary blog.

u3a offers opportunity to meet people with similar interests, learn new things and explore new adventures. Join the u3a movement.

A table covered with a white table cloth which has on it two cups and saucers and in the centre of the table, a white two tiered cake. On the top tier, it says "40" and on the bottom tier "u3a Southport". The cake has flowers on the top and around the cake platter. There are two purple seats around the table.A shed with open doors reveals a set of drawers, on top of which are several items including a purple jug with flowers in it. Next to the drawers is a brightly coloured quilt and a pair of walking boots. There is a book case with brightly coloured model books, all of which with words on that represent an activity. There is a wicker chair and a model boat in the other corner of the shed. The shed is surrounded by leaves and flowers, including a hanging flower basket.A set of drawers is open, with a patchwork quilt coming out. On top of the drawers are several items, including a pot of paintbrushes and a purple jug with white flowers coming out. On the floor there are two tennis rackets. On the other side of the drawer is a white table with empty glasses and grapes. Beneath this table are a pair of walking boots.


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