We are a lively group of local gardeners, who meet regularly from September to June. We meet on the fourth Monday in the month, at Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham. The meetings begin at 7:30pm and usually end at about 9:00pm. We have a very varied programme with interesting speakers and workshops. In the summer we have a local afternoon or evening visit and a day trip.
The annual subscription is £10 and is collected at the September meeting. Members pay £1 each time they attend a meeting. Tea or coffee and biscuits are included at the end of each session.
Visitors are very welcome at our meetings at a cost of £3 per visit.
Each year our programme includes at least one workshop and a demonstration. In October 2018, Eleanor Griffiths showed us how to make a 'flower' arrangement for Halloween using a pumpkin. This was followed by a workshop where members were able to 'have a go' themselves with very interesting results.
The Gardening Club was delighted to take part once again in Frodsham's Christmas Tree Festival at the Methodist Church. Our entry this year was really a combined effort. The theme was 'Snowflakes and Spirals' and members were asked to make decorations and bring them to the November meeting. Everyone was very pleased with the stunning result.
In January 2019, we enjoyed a talk entitled 'Plant Hunting In S.E. Tibet' given by Ted Brabin accompanied by his wife Angela. In April 2019 we were delighted to be able to visit their garden at Puddington, on the Wirral, where we saw the results of his plant hunting and propagation.
In May the annual day trip was to Ashwood Nurseries, near Wolverhampton. After a lovely journey through the Cheshire countryside, we were treated to a guided tour of John's Garden. This is the private garden of John Massey who is the owner of the nursery and the winner of many gold awards at Chelsea for his hellebores.
The young head gardener who gave us the tour was very knowledgeable and inspirational.
It was a treat to see Ashwood Nurseries featured a few weeks later on a TV programme by Carol Klein. It showed Ashwood during the four seasons of the year and was fascinating.
Every year the Gardening Club has a competition for members. In June 2019, everyone was asked to bring a single bloom from their garden in a suitable container. The result was a wonderfully varied display of summer flowers.
On the way home we visited Dobbies near Shrewsbury, for refreshments and retail therapy.
This was altogether a lovely day out.
The worthy winner was Norma Duncan, who is pictured below with her winning entry.
At most of our meetings we have a charity table where members have the opportunity to buy and sell extra plants and gardening 'bits and bobs'. The proceeds from the sales for 2018-2019 have been donated to the new RHS garden, RHS Bridgewater at Salford.
Members also receive a discount on items bought from our local garden centre on presentation of their membership card:
Robert Gleave's Home & Garden Centre, Mill Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire WA6 7JA