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 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 November 2017, Elizabeth Sanders showed us how to make a wire basket starting with a wire pan scrubber. This was followed by a workshop where members were able to 'have a go' themselves with very pleasing results. The baskets were decorated with beads and buttons.
Every year we have a competition for members. In 2017 the task was to grow a hardy fuchsia from a tiny seedling and produce a flowering plant ready to show at the September meeting. At the March meeting everyone was given a tiny fuchsia which they planted in a tiny pot of compost. Our speaker, Les Smith, gave us practical tips on how to get the best results. The entries are shown below:
In May 2017 44 members and friends enjoyed a private visit to the garden at Sandymere, Cotebrooke, which is the home of Sir John Timpson, of Timpson's shoes. It was a wonderful sunny evening. We were shown the wonders of the garden by Rachel Pemberton, who is head gardener, and her Mum who also works there as a gardener. Everyone was so delighted with the visit that we hope to go again at a different time of year.
In July 2017 we enjoyed a day visit to a private garden in Shropshire, which is opened under the National Garden scheme as well as The Dorothy Clive Garden, near Nantwich.
Although the weather was cloudy in the morning it didn't spoil our visit to the delightful private garden at Windy Ridge. This is one of Chris Beardshaw's favourite gardens.
The sun came out in the afternoon and we were taken on a lovely tour of the Dorothy Clive Garden and new greenhouses by one of the gardeners. We particularly enjoyed the shop and relaxing outside the cafe with our cream teas!
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 are donated to a local charity, the Walton Lea Garden Project (the Walton Lea Partnership).
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