Newsletter 25th September 2017

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A very warm welcome to the first meeting of the 2017 – 2018 Gardening Club Year. We hope that you have had a very enjoyable summer in spite of the mixed weather.

Since our last meeting in June we have had our day trip, south to Windy Ridge and the Dorothy Clive Garden. Although the weather was cloudy in the morning it didn’t spoil our visit to the delightful private garden at Windy Ridge (below: Joan and Chris take a break). The sun came out in the afternoon and we had a very pleasant day.Windy-Ridge1

Our speaker this evening is Ted Brabin, a well-known local plantsman, who gives a variety of talks on many aspects of gardening. Tonight he will be telling us about the botanist George Forrest and the plants he brought back from China at the beginning of the twentieth century. We tend to forget that most of the plants in our gardens are not native to the British Isles.

How did your fuchsia plant come through the summer? Is it dripping with flowers or is it a twig with a few leaves, like mine? Is it going to win tonight’s competition? Only time will tell!

Several events are taking place locally in the next few weeks:

On 27th September from 11am to 12noon Gordale Garden Centre, on the Wirral, has a practical talk called “It’s all about bees” (activities for adults). Tickets can be purchased in advance on their website for £5 each.

Also at Gordale on 11th October from 11:00 – 12:00 and from 14:00 – 15:00 there are free talks and demonstrations entitled “Autumn Baskets and Pots”.

Norton Priory is holding its annual “Quince and Apple Day” on 8th October from 11am to 4pm. There will be a wide range of crafts and family entertainment. They will also be selling fruit and veg produced in the walled garden. This is always a fun day not to be missed.

Our website has been transferred to its new server (no idea what that means but we now do not have to pay for it!) but the name has not changed it is still ‘’. Gwyn is in the process of updating the photos and info.

The speaker for our October meeting will be John Foley (along with his girlfriend, Kate) from Holden Clough Nursery in the Trough of Bowland.  You may remember them visiting us a few years ago. They are bringing loads of plants from their nursery for us to buy. You might like to take a look at their website (

The Christmas workshop this year is all about making little baskets from pan scrubbers – the pan scrubbers will be supplied – intrigued? Well come along and have a go. The cost will be £2 per person for the workshop. We will be taking names next month. Have a great evening.