Newsletter 23rd October 2017

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Good evening everyone and welcome to our October meeting. We hope you have been able to enjoy the few lovely days we have had in amongst the hurricanes over the past month.

Tonight we are delighted to welcome John Foley from Holdenclough Nursery in the Trough of Bowland. Many of you will remember John and his father, Peter, coming to speak to us several years ago. John, with his girlfriend Kate, took over his father’s nursery in 2009. They won an RHS gold award at the Tatton Park Flower Show in 2011 and John won the BBC3 Young Gardener of the Year Award in 2012.

John and Kate raise their own plants but they only have one polytunnel, so 99% of their plants are grown out-doors. John is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of gardening so if you have any questions, now is your chance to ask them.


At the September meeting we held the fuchsia growing competition. There were not a huge number of entries for this event but there were some wonderful plants exhibited as shown above.

Thirty-eight members came to the workshop last March where we planted our very tiny ‘Brutus’ fuchsia plantlets. The two winning entries are shown below:



First prize – Maureen Coxon                                                                                    Second Prize – Linda Garvey

There are a variety of local events taking place in the next few weeks particularly if you are entertaining children or grandchildren over half-term.

Norton Priory: ‘Halloween Witchcraft and Wizardry’ on 24th October from 11am to 4pm. You can also enjoy ‘Spooky Stories’ from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on 26th, 27th, 30th and 31st October in the Museum. Norton Priory Christmas Fair is on 26th November from 11am to 4pm in the Museum and Undercroft. (

Gordale Garden and Home Centre: Halloween Pumpkin Carving on 24th, 25th and 26th October from 11am to 5pm. There is also ‘The Haunting’ Halloween Grotto from 11am to 5pm on the same dates.  ‘Let’s Go Totally Topiary’ is a free talk from 11am to 12noon and 2pm to 3pm on 22nd November. (

Ness Gardens:  Halloween Spooky Tree Trail from 21st October to 5th November, 10am to 4:30pm. They are also holding Family Craft Days and Dracula Shows. (

Stonyford Cottage Nursery: Halloween Trail and Ghoulish Gardens: 21st October to 31st October from 10am to 5pm. Wellies are essential! (

Don’t forget our ‘pan scrubber’ workshop next month. Make sure you have put your name down. It should be great fun! I must remember my camera!

Bearing in mind members’ special interests, taken from the membership forms, the Committee has started to put together next year’s programme and ideas for trips. All recommendations are very welcome.

Have a lovely evening.