Newsletter 26th February 2018

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A very warm welcome to you. Don’t you think there is a glimmer of Spring showing? Seeing the Snowdrops up and beaming in the sunshine really gives you hope that Spring is just round the corner, such delicate tiny flowers yet they can withstand all that nature can throw at them and still look breathtaking.  There are so many places to walk amongst them in Cheshire; Rode Hall, Scholar Green, have a great Snowdrop Walk, they even put small mirrors beneath the flowers to see their true beauty, no more bending double to have a look. The 7 acre Winter Garden at Dunham Massey takes some beating for all Spring flowers;  Chirk Castle have carpets of snowdrops in the Pleasure Ground Wood; and right on our doorstep you can plant a Snowdrop in memory of a loved one at Norton Priory who are raising funds for Child Bereavement UK. Ness Gardens and Gordale Garden Centre, are also very close.  So many choices for a gentle walk in the fresh  air.  Go on, Indulge!

Did you enjoy Steve Halliwell talking about Gresgarth Gardens last month? How fascinating to see a garden evolve through the year, well we shall have that chance in May when we have our annual day trip out, news about that at a later date.

Tonight, if what we hear is true – we are to be entertained!  Don Billington from Liverpool, a true Scouser we’ve been told, is going to speak to us about Tropical Plants.  Don worked as an apprentice in Liverpool Botanic Gardens. Fascinated by plants he started collecting different cultivars, over the past 20 years and has now amassed over 800 plants.  Now I believe Don does not have a slide show, instead he brings the real thing to us!  How many times on holiday abroad have we wondered what a plant was? well Don will now hopefully enlighten us.

With Spring just round the corner we are going to be pretty busy at home in the weeks to come in our gardens and allotments, so when you are splitting plants don’t forget to bring some cuttings to our Charity table, you may have an unwanted Christmas gift someone else could use – well bring it along and help us raise money for charity, flowers, vegetables, herbs, if you have spares then do bring them along for the Charity table, don’t throw them out.

Next Month Carol Madden will help us decide what to put in our gardens – ‘In the Shade’

We hope you enjoy your evening.                                Maureen Coxon, Newsletter & Publicity.