Newsletter 25th February 2019

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Good Evening, welcome to our meeting.     February is normally one of our most bitter months of the year, but right now it’s unseasonable warm fooling us into thinking Spring is already on its way, after all just look at the bulbs, up and blooming, and so many other plants already peeking through the soil eager to pop up and get blousy, Oh if only, But don’t be fooled just yet, we have to listen to Richard Lewis first he will explain all about ‘Propagation’.  Richard is a Lecturer in Rural Studies at Wrexham Glyndwr University, so we will learn all there is to know on propagation for when the weather really does change to Spring and we can start propagation in safety knowing the spring heat will help.

Talking about Spring bulbs, Whitegate Daffodil Farm have Open days, from March 27th –April 7th2019 from 10.00-4.00pm Entrance fee Adults £2.00 Children £1.00, enjoy a unique day out in the beautiful Cheshire countryside in aid of Macmillan, cancer support, the guided tours, daily at 10.30am (booking required) cost £5.00, included Entrance Fee. See www.daffodilwalks.comto find out more.

You will remember Ted Brabin our speaker last month? He talked about Plant Hunting in Tibet, well he and his wife Angela have a rather beautiful garden of their own that opens under the NGS gardening scheme.  We have arranged an afternoon visit to the garden, ‘Rosewood’ at Puddington, Neston (CH64 5SP) on the Wirral, on 30thApril, at 1.30pm. At the end of April the Rhododendrons and handkerchief trees should be in flower. As he explained in his talk, many of the plants in his garden are grown from seed. We will, as we normally do on these afternoon visits, make our own way there using as few cars as possible as parking can be a bit tricky. The cost for the visit is £4.00 which includes Angela’s refreshments. We will remind you of these details again nearer the date.

Have you got your diary to hand? Well finally, as promised, here are the details of our first day trip away. On Tuesday 21stMay we are going to Ashwood Nurseries near Wolverhampton, we will be taking in ‘John’s Private Garden’ which is tucked away behind the nurseries. This a stunning 3-acre garden with island beds, woodland dells, informal borders and planted with an abundance of rare plants. There will be free time to browse or buy plants in the sales area, also taking in the greenhouses as well, or if preferred just resting your weary legs while sitting with tea and a scrumptious cake in the tea room. We plan to leave Ashwood Nurseries about 2pm for the one hour journey to Dobbies near Shrewsbury for a comfort stop and refreshments, which are included in the cost of the trip. We shall leave there about 4.15pm arriving home in Frodsham around 6pm, depending on traffic.  The cost of the trip is £25.00 for members and £27.00 for visitors. This covers travel, the tour of John’s Private Garden and refreshments at Dobbies. Please also bring sandwiches and a drink for lunch which you can have either at Ashwood or on the coach. You choose what’s best for you.

Also in the process of organising, we hope to make a visit to Stretton Old Hall, Tilston, Malpas in July, This garden was visited by Toby Buckland for Gardeners’ World last year and was described as a real gem when it comes to garden design.  We shall let you know more nearer to the time of visit, Watch this space!

Next Month our talk for the month is ‘Colour in the Spring Garden, by Ann Harrison.  Now that really brings Spring a little closer, doesn’t it?

Don’t forget if you have anything for out Charity table then please do bring it along next menth.

We do hope you have an enjoyable evening thinking of all the exciting trips and plans to come.


Maureen Coxon, Newsletter and Publicity.