Newsletter 29th April 2019

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Good evening and welcome to our April meeting. This evening our speaker, Peter Curl, from Burscough, is going to explain how he and his wife, Sandra, gradually transformed their garden.  They bought their bungalow in 1976 and their garden is now open to view under the NGS Yellow Book Scheme. Their garden is already famous having appeared in the January 2019 edition of Amateur Gardening.

It is a busy time for Frodsham Gardening Club! Tomorrow afternoon (30thApril) we are visiting Ted and Angela Brabin’s garden in Puddington and on 21stMay we have our annual coach trip, which this year is to Ashwood Nurseries, near Wolverhampton, calling at Dobbies, near Shrewsbury on the way home.  Please remember to bring your lunch for the day trip and if you are leaving your car at the Community Centre, please would you park near the wall at the back. Let’s hope the weather is kind to us for both these trips.

Our next meeting on 24thJune will be our AGM. How time flies!

Gwyn will be sending out all the information about our financial situation and the programme for 2019-2020, so the AGM part of the meeting will be over as quickly and painlessly as possible.Instead of having a workshop, we are having a speaker. Ray Bailey is going to tell us ‘20 Ways to Enhance and Improve Your Garden.’ Now that sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? You may remember that on his last visit Ray told us about the myths and legends of plants. He is making a return visit by popular request! We will also have our annual competition. Last year’s competition was very hotly contested with a record number of entries. This year we are asking you to bring a single bloom from your garden displayed in a container – sounds relatively easy doesn’t it! There will also be a charity table, where we can donate all those extra plants that we have grown from seed, and buy some bargains.

Look out for lots of events coming up in the next few weeks. Many local gardens are open under the NGS scheme; among these are Sandymere – 19thMay, Tirley Garth – 12thand 19thMay, Stonyford Cottage Garden – 12thMay and Norton Priory – 9thJune.  There is a Hanging Basket Workshop at Norton Priory on 12thMay from 10am to 1pm. On the 16thJune, Ness Gardens is holding a plant fair from 10am to 3pm called “Alpines for All.”

Ithink you will agree that this year the bluebells are stunning. Arley Hall is holding Guided Estate Bluebell Walks on 5thMay which are bookable on their website. They are also beautiful at Marbury Country Park near Northwich (if storm Hannah hasn’t battered them.)

The next meeting of Frodsham Flower Club, on 8thMay at 7:30pm includes a demonstration entitled ‘What’s it All About’ and also a plant sale. Visitors are made very welcome.

At Kingsley Gardening Club, May’s speaker will be Jacqueline Iddon. She has a nursery in Lancashire specialising in perennials and will be giving a presentation ‘Location, location, location – what to plant and where to put it’, on 13thMay. This will be followed by their AGM.

Enjoy your evening!