Newsletter 24th June 2019

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Good Evening.  Here we are already at the end of our meeting year and our AGM is upon us once more. The AGM will be kept brief leaving plenty of time for our speaker Ray Bailey. Ray will advise us on ’20 Ways to Improve Your Garden’.  Perfect timing!  Just as we think our gardens will be washed away with that never ending rain, out popped the sunshine and at last we can get into the garden – hooray!  Perfect timing for Rays’ talk and fingers crossed the rain hasn’t ruined your perfect bloom for the annual competition!  But we are still certain to have a stunning show tonight with our members ‘prize’ blooms.  Good Luck.

Talking of ‘show’, ‘tis the season of the RHS Flower Shows, our screens have been busy with various Flower Shows and shortly it will be Tatton Parks time of glory, the show will be on from Wednesday 17 – Sunday 21stJuly. Hopefully it will stay dry for them.

Our annual trip in May to Ashwood Nursery was an excellent day, we were blessed with glorious weather and the private tour with Nigel Hopes the head gardener, was, for such a young man (well he didonly look about 12 years of age) was nothing short of amazing, Then to see the garden all over again on Channel 5 on the new television programme Great British Gardens, ‘Season by Season’  with Carol Klyne, was wonderful, and we finally saw our Host John Massey, and what a lovely man he was too. We unfortunately missed him as he was away gaining yet another gold medal at Chelsea Flower Show, It would have been lovely to meet him.  Also on that same programme, next Tuesday, they are visiting Gresgarth Hall Gardens; you may remember Steve Halliwell coming here to talk about the Gardens in January 2018.

Please don’t forget our charity table when you have spare cuttings, seedling or some unused gardening equipment. All monies collected go to charity. Last year our charity was Walton Lea Partnership. This year all monies gained will go to RHS Bridgewater in Salford Manchester so we are going to donate £50 to them. We think this is a worthy place to put our money, we will no doubt go and visit the garden once it is finished and perhaps we will ask the head gardener to come and give us a talk all about the making of a new national garden. Exciting!

We’ve been promising you that next year’s programme will be good, well now you can have a look for yourself, if you go onto our website, www.frodshamgardeningclub.orgyou will see old friends coming back like Sue Beesley – Bluebell Cottage Gardens, Peter Llewellyn – Flowers from Western Australis, and Eleanor Griffiths who did our Christmas Workshop, their presentations will of course be different from before but of course no less interesting. We hope you look forward to them.

Frodsham Allotments will be having their open day next Sunday 30thJune from 10.30 -2.30. The allotments are at the top of Langdale Way, Frodsham. Tea, coffee and other pleasantries are always on offer, and hopefully this year they get a dry day. It is fascinating seeing how different they all are and amazing how many vegetables and beautiful flowers are grown, why not pop up and see a few of our members good work.

Norton Priory was closed to visitors for a few days in June, we think there was some filming being done something about birds, we are not certain what was going on but keep your eyes and ears open in the future.

One last thing, don’t forget as members, you are entitled to 10% discount at Gleaves Garden Centre.

Have a good evening.

 

Maureen Coxon.

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