Newsletter 25th November 2020

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Good Evening,    Welcome to our Christmas meeting.                                                                                   Normally we have a workshop for Christmas but this time we’re going to save that fun for Easter, This year Vivienne Bown, Assistant Nursery Team Manager from Chester zoo will be with us, Vivienne knows all there is to know about Orchids. Now I wonder just how many Orchids will be bought for Christmas presents this year!  Vivienne will be bringing a small selection of Orchids with her tonight, How lucky to have an expert on hand to advise on the best buy, having Vivienne on hand will be excellent.  Orchids are such beautiful plants.                                                                                                                     All members will have received a letter outlining our day out on 3rdMarch 2020 to Ashwood Nurseries near Wolverhampton. Our visit there in May was such a super success we said we would return to see the award-winning Hellebores. The tour of John’s Private Garden was excellent then to see it again on TVs ‘Great British Gardens ‘Season by Season’ with Carol Klein’ was amazing. The trip will cost £25 for members and £27 for visitors.  We will give you a reminder early in the New Year. It will be appreciated if you could fill in the form at the bottom of your letter and bring it with your payment to the January meeting, or send the form and Cheque to the address at the top of the letter.                                                                                                                                                We have a really interesting programme ready for 2020/21. We will be visiting some beautiful places and we will have some very interesting speakers. The following is the list of possibilities, For half day or evening visits, Fieldcrest, Wirral; Bolesworth Castle Gardens near Tattenhall; Birkenhead Park; RHS Bridgewater; and Mount Pleasant, Kelsall (hilly); Day Trips,York Gate, Leeds & Skipton Japanese Gardens; Dove Cottage, Halifax; Meadow Farm, Worcestershire & Morton Hall; Stillingfleet Lodge, York; Larch Cottage, near Penrith & Holker Hall. These are the possibilities We ask you to please let us know your preferences, We want to please you, our members, so we are relying on you to let us know. As mentioned we will also have some very interesting speakers, for instance in September 2020 two of the tour guides from RHS Bridgewater will be here with a talk entitled ‘The Making of RHS Garden Bridgewater’, Ritchie the Ranger has been booked for the AGM, his talk is ‘The Adventures of a Victorian Millionaire’. So you see we have a very interesting year ahead.  All proceeds from the charity table will be sent to the Apprentices at Salford, so please remember to bring your cuttings, plants and unused equipment for the charity table, but also, please remember if any of your items are not taken, then please don’t leave them behind, take them home with you please.                                                                                                                                                                             If you want to enjoy  Christmas, Norton Priory have a Christmas Fair on Dec.1stfrom 11-4pm then on 14 Dec. at 3pm  Christmas Carol singing with Runcorn Community Choir to be held in the Medieval Undercroft.  At Lane End Cottage Gardens  on Thursday 28thNovember 1stat 1pm and 5thDec. from 10-1pm there will be a Christmas Willow workshop making  hearts, stars and a bauble workshop Cost £32 07949640613. Flowers  by Jenny Penny in Frodsham has a Christmas Wreath workshop Thursday 28thNov. 7-9.30pm and Sunday 1stDec. 3-5.30pm in The Barn, The Bears Paw. Cost £50pp. including complimentary refreshments.  www.flowers@byjennypenny.com So if you’re fed up in this grey miserable weather, there really is lots to do out and about.                                                                                                                                                   Our next meeting is on 27thJanuary 2020 when Peter Llewellyn will be here with a talk entitled ‘Wild Flowers of the Russian Caucasus Mountains

The Committee wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year