Newsletter 24th February 2020

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Helloand welcome. It seems only a few days ago since we were here last, don’t the weeks fly fast.  Our speaker tonight is Judy Popley from Arley Hall to tell us about the ‘Prospect of Arley, the Growth of the Garden – 1890 to date’, this should be interesting

Ourtrip to Ashwood Nurseries on 3rdMarch is fast approaching. Not only will we have a tour of John’s Garden in the morning (arriving about 11am) Not only! Will we have the nurseries tour starting about 2pm to view John’s production area where award winning hellebores are grown, Not only!  Will we have the opportunity to purchase some of these specially selected limited editions plants!  It sounds like a super day. Our visit last May in spring was a delight.  We will leave the Community Centre at 9.00am, don’t forget to bring your lunch and a drink (there is a tea room serving delicious food if you prefer) Traffic permitting we should be home for 5pm, tired, happy, and with our precious purchases. For those a little less steady on their feet there will be a few wheelchairs available to use.

Itis with great sadness that we need to tell you that on Friday afternoon we were very shocked to be informed that our dear friend April Nicholas had died very suddenly. She was one of the clubs’ longest serving members, always offering help to the committee when needed. She was a genuinely a lovely lady.   April will be missed greatly.

Who likes a day out? You do? Well that’s good. Time to get your diaries out and book the 19thMay and we can all go off on a good day out. You should know by now the committee have been working hard to organise the programme for this year and next. We are hoping to do another workshop for Christmas, arrangements for that are in progress. Just a few finalities and it should be done.  Firstly the annual May day out. The day and venue have had to be changed as we were hoping to go to Larch Cottage near Penrith, unfortunately they don’t take coaches from May to September, so we’ve had to think again, it has now been decided we will go to the great RHS Harlow Car Gardens in Yorkshire. It’s a big garden so you won’t have to rush around and there are plenty places to stop and rest or even have 40 winks in a quiet corner if that’s what you prefer. Not forgetting!  There’s the famous Bettys Café Tea Rooms and Shop, where you can indulge yourself in one (or two) delicious treats and a good cuppa of Yorkshire tea!  Ahhh! This will be verified if agreed with the members at the meeting.

Fora change this year we thought we would have a bit of fun for Easter so, this year we are having a workshop!  Yes, we know how much you enjoy them. We have only just received this list in the last few days, so hopefully Gwyn might enlighten us on this list and what it is we will be making at the meeting.

Thoseof you who would like to do the workshop need to bring with you the following; 1) A Parallel design (naturalistic design) 2) A flat tray to hold a brick of Oasis. 3) Foliage mixture of different textures, carrier bag full. 4) Approximately 5 or 6 pieces of Contorted hazel or willow. 5) Twigs. 6) Flowers, tulips, daffs, roses, maybe some eggs, cracked and washed – your choice, maybe some chicks.  As said this is all short notice and that is all we know for now.

Plant Hunters’ Fairs.  Sunday 15thMarch, Ness Botanic Gardens, Wirral 10am – 4pm, Plant Fair £1.00.  CH644AY

Alderford Lake, Whitchurch, Shrops. SY13 3JQ Sunday 8thMarch, 10am -4pm Free entry to Fair.

Have a very enjoyable evening.

Maureen Coxon, Newsletter & Publicity