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Our 60th Anniversary celebrations are under way. More than 60 Gardens to Visit and new Lapel Badges available 

Cumbria

About the Group

The Group meets at the Crooklands Hotel, Crooklands , near Kendal, LA7 7NW (map)
Members free, visitors very welcome - £3.00, free parking
There is a talk, a plant and garden sundries sale, and raffle at every meeting

Contact
Stella Hall
t. 01524 261183
e. cumbria@hardy-plant.org.uk

All meetings commence at 7-30 pm unless otherwise stated

2017 Programme

16th January
"My Favourite Plants"
Ron Davies
13th February, 2017
'Spring Success in the Garden with pruning and propagation techniques'.
John Foley

There will be plants for sale.
N.B. Crooklands Hotel
13th March, 2017
AGM and Photo Competition
The three classes are: Frozen, Fern Abundance and Summer in the Garden.  
Happy snapping! 
NB Crooklands Hotel
24th April, 2017
'Agapanthus' 
Steve Hickman

Steve Hickman is from Hoyland Plant Centre which holds a National Collection of Agapanthus.
His display, which included Agapanthus, won a Gold Medal at Chelsea last year.
22nd May, 2017
'Once seen, Never Forgotten'
Don Witton

Don, who holds the National Collection of Euphorbia, will be giving an illustrated talk about unforgettable plants, gardens and gardeners.
Whether it is unforgettable garden scenes, beautiful flower blooms, bizarre artefacts or hilarious encounters, this talk has an eclectic mix of images caught on camera during Don's garden travels around this country and further afield. A colourful and entertaining talk that will last long in your memory.
10th June, 2017 10am -12 Noon
Plant Sale at Preston Patrick Memorial Hall 10am-Noon
Donations of plants most welcome and don't forget to come and buy too!
This is a lovely event and plays a large part in our busy Cumbria Group of the Hardy Plant Society Diary.  
Proceeds go to maintaining our flourishing gardening group.  
You will not believe the number of plants we can fit into the hall!  
They are all grown by our members so you can be assured they are healthy and well established.  
Prices are reasonable too, very easy on your pocket!
Refreshments available.
Parking is free and there is a small entrance fee.

Sunday 25th June

Three Garden Visits

We start with Anne Snowden’s garden at 2pm.   The address is 50 Schoolhouse Lane, Halton, Lancaster, LA2 6QX

This is a south facing garden, on a slope, with mixed borders that include topiary and roses.

Next, we will visit Lindsay Coopland’s garden.  The address is 8 Lonsdale Road, Hest Bank, LA2 6DS

This garden is both wildlife and child friendly. It covers 1/5 of an acre and was once a field. Some of the original hedges can still be seen.
It is very open to the winds straight off from the sea. There will be plants for sale.

Lastly, we will visit a garden designed by Thomas Mawson.  This bee friendly garden has wonderful views over Morecambe Bay and the Lakeland hills.  Refreshments will be served in the garden. 
The address is 6 Lonsdale Road, Hest Bank (across from the previous garden).

The cost for the day is £6 for members and £7 for non-members.

Please phone 015242 61183 to book before the 23rd of June.

29th June, 2017 10-30 am
Garden Visits to Newton Rigg College and Chapelside, Mungrisdale 
Meet at 10.30am at Newton Rigg College and in the afternoon, we will meet at 2-30pm at Tricia Acland's garden, Chapelside, Mungrisdale.
You might like to visit somewhere for lunch and you will find these are quite handy: 
·    The Old Post Office, Troutbeck
·    The Mill Inn, Mungrisdale
·    Greystoke Cycle Cafe
·    Canteen at Newton Rigg
Newton Rigg College 
Newton Rigg College Gardens, Newton Rigg, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0AH
The Educational Gardens have much of horticultural interest including herbaceous borders, ten ponds, decorative and productive organic garden, woodland walk, seasonal borders, pictorial meadows, pleached hornbeam walkway and extensive range of ornamental trees and shrubs. 

Chapelside, Mungrisdale
1 acre organic garden with fine views.  It has a tiny stream and a large pond.
There are alpine, herbaceous, raised, gravel, damp and shade beds, with bulbs in the grass.
It has an extensive range of plants, many unusual. Relaxed planting regime.
Art constructions in and out, local stone used creatively.
Phone 015242 61183 to book

6th July, 2017 at 2-00pm
Garden Visit to Greencroft House, Great Strickland 
A visit has been arranged to Ron Davies' favourite garden belonging to Maureen and William Irvine.  
The address is Greencroft House, Great Strickland, CA10 3DF.  We will meet at the garden at 2pm.
 
The garden was featured in Cumbria Life about 2 years ago.  It contains a series of garden rooms, each with different characteristics. There are many alpines and hardy herbaceous plants.
 
The cost is £5 for members and £6 for non-members.  There are no refreshments but Larch Cottage Nursery is nearby.
 
Please phone 015242 61183 to book.​
18th September, 2017 
'Washington Wild Flowers' 
Alan Oatway

A welcome return by Alan as he extends our knowledge of the origins of some of our garden flowers.  Alan, an accomplished speaker, knowledgeable about alpine plants from many areas, chose to make an individual visit to Washington State in the North-West of the United States. The mountains visited included the Cascades, Burroughs Mountain and Mount Baker. The plants shown in a series of excellent photographs are abundant and colourful with familiar names but with a hint of America included. The wildflower meadows measured up to anything to be seen in Europe. The visible wildlife included deer, chipmunk, birds, especially flickers (woodpeckers) and humming birds and Orca whales off the coast. An excellent and entertaining talk.
16th October, 2017
 'Unnatural Gardening' 
Peter Williams

Peter is a retired plant scientist and a lifelong gardener. His talk briefly explores fashions in gardening, then questions the current fashion of natural gardening, drawing some surprising conclusions!
Much is now made of the need to garden naturally and to garden for wildlife. This talk briefly explores fashions in gardening and then looks at the concept of natural gardening and questions whether this current fashion is actually possible, sustainable or even desirable. 
The talk has four main sections – native vs alien species, naturalistic planting, encouraging wildlife into the garden and organic gardening. 
The conclusion reached might well be that all gardeners – even the most ‘ecologically sound’, definitely adopt unnatural practices!
This talk adopts a humorous approach but covers important underlying themes
20th November, 2017
'Woodland Garden Plants' 
Neil Huntley

Neil runs the Hartside Nursery Garden in Alston, Cumbria.  The Nursery was set up on a small holding in the North Pennines purchased by his parents in the early 1970’s. They are the highest Alpine Plant Nursery in the country (at just over 1000 feet above sea level) and have exhibited at many major horticultural shows. Neil specialises in Primulas and he grows a wide range of small European species and hybrids as well as some rare Himalayan species.

2016 Programme

25th January, 2016 
“The Magic of Compost”
Steve Mees

22nd February, 2016 
“Sweet Peas”
Kevin Preston
Champion sweet pea grower, Kevin will be sharing his growing secrets with us.

14th March, 2016 
AGM followed by Quiz

18th April, 2016 
“Meconopsis”
Pat Murphy
Curator of the national collection of Meconopsis at Holehird gardens

16th May, 2016 
“Plant and Prejudice”
Andrew Ward
A welcome return by Andrew of Norwell Nurseries with an intriguing lecture title.

Saturday 11th June, 2016 10am-Noon
Annual Plant Sale at Preston Patrick Village Hall
Remember to sow extra seeds and make extra plants to donate to our Plant Sale.

19th September, 2016 
“My Swedish Garden – and the 'Local Competition'”
Ray Lakeland
Our former chairman will be revealing how he spends his time when he is away from the UK!

24th October, 2016 
“Clematis through the Seasons”
Chris Taylor
of Taylors Clematis, Doncaster

21st November, 2016 
“Planting for a windy site”
Tricia Acland

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