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About the Group

The group meets at the Holywell Community Centre (by Leisure Centre and Library), North Road, Holywell, Flintshire, 
CH8 7TQ. (map).
Val Higgins
01352 375385
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2020 Programme

All meetings commence at 7-30pm unless otherwise stated. Please check with the group before travelling.

Tuesday 21st January, 2020                                   
'The Everlasting Garden’
Jenny Hendy

Jenny is a writer for consumer magazines, newspapers and the author of many books. She is a garden designer, photographer, hands-on gardener and topiarist with a special interest in gardening for wildlife, children’s gardening, container gardening and contemporary and naturalistic planting styles. This interactive talk will give you the opportunity to ask questions on how to achieve colour in your garden all year round, especially in the darker months.
Tuesday 18th February, 2020
'Cholmondeley Castle - A Garden of Distinction’
Barry Grain

Barry has been Head Gardener at Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas in Cheshire since 2013. He has developed the gardens extensively through many exciting new projects and improved planting schemes. Barry will talk about the continuing evolution of the gardens including the ‘Lavinia Walk’ with 100m of double herbaceous borders and the rose garden with 250 new roses. These 50 acre gardens come with fine views, eye-catching water features and are home to over 40 county champion trees some rare and unusual.
This illustrated talk will be an exciting precursor to our coach trip to the gardens on Sun 5th July. 
Sunday 23rd February, 2020 at 1:30pm                                                                                                                                
Garden Visit: Briarfield, Burton, Neston CH64 5TL Garden admission £4. 
Teas available at Burton Manor. Meet at garden 1.30pm. 
The garden is remarkably colourful at this time of year with drifts of snowdrops, aconites, cyclamen coum, camellias and magnolias. 
Garden open for the NGS.
Tuesday 17th March, 2020         CANCELLED                                                                                                           
'Tulips in Holland'
Mary Jones

In this colourful, illustrated talk Mary will share with us the experience of a recent visit with husband John to see the wonderful tulips in Keukenhof, near Amsterdam in the Netherlands. 
Find out the best time to visit and see tulips growing in the fields - as these tulips are ‘headed’ early to allow the bulbs to grow bigger.
There will be a brief Annual Review at the start of the meeting and culinary delights to finish off.
Tuesday 21st April, 2020, see Note below                                                                                                             
'Tales from the Plant Hunters'   CANCELLED
Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones

These Veteran Collectors founded their nursery Crûg Farm Plants near Caernarvon, North Wales in 1991.
The nursery has an outstanding and unrivalled selection of plants, with a focus on the rare and extraordinary. 
The couple have now visited over 30 countries, among them Columbia, Guatemala, Laos and many others, bringing back plants with impact, which are of benefit to science, conservation and gardeners. 
The talk encompasses the diversity of plants collected in Vietnam after battling the elements, steep mountains, dense jungle and attacks from leeches.  
Note: This meeting will take place at the Springfield Hotel, Pentre Halkyn, Holywell, Flintshire, CH8 8BA.  (
Junction 32A Westbound or 32 Eastbound off the A55 expressway. 
Doors open 7pm for 7:30pm start.
This is a ticket only event - visitors £5 in advance, £8 on door and HPS Clwyd members free. 
For tickets contact 01352 375385 or 07777 657111.
Sunday 17th May, 2020 10:30am to 1:30pm    CANCELLED
Plant Sale in the Holywell Community Centre by Leisure Centre and Library CH8 7TQ  (map)
Invited nurseries and members' plants stalls, tombola, refreshments and homemade cakes.                                             
Members of the public are very welcome.  Free admission and free parking.
Sunday 5th July, 2020     CANCELLED
Coach Trip: A morning visit to Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, SY14 8AH on Plant Hunters’ Fair day, see 18th February meeting for description of garden. 
In the afternoon we will visit Tattenhall Hall Gardens, Tattenhall, Cheshire, CH3 9PX which is a plant enthusiasts' garden of 4½ acres with wild flower meadows, trees, pond, stream, walled garden, colour themed borders, spinney walk with shade plants, glasshouse and vegetable garden.
Cost £20 per person includes coach travel, admission to plant fair and both gardens, and refreshments at Tattenhall. 
Group members and invited friends and family only for coach trip.
Garden Visits over the summer months.
Contact Group for further details
Tuesday 15th September, 2020  CANCELLED
‘Plants for Shade’  
Peter Foley

Peter is from Clitheroe, Lancashire and former owner of Holden Clough nursery which he ran for over 30 years. 
He is a plantsman, lecturer and broadcaster and has made ‘the joyful transition from nurseryman to gardener.’
Tuesday 20th October, 2020       
Zoom Talk at 7-00pm                                                                                      
'Autumn Bulbs in the Peloponnese and the Last of the Summer Flowers'                                                                                  
Razvan Chisu

After graduating in horticulture Razvan worked for 2 years in the Botanical Gardens in Transylvania. Now living in Cheshire, he is editor of the Saxifrage magazine, a garden designer and horticultural consultant and his design for the Cheshire HPS Anniversary display at Tatton in 2017 won a silver gilt medal. Razvan visited the Peloponnese, Greece in 2016 and 2018 and will tell us about the autumn flowering bulbs in this hot-spot of biodiversity.
Sunday 15th  November, 2020  (Note change of date)
Zoom Talk at 2-30pm
‘Meconopsis - the Big Blues'
Celia Wright

In this illustrated talk we will find out where Meconopsis (Himalayan poppy) grow in the wild and hear advice on how to grow these plants successfully in our gardens. 
Celia gardens about 10 miles West of Shrewsbury in Shropshire


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