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North West

About the Group

The group meets at Samlesbury War Memorial Hall, Cuerdale Lane, Samlesbury, Preston, PR5 0UY (map)
Louise Edge
For full details visit the North West Group Website

2019 Programme

All meetings commence at 7:15 pm for 7:45 pm unless otherwise stated

Monday 21st January, 2019
'Winter gardens - Structure, form and seasonal interest'
Michael Myers
Monday 18th February, 2019
'AGM and social evening'
Free Hot Pot Supper and Quiz 
Monday 18th March, 2019
'Pests and diseases' 
Doug Stewart
Monday 15th April, 2019
'Designing a bee-friendly border' 
Maureen Little
Sunday 5th May, 2019
Coach trip to Ashwood nurseries with guided tour of John Massey's garden
Monday 20th May, 2019
'The making of RHS Garden Bridgewater - Plans and progress'
Janice McGrath and Royston Futter
Saturday 25th May, 2019 (10am - 4pm)
HPS Plant sale
Bridge House, Bolton
Monday 17th June, 2019 (evening visit)
Crabtree Lane Gardens, Burscough (Peter Curl)
27th-28th July 2019
Chorley Show at Astley Park, Chorley
We are planning to exhibit again in 2019  
16th-19th August, 2019
Southport Flower Show
We are not planning to exhibit this year at Southport
Saturday 28th September, 2019
Coach trip to Harlow Carr, Harrogate
Monday 16th September, 2019
'Gardening on walls and fences' 
Janette Merillon 
Monday 21st October, 2019
'Gardening hall of fame ' 
Jane Allison
Monday 18th November, 2019
'Gardeners' question time'
Monday 9th December, 2019
Xmas party and Jacon's join supper with demonstration of 'Floral art for Christmas' 
by Sara Barrows (Flowers with passion)

2018 Programme

Monday 15th January, 2018    
'English Gardens Throughout the Ages'
Elaine Taylor
Monday 19th February, 2018    
AGM and Social Evening
Free Hot Pot Supper and Quiz 
Monday 19th March, 2018
'Weeds to Love and to Hate – that is the question?' 
Matthew Smith

Walton Flats Nursery, Preston 
Monday 16th April, 2018    
'Plants for shady, damp and dry places' 
Jackie Iddon 

Plants for Sale
Monday 21st May, 2018    
'Caring for your Herbaceous Border'
Gordon Baillie 

Head Gardener, Arley Hall, Cheshire
28th-29th July, 2018    
Chorley Flower Show at Astley Park Chorley 
Monday 17th September, 2018
'Developing Hare Spring Nursery – I must be crazy!' 
Stella Exley 

Hare Spring Cottage Plants, Alne, York
Monday 15th October, 2018    
'First Impressions, Second Thoughts' 
Bob Brown

Cotswold Garden Plants
Monday 19th November, 2018    
'A History of Tulips & Tulipmania'
Matthew Smith

Walton Flats Nursery (bulb sales)
Monday 10th December, 2018    
Christmas Jacob’s Join and Flower Demonstration

2017 Programme

16th January, 2017    
AGM and free hot pot supper
20th February, 2017    
‘Transforming Bluebell Cottage Gardens'
Sue Beesley
(Bluebell Cottage Gardens)
20th March, 2017
‘A garden for all seasons’
with a behind the scenes look at the workings of Arley Hall gardens.  
Gordon Baillie, Head Gardener – Arley Hall, Cheshire
10th April, 2017    
‘A Lancashire garden’ 
Peter Cordall
30th April, 2017 1-00pm to 5-00pm
Open Gardens Day and HPS Plant Sale
Bridge House, Bolton Road, Bradshaw, Bolton, BL2 3EU
1st May, 2017 1-00pm to 5-00pm
Open Gardens Day and HPS Plant Sale
Bridge House, Bolton Road, Bradshaw, BOLTON, BL2 3EU
15th May, 2017    
‘Hardy, unusual but obtainable plants’
Kevin Pratt 
20th May, 2017  Depart 9.45 am; return for 5 pm from Samlesbury Memorial Hall 
Visit to Ness Gardens by coach
Free for Members, £5 non-Members, guided tour included.
19th June, 2017, arrive 6-00pm for 6-30pm (Own transport)
Evening visit to four gardens at Warton, north of Carnforth
15th July, 2017 time tba
60th Birthday Garden Party at Chris Mortimer’s home at Mill Barn, Samlesbury
18th September, 2017    
John Foley from Holden Clough Nurseries
7th October, 2017 time tba
Coach trip to Holehird Gardens, Windermere
(free to members; £5 non-members)  
Possible afternoon tea at  Lakeland Plastics.
16th October, 2017    
‘The private life of ferns - and tips on growing ferns'
Dr. Alison Evans, from the British Pteridological Society

20th November, 2017  
‘A Hardy Planter's Winter Survival Kit’
Don Witton 
(Plant Heritage National Collection Holder of Euphorbia)

11th December, 2017    
Christmas Jacob’s Join and Flower Demonstration

2016 Programme

18th January, 2016 
AGM and Quiz

15th February, 2016 
'Capability Brown: Landscape Vandal or Genius'
Elaine Taylor

21st March, 2016 
'Trough and Sink Gardens'
Peter Foley

18th April, 2016 
'Re-interpreting the ‘traditional’ herbaceous border'
Tom Attwood
Halecat Nursery

16th May, 2016 
'Soil: A Sample'
Dr Irene Weir
Lecturer in Plant Sciences, Myerscough College

19th September, 2016 
Dr Ken Thompson
Why do plants have seeds, what are seeds, large and small seeds, germination, dormancy and soil seed banks.

6th October, 2016 Celebrity Lecture to be held at Chorley Town Hall
'How does your Garden Grow'
Chris Beardshaw
Joint Meeting with Chorley & District Horticultural Society.
Based around Chris’ book of a similar title, it looks at the science of gardening and how to feel more confident and knowledgeable about your plants and how to care for them.

17th October, 2016 
'Gresgarth Hall Gardens: A Journey Thro’ the Seasons'
Steve Halliwell

21st November, 2016 
Gardeners Question Time
Panel: Stan Eversley (grass specialist) Eversley Nurseries, Phil Dunnett from Ribblesdale Nurseries,

12th December, 2016 
Christmas Meeting
Jacobs Join + Flower arranging demonstration

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