Last meeting in DecemberJaqueline Iddon – Christmas from the Garden
A practical demonstration, making a blue spruce door ring, winter pots and other festive ideas to help decorate your home for Christmas. Jaqueline gave us a very entertaining and amusing talk whilst showing us how to make beautiful christmas decorations using foliage from the garden with added value glittery bits from the Range and Homesense! With both the wreath and the candle decoration it appears that ‘more is more’, similar to the hanging baskets and tubs that the group has seen demonstrated it seems that you need to use twice as many plants/foliage as you think are needed. Jaqueline produced beautiful creations and also showed us how to ‘jazz up’ potted plants to give as christmas gifts.
If you made a wreath or table decoration (I did both) please email me a photo which I will print out to share with the group at the January meeting.
Syllabus for 2020
Wednesday January 8: The Walled Garden – A talk about Norton Priory
Norton Priory is the most excavated monastic site in Europe. Boasting the ruins of an Abbey, 12th century undercroft and an 18th century Walled Garden, it is located within an oasis of tranquil woodland and wildflower meadows. The beautiful 2.5 acre Georgian walled garden is a hidden gem with fruit trees, herb garden and rose walk. Home to the National Collection of Quince, it is surrounded by a pear orchard, wildflower meadow and woodland.The walled garden was once a kitchen garden feeding the nearby Norton manor house of which only the undercroft and Victorian porch survive. Today the garden boasts a stunning array of flowering plants with something always in bloom from April to October. The traditional rose walk has been recreated from the decorative ‘tree of life’ gate to the pergola, the perfect place from which to admire the 2.5 acre gardens. The garden is also home to the national collection of tree quince, the preserves from which can be purchased from the cottage shop. The new museum displays thousands of artefacts from Norton’s 900 year history including the internationally significant 14th century statue of St Christopher.
Wednesday February 12: Steve Halliwell – Yes, we have no Galanthus
A story of the humble snowdrop.
Wednesday March 11: A talk by Brian Quinn – Friends of Rotten Row
Rotten Row’s beautiful 746 metre long herbaceous border (one of the longest in the country) has been restored by a group of volunteers, the Friends of Rotten Row, to its glory days of over 40 years ago when it was a major public attraction. Their efforts, supported by Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council, have received numerous North West in Bloom awards, and the 2014 and 2016 Top Trophy for the Best Overall Neighbourhood.
Within easy walking distance from Southport’s famous Lord Street, Rotten Row provides open access to the colourful borders along wide footways where visitors can stop to enjoy the variety of flowers, shrubs, birds and insect life. The level surface is convenient for wheelchair users, and there is free parking available.
Rotten Row is also a hub for other leisure activities. It runs parallel to Victoria Park which is used for a variety of public events, not least being the famous Southport Flower Show. Cycling, croquet, tennis, model engineering, model car and model boat clubs, a plant nursery, restaurant, caravan park and children’s play area are all accessed from Rotten Row.
Wednesday April 8: NGS/CGS – A talk by Margaret Fletcher
Beyond the Garden Gate
Wednesday May 13: M Sawyer
Growing with Pride
Wednesday June 10: A talk by Marguerite Hughes
Scented Plants for every Season
A big Thank You to Helen Wilson, Joyce Yoxon and Les Fillis for their help and support and David Blanchflower for producing the newsletter.
All offers of help in organising this group will be gratefully received. At the July, 2019 meeting we held a raffle and we are looking to develop this as a regular event for the future. A volunteer to sell raffle tickets at the start of meetings would be very welcome, please speak to Pam or Helen if you can help.