Monthly Archives: April 2017

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Have you got a lawn to shout about?

The hunt to find Britain’s Best Lawn is back! Gardeners across the country could be rewarded for their hard work and dedication to their lawn by winning £1,200 worth of battery powered gardening equipment from EGO Power+, the specialists and leaders of cordless technology. For 12 years, Britain’s Best Lawn has celebrated dedicated and passionate gardeners who want to show off their lawns. Loyal followers, and previous winners have boasted precise cuts of incredibly healthy, weed-free grass showing how they have passionately spent hours tending to their garden. Steve Roskell, EGO’s European marketing director, commented: “Britain’s Best Lawn is open to everyone, no matter how big or small their lawn – bigger isn’t necessarily always better! EGO is about championing pioneers, quality and innovation so we’re looking for a gardener and a lawn that embody these qualities. “Britain’s Best Lawn isn’t so much about traditional stripes and manicured edges anymore, it’s about having perfection but without endless hassle and fulfilling the needs of modern gardeners who are seeking convenience, but also power and flawless precision – all the things that EGO can deliver. A lawn plays a centre role in a garden. The eventual best lawn can be traditional, modern, […]

July Event

Coach Trip to Plas Cadnant, Menai Tuesday 18th July 2017 Update: Our visit to Plas Cadnant was a great success. It is a beautiful garden and the weather was dry and sunny making it a lovely day all round. Here are some photographs taken on the day. If you have any you wish to add your own please email them over to Linda:     A historic garden under restoration, situated between Menai Bridge and Beaumaris on the Isle of Anglesey. In 1996, the present owner bought the 200 acre Plas Cadnant Estate and work began on the restoration of the historic garden and grounds. Since then large parts of the gardens have undergone a spectacular transformation and have been restored to their former glory. Described as one of North Wales best kept secrets is the hidden world of Plas Cadnant Gardens, situated at the side of the Menai Strait, hidden from view near to Menai Bridge on the Isle of Anglesey. Former owners of Plas Cadnant were related to the Tremayne family of Heligan House, now famous for its Lost Gardens. For more information about the garden visit their website at Here are the details for the day: […]

June Event

Local Garden Visits and Social Evening Date: Tuesday 20th June 2017 Update: The evening was very well attended with lots of visitors to the gardens and the social event was a great success with great raffle prizes. As an extra bonus the sun shone throughout. Here are a few photographs of the gardens with more to come shortly first is Lesley and Richard Groves lovely garden at Brook Cottage: Linda Peppin’s garden at Dove Cottage: Photographs of Diane and John’s garden at Bramble Cottage and the Allotments will be published soon.   Allotments and gardens will be open from 6.30pm and drinks and nibbles will be served from 7.30pm at Helen and Peter’s, Ashton Hall, Kelsall Road. Ashton Allotment Association welcomes Gardening Club members during the social evening. We are a group of 14 growers with plots at the end of Willow Hayes. Best described as enthusiasts rather than experts we always welcome visitors and could squeeze a new member or two in if anyone is keen. Lesley and Richard Groves, Brook Cottage, Congar Lane: Just over three years ago we took over a garden which had suffered many years of neglect with overgrown shrubs, invasive bamboo and grass as high […]

May Event

Evening Visit to Bluebell Cottage Garden, Dutton Website: Date: Tuesday 16th May 2017 Update: We had a lovely evening at Bluebell Cottage Gardens. We had a talk and tour by Sue Beesley then we had tea and cake in the sunshine and browsed her extensive nursery, many of us came away with a number of plants.    Tucked away down a quiet country lane, this rural gem is one of Cheshire’s best kept secrets. Owned and managed by former BBC Gardener of the Year, Sue Beesley, Bluebell Cottage Gardens, nursery, wildflower meadows and bluebell woods make a perfect half day out for keen gardeners, wildlife enthusiasts, or anyone in need of a break from the whirlwind of modern life Please meet at the gardens at 6.30pm and if anyone requires a lift please speak to a committee member The cost of the evening is £6 payable on arrival and the format of the evening is as follows: Brief introduction by Sue Beesley or a senior member of the garden staff Option of guided tour/s of gardens, or senior member of staff available to identify plants and answer questions, as preferred Unlimited individual time in gardens, nursery, wood and meadow Hot and […]

April Event

Photographing Gardens of North West England – Fiona Lea Date: Tuesday 18th April 2017 Time: 8pm Location: Ashton Hayes Primary School Update: Fiona Lea’s talk comprised of three sections. The first was how to take a better picture and she showed us several photographs she has taken and how they were digitally enhanced. She recommends a book called Digital Plant Photography: For beginners to professionals Paperback by Adrian Davies which you can find on Amazon by clicking the link. She also visits gardens open under The National Garden Scheme’s Yellow Book. In the book are listed gardens which are open once or several times a year to raise money for charity. Nearly 4000 gardeners open their gardens for charity. Last year the NGS raised over £2 and a half million. It is a really great scheme. All the information can also be accessed by visiting the NGS website. Finally she told us how she also visits larger gardens in the North West, photographing elements of each garden which she finds interesting. She showed us her images of Arley Hall, Tatton Park, Levens Hall, Holehird Gardens, Abbeywood, Dorothy Clive Gardens Trentham Henbury Hall and Ness Botanical gardens. If you want to find out more about Fiona and the work […]