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Monday 13th March

RHS Garden Bridgewater

This is the last of our indoor meetings due to Easter Monday and The Coronation Bank Holiday Monday falling our our usual meeting nights. Not only will it be our last indoor meeting but before the speaker starts we will hold an Extraordinary General Meeting, to allow a 'reshuffle' of some of the current committee members and the appointment of a new Treasurer. Following our plea for help at the AGM in May Di Nicolson has very kindly stepped up and offered to take over the role of Treasurer.

'Wildlife the Environment and Organic Gardening’- Simon Gulliver

Simon will come along and give us all the information we need on how to create a beautiful wildlife friendly plot. He will cover pest control, beneficial insects as well as wildlife.

Simon is a Gardens and Parks Consultant for the National Trust, responsible for advising on the development of over 30 historic gardens in Lancashire, Cheshire and West Midlands.

Plants for sale

Talk starts at 7.45pm with the hall open from 7.15pm

Please come and join us - non-members £3.00 per person to include tea/coffee and biscuits.

Tea Rota March; S Swift & C Swift

Summer Garden Visits

RHS Garden Bridgewater

Where - RHS Garden Bridgewater, Salford BY COACH

Date - Wednesday 14th June 2023

Time - Departing Dodford Village Hall 9.00am and Returning to Dodford Village Hall at 6.00pm

Cost - Members £20.00 per person and Non-members £25.00 per person ( to include Garden Entry )

Travel - By Coach

Payment - At the March Club Meeting at the latest

RHS Garden Bridgewater is the fifth and newest public garden by the RHS sitting on the site previously occupied by Worsley New Hall. The 156 acre site has seen restoration, regeneration and replanting with something for everyone. The vast 11 acre Weston Walled Garden contains multiple garden rooms, there is also the Worsley Welcome Garden, a kitchen Garden, Woodland and meadow areas. Garden designer Tom Stuart - Smith worked on the masterplan in partnership with the RHS, architects and other specialists.

Mobility scooters are available for those that need them and there are plenty of benches for people to rest and enjoy the gardens. Food and Drinks are available in several outlets/cafes, or you can take a picnic.

Register and pay Lorraine at the March meeting at the latest - there are only 35 seats on the coach.

Pear Tree Cottage Garden

Where - Pear Tree Cottage, Witton Hill, Wichenford, Worcester. WR6 6YX

Date - Monday 14th August 2023

Time - 6.30pm

Cost - £10.00 per person to include Garden Entry, tea or coffee and homemade cake.

Travel - Own transport, car share if possible.

Payment - Register and pay at the March Club Meeting

A south-west facing garden with gently sloping lawns and views over Bulmer's Cider Orchards. There are mixed and woodland borders, shade and plenty of seating. The garden is noted for its quirky and humorous character, along with the odd surprise. Not only does it include a Shed of the Year Runner Up 2017 but was shortlisted in the English Garden Magazine's 'The Nation's Favourite Garden' and featured in the December Edition.

Penny Lydon 07706 153618 Lorraine Smith 07799 060790

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