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HANDFORTH GARDEN SOCIETY

February 2019

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HANDFORTH GARDENING SOCIETY NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2019

Dear all,

Many thanks to all those who joined us for Tuesday’s meeting with Bob and Brenda Worsley “stepping into the breach” at the last minute with amazing photographs, history and collection data / sourcing details for cyclamen and hepaticas. We were not disappointed with Bob’s wit and dry sense of humour. How DOES Brenda put up with him? Definitely a “deep rooted partnership” there – excuse the pun.

Next month we welcome William Woods of “Blackbrook Herbs” on Nursery Lane, formerly of Donkey Lane, Wilmslow.

Thursday February 21st is the “Snowdrop Walk” at Dunham Massey. We will meet by the tills close to the shop for 11 a.m. Parking and entrance to the gardens are free to National Trust members. Otherwise, there are fees – please check Dunham Massey’s website. However, the car park charge includes access to the extensive parkland around the hall and gardens. Refreshments, including hearty soups and light lunches, are available in two restaurant areas. If you would like to car share, please contact any member of the committee. The attached photographs were taken at Dunham Massey in late February last year. There are also regular updates on signs of spring on the HGS website.

For those who can’t make it to Dunham Massey or who would like to see even more snowdrops, the gardens at numbers 6 and 9 West Drive, Gatley SK8 4JJ will be open this Sunday, February 17th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the National Gardens Scheme Snowdrop Festival. Entrance for the two is £3.00, no need to book.

Our March meeting – March 5th will be the last one before the clocks change – “Spring Forward”! After that, we will be basking in glorious sunshine until well into the evening. With generally milder winters over the last few years, it has been decided to revert to April for the HGS Spring Show, with more emphasis on early blooms. The schedule has been distributed online as well as copies being available at last week’s meeting. So …… start sowing, growing, taking cuttings, crafting and practising your cookery skills in plenty of time. Please note that this is an “in house” show i.e. fully paid up HGS members only.

The AGM will be held while judging is taking place so if you have any views, would like to make a contribution or, better still, become a member of HGS committee, please be there.

It is also hoped to visit Turner’s garden centre on road out to Knutsford, towards the end of the month. More details to follow.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 21st - Snowdrop walk at Dunham Massey. Meet 11 a.m. by the entrance tills close to the shop.

TUESDAY MARCH 5th - HGS monthly meeting - William Woods of Blackbrook Herbs, Nursey Lane, Wilmslow.

TUESDAY APRIL 2nd – A.G.M. and HGS Spring Show.

Visit to Turner’s garden centre / nursery – date and details to be confirmed.

THURSDAY APRIL 4th: Daffodil walk - See Website Diary page

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