The garden of Tress and Peter Attwell, Wilmslow, June 6th, 2018

Tress and Peter were kind enough to open their garden to members of the Society during a glorious June afternoon.

Some pictures of the garden are shown for all to enjoy.

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Snowdrop Walk, Quinta Arboretum, Swettenham, February 15th 2018

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We took the opportunity for a “snowdrop walk” at the Lovell Quinta arboretum during a beautifully sunny morning. The snowdrops are just about at their best with other spring flowering bulbs starting to appear. The backdrop of the many species of trees, both deciduous and evergreen, set them off perfectly. We hope you enjoy the photographs below.


Members of the public are welcome to visit The Lovell Quinta at any time of the year. Rode Hall is another garden which is well worth a visit at this time of year.

Sir Bernard Lovell Quinta Arboretum, Swettenham, November 7th 2017
This meeting was organised as a replacement for the talk that we would normally have in the evening. Eleven members and guests attended, meeting up at the Swettenham Arms in heavy drizzle. The rain did not persist however and we had a very entertaining an informative tour given by Roderick Taylor, the current curator of the Arboretum.
Although we were probably a couple of weeks late for the strong Autumn colours, there was certainly still plenty to see. Some pictures are provided below.

It is certainly a venue that is worth a future visit.

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Previous visits by the Society are listed below:

Harrogate Autumn Show September 13th 2014.

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Harlow Carr, May 11th, 2013


The Society paid a return visit to Harlow Carr. We all had a very good time, having undertaken a tour led by our guides, David, Rachael and Rosemary. Most importantly we seemd to have the better of the weather in the North of England for that day. Like most gardens, Harlow Carr was also about three weeks behind the normal season, so we did not see the rhododendrons in their full glory. On the other hand the swathes of daffodils and the erythinium that underplanted the silver birch were stunning!
The food at Betty's was pretty good too!
Thanks to everyone who supported the visit.

Ness Botanic Gardens 19th May 2012
Ness Botanic Garden is situated on the Wirral Peninsula, overlooking the Dee.
Ness Botanic Gardens were created originally in 1898 by Arthur Bulley, and presented to the University of Liverpool by his daughter in 1948, six years after he died.
A total of thirty six members of the Society and friends enjoyed a dry, if a little chilly day out at Ness. We were all both educated and entertained by our two guides Ted and Jim. The two hours in their company just flew by! It was fascinating hearing the risks that the original plant hunters took in order to secure the latest exotic plants from the far east. No one could doubt the commitment of these gardeners when having to trek for three monthes to find that the objective of your trip had been cut down for firewood the week before you arrived!

Dorothy Clive Garden 14th May 2011


Thirty-seven members and friends of Handforth Gardening Society visited the Doroty Clive Gardens in Woore, Staffs on May 14th 2011. The trip did not start well with torrential rain as we were boarding the coach. When we got to the gardens though we did not experience a single drop!
The rhododendrons and the laburnum arch, underplanted with masses of alium were spectacular!


After spending a very worthwhile three hours at the garden we called in at Bridgemere Garden Centre for a bit of retail therapy. Of course Bridgemere also had some excellent gardens (unfortunately, no pictures), besides masses of very tempting plants to buy.
When we arrived back in Handforth. Guess what?
It was heavy rain again!
So all in all I think that everyone had a great day out with the best of the weather on offer in the North West!
The committee would like to thank everyone who joined us on our day out.

Styal Garden, 27th April 2010


Around 40 members of Handforth Gardening Society visited the Gardens around Styalon 27th April as the guest of Alan Knapper


Trentham Garden, 9th May 2009
A total of 41 Gardening Society members and their friends visited Trentham Garden on May 9th 2009. We were blessed with dry and sunny weather, though there was a chill breeze coming off the lake when you were not in the shelter of the woodland walk.


Though the Piet Oudolf garden was just beginning to come to life again, the Italian Garden looked magnificent. The little show gardens behind the children's play area were also very cleverly designed.
It is clear that alot of effort is being put into the development of the garden and surrounding area. Members also managed to come back home with lighter purses and wallets after being tempted in the retail outlet. For a number of members the visit brought back happy memories of Sunday School trips and nights spent dancing to the big band sounds of the1950s.

Walton's Fuchsia Nursery, June 3rd 2008

Bodnant Garden, 25th May 2008

Bluebell Cottage Gardens, June 5th 2007
Bluebell Cottage Gardens and Lodge Lane Nursery are owned by Sue Beesley. Sue is pictured below, displaying her BBC Gardener of the Year Award trophy, with Society chairman, David Gilbert.
Sue gave a presentation to members describing the history of the garden and the reasons why she decided to take on the challenge of renovating the garden. After the presentation, we wandered around the magnificent garden with its large and varied herbaceous borders. Many Society members were tempted by the retail opportunity provided by the nursery which had several unusual plants. The more energetic members walked through the wildflower meadow to explore the woodland walk.

Harlow Carr, May19th 2007
Handforth Gardening Society had a very successful visit to the RHS Harlow Carr Garden, Harrogate.
The tour guides gave an excellent introduction to the the garden, its history and the planned developments.
The rhododendrons lining the path in the Woodland walk were magnificent!
Members were able to observe woodpeckers, amongst other birds, from the bird-hide. Additionally there was a demonstration of bee-keeping techniques.
Well worth another visit!

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