GARDENING TALKS are held at Christ Church, Meadows Avenue, Thornton, FY5 2TW and start at 7.30pm. They are usually held on the third Wednesday of the month (please see below for exceptions). There is a small admission charge to cover costs. Members (£3) and non members (£4) are welcome. Refreshments are available. There is free parking at the venue. If you have suggestions for speakers you would like to hear or topics you would like us to cover, please contact Judith Schofield using the contact form here.
Upcoming gardening talks:
Wednesday 19th September 2018 at 7.30pm
CHOCOLATE FROM BEAN TO BAR
Josie Morris from Southport
Come and listen to Josie telling us how chocolate is harvested and processed from the cacoa bean and how she uses it to make a range of hand-made chocolates.
Wednesday 17th October 2018
THE CARTMEL PENINSULA AND HOLKER HALL GARDENS
Steve Halliwell from Preston
Steve Halliwell, Author, Public Speaker and Biographer, will talk to us about this magnificent Victorian stately home and its 25 acres of stunning gardens and ancient deer park.
Wednesday 21st November 2018
DON’T GO TO SLEEP DURING WINTER
Kevin Pratt from Village Plants Nursery, Hazel Grove
Kevin is qualified in botany, soil science and horticulture with thirty years gardening experience and two RHS Gold medals in the floral marque and Gold medal at Southport flower show. He has worked daily, self employed as a landscaper and maintenance gardener in some very beautiful gardens in Hale and has worked with ‘Raymond Blanc’ at Le Manoir.
Wednesday 1st December 2018
AGM AND FESTIVE SOCIAL EVENT
There will be no gardening talk in January 2019.
Wednesday 20th February 2019
SUMMER AND AUTUMN FLOWERING BULBS
Matthew Smith from Brighter Blooms, Walton-Le-Dale, Preston
RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medalists, Brighter Blooms are known for Callas and Matthew has developed an in depth knowledge of all things bulbous with a passion for Tulips.
Wednesday 20th March 2019
To be confirmed
Wednesday 17th April 2019
To be confirmed
Wednesday 15th May 2019
SUMMER CONTAINERS AND HANGING BASKETS
Bill Blackledge, BBC Radio Lancashire’s Gardening Expert
Bill is one of the country’s most sought after garden experts. BBC Radio Lancashire listeners get to pick his brains on all things horticultural; now its your turn.
Wednesday 19th June 2019
PLANTS, PLANTS AND MORE PLANTS
Tom and Caroline Luke from Goosnargh
Tom and Caroline open their garden at Dale House as part of the National Garden Scheme. They have developed a garden with all year round interest; beautifully landscaped and comprising of limestone rockeries, well stocked herbaceous borders, raised alpine beds, well stocked koi pond, lawn areas, greenhouse and polytunnel. They specialise in alpines rare shrubs and trees, and have a large collection unusual bulbs.
There are no gardening talks during July and August as you will all be too busy enjoying your garden!
Please keep an eye on this page for details as we get them or request a regular newsletter by contacting Judith through the the form here.