TCHS History

DON’T GO TO SLEEP DURING WINTER

kevin pratt2Such an intriguing title! Kevin Pratt from Village Plants Nursery, Hazel Grove, came to talk to our members about winter colour from trees and shrubs. His talk was backed up by excellent photographs of some beautiful plants and Kevin ably answered a range of questions from the audience. Kevin had brought with him a range of plants from his nursery which were for sale after the talk. Members took great interest in his knowledge of each plant and took heed of his suggested planting locations.

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.

Chairman John Horrocks said, ‘Kevin certainly knows his stuff. His talk was very interesting and informative and he brought an excellent selection of plants from his nursery’.

Our next talk is in 20th February and will be on Summer and Autumn Flowering Bulbs.

LEST WE FORGET

fallen soldierOn Remembrance Sunday, the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, Janet and Judith had the privilege of representing the Thornton-Cleveleys Horticultural Society by joining dignitaries, schools, local groups and businesses in the procession to the Thornton Cenotaph. Whilst it had rained as everyone assembled, it stayed fine for the rest of the service and the sun shone through the trees bathing the ‘fallen soldier’ in a striking light. Janet and Judith were extremely proud to lay a wreath on behalf of the Society. It was very poignant to see so many people showing their respects.

 

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Cartmel Peninsula and Holker Hall Gardens

Holker Hall 21.4.2016 248 - CopySteve Halliwell from Preston, gave us a fantastic tour of Holker Hall gardens through a series of outstanding photographs at our talk last week.

Holker Hall is a magnificent Victorian stately home with 25 acres of stunning gardens and an ancient deer park. Steve showed us pictures of fantastic trees and shrubs from the garden including many from the Asian sub continent as well as native UK trees.Steve Halliwell Holker Hall Gardens Talk His knowledge and photography was awesome; we will definitely look to invite him back in the future.

Steve Halliwell is an author, public speaker and biographer, who has a depth of  knowledge of local history and large gardens in the area. He is also known for his guide to Preston pubs!

Our next talk is DON’T GO TO SLEEP DURING WINTER on Wednesday 21st November 2018 at 7.30pm, given by double RHS gold award winner, Kevin Pratt from Hazel Grove.

Chocolate from Bean to Bar

Josie Morris Chocolate 3Josie Morris gave us a tasty talk on chocolate last week. Full of interesting information about the cocoa bean and a practical demonstration of how she uses various molds to create chocolate master pieces.

We got to see a high heel shoe, a handbag, bars and other novelty items all formed from Josie Morris Chocolate 2chocolate. Best of all, samples of the basic ingredients were handed around for us to taste.

At the end of her talk, Josie answered questions from enthusiastic members.  She also had a display of chocolate items on sale which met with much approval!

Our next gardening talk is The Cartmel Peninsula and Holker Hall Gardens by Steve Halliwell on Wednesday 17th October at 7.30pm, details here.

Flower, Arts & Crafts Show 18 Aug 2018

It’s just four weeks until our annual Flower, Arts & Crafts Show; the date for your diary is:

SATURDAY 18th AUGUST 2018
1pm – 6pm
Thornton Cleveleys Horticultural Society
FLOWER, ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW
at Millfield Science & Performing Arts College,
Belvedere Road, Thornton, FY5 5DG

It is an opportunity to show off the results of your green fingers, crafting dexterity and culinary skills and perhaps win acclaim as best in show. It is also an opportunity to marvel at what other people have achieved making the show a fantastic family day out – everyone is welcome.

The Show includes competitive classes in horticulture, home-crafts, handicrafts, needlework, floral art, photography and children’s classes. There are competition classes open to people of all ages and abilities.  So, if you can grow fruit, flowers or vegetables, have a nice hanging basket or an indoor plant, can knit, sew, bake cakes or make jam, can paint pictures, arrange flowers or are a keen photographer, why not join in?

The competition schedule is now available. If you would like to receive a copy of the schedule, please let us have your name and postal details Screenshot (12)using the form here.

If you are interested in sponsoring a class as a company or as an individual, we would love to hear from you, please contact us using the form here.

Our show runs with the support of our exhibitors and our excellent show team volunteers made up of members, the committee and friends of the Society. We are also grateful for the support of SPONSORS. If you can volunteer to help us stage our show in anyway, please contact us using the form here.

Finally, if you are just looking for a fabulous day out, come along on the day, everyone is welcome. Admission to the Show is by donation.

Hope to see you there!

Yewbarrow House and Gardens

We had a lovely sunny day for our visit to Yewbarrow House and Gardens on 19th May.

Yewbarrow House 3Set in the seaside area of Grange-over-sands in Cumbria, these stunning coastal gardens have expansive views across the estuary. They enjoy a micro climate more similar to that of Torquay in Cornwall than to its northern neighbours. Indeed, it is said to benefit from more hours of winter sunshine than Cornwall.Yewbarrow House gardenmap

Started in 1999 by Jonathan Denby, who is said to have been inspired by renowned garden writers such as Shirley Hibberd, the gardens are set out in nine separate parts each designed to take into account the lie of the land, making the most of the free draining soil and emphasising the magnificent views.

We toured the first of these gardens to be developed, the Sunken garden, which has grown up around a
palm tree planted in the centre of the lawn. The Italian garden is filled with large exotic Yewbarrow House 1plants which we might not expect to find or be thriving on the coast of Cumbria. The Japanese garden displayed a circular pool as a centre-piece which has an infinity edge overlooking Morecambe Bay. We also took in the Palm House and the Maple Walk as we enjoyed the sunshine and gentle breeze from the estuary.Yewbarrow House 2

We enjoyed a cream tea on the Tea Lawn whilst we learned that work on the gardens have been ongoing for the last 20 years and is now preparing for the official opening for the NGS scheme.

On our return journey we called at Beetham Nurseries and Garden Centre. All enjoyed the day albeit a bit sun burnt!

For details of the Thornton Cleveleys Horticultural Society trips and garden talks, please see https://thorntoncleveleyshorticulturalsociety41.com/

Artistic Planters with Attitude

This months gardening talk on 16th May was the first in our new venue at Christ Church, Thornton. We were made very welcome and enjoyed the bright space for our meeting.

Tim Smith - planter demonstrationTim Smith of Lythan St Annes, a regular on the talk circuit, gave us a demonstration which he entitled ARTISTIC PLANTERS WITH ATTITUDE. He talked about colour combinations and planting design, as well as suitable plants for the containers he was demonstrating.

John Horrocks Bowl Planters

Our Chairperson, John Horrocks followed Tim’s talk with a practical demonstration of making a bowl garden. Using a selection alpines and succulents, he put together small bowls and talked through soil types and drainage solutions.

Our next gardening talk is Wednesday 20th June 2018 at the usual time 7.30pm. Marguerite Hughes from Bretherton is talking to us about SCENTED PLANTS FOR ALL SEASONS

Marguerite Hughes is a well known Lancastrian horticulturist, broadcaster & experienced garden speaker. There will also be plants for sale by Sue Gillon from Meadow View Plants.

There are no gardening talks during July and August as you will all be too busy enjoying your garden! Gardening talks will recommence in September, keep an eye on this page for details as we get them.