OUT AND ABOUT, ME AND MY CAMERA

Queen-Butterfly-Male-2-889x1024Paul King from The North Fylde Photographic Society gave an illustrated talk to our members at our March meeting.

Paul, who is Chairman of the North Fylde Photographic Society and a photography judge, showed us some of his excellent work.

His portfolio includes fabulous monochrome pictures and some impressive nature action shots of wild animals and birds.

He also has a great knowledge of photograph composition and digital editing for the best presentation.

Paul talked through a series of short photographic shows and passed around several large prints on many topics including animals, people, planes and landscapes. The picture above is Paul’s photograph of a Queen Butterfly.

Summer and Autumn Flowering Bulbs

The first in our spring series of gardening talks was given by speaker Matthew SmithMatthew Smith Brighter Blooms2 of Brighter Blooms Nursery, Walton-le-Dale, Preston and what an excellent talk on bulbs it turned out to be! Matthew eloquently talked about his nursery and how it has developed over the years. He then went on to show some of his gold award displays at Chelsea.

Matthew is the founder of the Brighter Blooms Nursery and can be found at many flower shows all over the country. He has been a horticulturalist most of his life, starting at a very young age growing flowers and vegetables. Having worked for various nurseries and growing and selling his own plants during his teenage years he went on to university to study horticulture.

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After graduating he started work for a landscape company that were establishing a new nursery and one-stop landscape shop. He worked here for 10 years  gaining much experience in many elements of horticulture including running a flower bulb import and distribution business. This gave him the chance to develop an in-depth knowledge of all things bulbous and a passion for tulips started to evolve.

Matthew decided to go it alone and established Brighter Blooms in 2010, initially set up to be an online bulb supplier but now a well-established award-winning nursery.

Matthew saw that Zantedeschia (also known as Zantedeschia-Morning-SunCallas), was an unsung plant at flower shows. He decided to give it the attention it deserved and started to grow and exhibit them for the first time in 2010. In 2015, he exhibited at 13 flower shows including Chelsea Flower Show where he was awarded an RHS Gold Medal for his display of Zantedeschia. Matthew is very knowledgeable about Zantedeschia and he talked very enthusiastically, sharing good practise with members.

Matthew still has a passion for tulips and exhibiting them at the nursery is a more recent development. Look out for his tulip open weekend in April.

The photographs below show some of the many varieties he grows and sells. He was an engaging speaker and had our members very interested in all he had to say from how he got where he is today to tips and tricks for an outstanding (perhaps award winning) display of flowering bulbs.

Our next talk is on Wednesday 20th March 2019 and will be given by Paul King from North Fylde Photographic Society.

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.

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/