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Edgworth and District Horticultural Society

Programme 2021

When the Covid situation allows, we intend to hold meetings as usual at The Barlow, Edgworth (formerly called The Barlow Institute), starting at 7.30 p.m.

Margaret Fletcher and Marlow Renton have kindly agreed to give their talks using Zoom. Starting in January these will be our first for nearly  a year. 

We hope that from March onwards we will be able, once again, to meet in person at the Barlow though caution may even then limit our numbers and may need to involve the use of Zoom.. Watch the web site and emails to see how this develops. 

There is a charge of £1.50 for our Barlow meetings (£3 for non-members), which we hope will eventually be able to include interval coffee/tea and cakes.

You can join the Society at any of the meetings, or by completing the on-line membership form.

Date Subject and Speaker
Jan 20

Through the Garden Gate 
Margaret & Geoff Fletcher

Both hold voluntary roles for the National Gardens Scheme in Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester.  Margaret is the County Organiser and Geoff is the Treasurer.
They live near Southport, and open their garden to the public under the NGS.
Feb 17

Foraging through the Seasons
Marlow Renton.

Marlow is a founder of Wild Food UK whose aim is to educate people about tasty edible wild plants, mushrooms, fruits, roots and flowers that they think everyone should be able to identify, pick and eat with confidence.

He is someone who enjoys talking, (maybe a bit too much for his wife and some of his friends), but it’s good if you like to hear about mushrooms! He loves good food, good ale, all things nature, and hitting things with sticks. Having left an internet career behind, Marlow is delighted to be out foraging rather than sorting out HTML issues; even in the rain and wind!

March 17

Potato Salad
Matthew Smith 

We first met Matthew at Tatton and he came to tell us all about Lilies (actually Zantedeschia) in 2014.  Although he still grows his summer flowering bulbs, he has become very well known for the dozens of different varieties of Potatoes available.  So for this talk he will look at the history, cultivation and the facts regarding potatoes and other vegetables and he will be bringing potatoes, vegetable seeds and onion sets for us Matthew is the founder of  BrighterBlooms and can be found at all the flower shows

April 21

Green roofs and Wild Flower Borders
Sam Camps Rawtenstall

Whilst at Harlow Carr last autumn we talked to our friend and curator, Paul Cook.about their roofs. It doesn’t seem to matter how steep the roof is, a garden roof can be successful. 

Sam specializes in outside works in the garden and will be telling us all about creating green roofs for sheds and outbuildings.

May 8


The Gardens of Erddig House and Chirk Castle, Wrexham
We will visit the landscaped garden at  Chirk Castle and then the walled garden at Erddig House, both near Wrexham. Both are National Trust properties. More details later.
May 19

Growing Clematis
Richard Hodson, Hesketh Bank

Richard holds the National Collection of Clematis Viticella, Viorna and Texensis Groups – so Clematis will be his topic for his talk.  Richard grows over 200 varieties and is a presenter on Gardeners World.

THURSDAY June 3rd  to SUNDAY June 6th 


The Gardens of the Scottish Borders 

More details and how to book
June 16
Evening Visit to Southlands. in Stretford. The home of Maureen Sawyer

This garden which opens for the National Garden Scheme belongs to Maureen Sawyer, who came to give us a talk in 2019.  It is a garden which opens up from one area to another and yet another – full of surprises.  It has been featured in many garden publications and seen on television Maureen is looking forward to seeing us and since her talk was pleased to welcome some members of our Society to her garden.

July 21

Growing Grapes in the UK
Ryan Mounsey, Pembrokeshire

Many people have a grapevine in their greenhouse and have long wanted to know a bit more about growing grapes.  Ryan Mounsey is a Director at Velfrey Vineyard in Pembrokeshire and will tell us  the principles of viticulture in the UK. which climatic changes have made possible' His talk covers the history of his family’s vineyard which was planted in 2017 and which has had its first fruits harvested this year.  This should be very interesting.

Aug 21
Sept 11


Harewood House, Leeds and Dove Cottage Garden, Halifax
We will first visit Harewood House, near Leeds and then return via Dove Cottage Garden and Nursery, near Halifax.  The first part of the trip to Harewood House needs little explanation.  The second part, Dove Cottage Garden which sits alongside the nursery, is planted with late summer flowering perennials and grasses providing colour and beauty throughout summer, autumn and winter.
Date TBA
A visit to the new RHS Garden Bridgewater – the date and arrangements to be confirmed later, when group bookings commence
Sept 15
Roses from Seed to Pot
Kate Brophy, from Fryer’s Roses

This will be a hands-on talk which Kate has asked to do on the stage so that everyone can see what she is doing!  She will be bringing some roses to sell – well, as many as she can fit in her little car!.

Oct 20
Amazing Bats
Steve Parker,  from the South Lancashire Bat Group

Steve is the Batman, from the South Lancashire Bat Group.  Bat Groups are set up countrywide to keep a watchful eye on the habits of this protected species and their work includes conservation of existing sites and carrying out bat surveys to accompany planning permission

Nov 17
AGM, Social Evening with Potato Pie Supper and Quiz The AGM and social evening is for existing members of the society only.