2018 Meeting Reports

January  Meeting

At our January meeting on the 11th, we spent a few minutes on the formalities of the AGM. We heard that the club was in good shape, and confirmed the re-election  of the committee.

Following that we welcomed back Malcolm Plant, of "Butterfly Conservation". Malcolm spoke on the subject of  "The Importance of Moths".  

The following link takes you to the Butterfly Conservation website. https://butterfly-conservation.org/

A well attended meeting, with several new members, enjoyed an entertaining and informative talk.


At our February meeting on the 8th, we welcomed guest speaker Marcus Chilton Jones, who spoke on the subject of the new RHS Garden Bridgewater at Salford.

Marcus became curator of the RHS Garden Bridgewater, after an eight year spell as curator at the Dorothy Clive garden.

We heard about the history of the site and the exciting future plans for this new RHS garden in Worsley. Restoration of a walled garden, construction of a new lake and re-establishing the terraced formal gardens, are part of what will be a very significant new garden.

The link below leads to a very interesting site which provides a lot of detail of what will be created.



February  Meeting

Marcus Chilton-Jones


At our March meeting on the 8th, we had one of our "Special Ticket Events".  Adam Frost, was our guest speaker.

Adam is an RHS Ambassador for Education and Community Gardens, and an award winning garden designer and Gardener's World presenter.

His talk was entitled "Adam's 7 Gold Medal-Winning Chelsea Gardens".

From a lifetime in the garden, Adam’s talks are always full of amusing stories, as well as advice and inspiration.




March Meeting with Adam Frost

At a very well attended April meeting on the 14th, we were treated to an excellent evening of lovely photographs and the familiar wit and humour of Don Witton who was our guest speaker. Don is a well travelled man, and an acomplished photographer. He combined these two facets with an easy speaking style to provide a very enjoyable evening.
Don describes his talk entitled "Once Seen Never Forgotten" as an eclectic mix of images caught on camera during Don's garden travels. It ranged through local, national and international gardens of note and importance, highlighting the planting and garden layouts. He also included an insight into his other love, mountian walking. Spectacular views of visits to the Lake District, the Alps, Grand Canyon, Table Moutain and more, were accompanied by a lively account packed with interest.

April Meeting

Don Witton in his allotment, that houses the National Euphorbia Collection. Taken during our visit in 2014

May  Meeting

At our meeting on the 10th May, we enjoyed a talk entitled "The Early History of Kew" given by our guest speaker Dr Robert Callow. We learned about the royal origins and the connections with some of the finest scientists and engineers of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Dr Callow is a published author and was a lecturer at Manchester University for almost thirty years and a tutor with the Open University for nine. 

June Meeting

At our June meeting on 14th, we had an enjoyable talk from our guest speaker,  Maureen Sawyer. She is a gardener and practising artist and designer who divides her time between the development of the garden at Southlands, Stretford.  Using a series of beautiful photos, she illustrated a very comprehensive talk, covering planting, colour balance and care of the carefully chosen plants.

You can visit her garden under the National Garden Scheme.



July Meeting

At our July meeting on 12th, we welcomed Gordon Bailllie as guest speaker.  Gordon is head gardener at Arley Hall, and he told us about the lovely gardens that he and his team tend, in a most enjoyable presentation.


There is a slideshow of photos of the Arley Hall Gardens in the Photo Index page



September  Meeting


On the 13th of September, we welcomed Ed Pilkington, of East Cheshire Rangers. He told us about the work of the rangers in managing the local area. The Middlewood Way, Poyton Coppice, and Teggs Nose featured prominently in his discourse.

The illustrated talk explained how the rangers, supported by volunteers, worked to maintain, preserve and improve the wildlife habitat, while providing a lovely resouce for the public.


October Meeting


At our meeting on the 11th we welcomed Kate Brophy as guest speaker. She gave a talk entitled "Roses, from Seed to Pot".  Kate is from Fryer's Roses of Knutsford, and gave us a colourful and informative talk.

As a 25 year veteran with Fryer's, she has accumulated much knowledge on the subject of roses. She shared some of it with us in a very interesting talk and demonstration about the process of hybridising and raising a new rose variety.


November  Meeting

At our November 8th meeting, our guest speaker was Margaret Robinson who

entertained us with a particularly interesting and amusing talk about vegetables. Margaret

is from W. Robinson & Son (seeds and plants) of Forton, Nr Preston, a renowned family 

company founded in 1860.  It was interesting to hear a little of the company history and of the techniques employed in seed cultivation.



December  Meeting - Christmas Party


On the 13th of  December, we rounded the year off with our Christmas Party Meeting.  There was the traditional fare of "Hotpot Supper" or "Vegetarian Lasagne", and a choice of puddings.

Games like pass the parcel and a quiz were  enjoyed by all.