|Meeting Day||2nd Friday|
|Co-ordinator(s)||Dorothy Hayton and Heather Fielding|
We meet once a month to visit gardens in this area and to talk about gardening. Later this year we hope to start swapping plants as well as ideas.
We enjoy chatting about gardening (and lots of other things.)
We don't have a set meeting-place and our visits are very informal and seem to involve refreshments of some sort as well.
The group ended another successful year with a very good Christmas lunch at The Hare and Hounds at Levens.
The diary meeting in January planned the year's visits and meetings which started with a very interesting talk by Diane Hewitt, the county organiser for the National Garden Scheme, her subject being 'From district nurses to climate change'.
Weather willing we will be visiting the first garden, Brenda Austin's, in March.
4 different and interesting places visited since the last newsletter.
Swarthmoor Hall: a pretty garden and tour of the hall learning about its Quaker history.
Myerscough College: tours by students and professional gardeners gave us a fascinating visit.
Middle Blakebank at Underbarrow: a lovely garden with fabulous views. The head gardener showed us round and we were very well fed by the owner, Mrs Hilary Crowe.
Oxenholme Rd is the home of artist Frances Winder & her husband, the potter John Davenport. A beautiful garden and a real oasis lovingly attended by both of them.
We ended 2016 with a very good Christmas lunch at The Villa, Levens, with added entertainment provided by a wedding party!
2017 started with a planning meeting at Castle St Centre. We planned the whole year's visits - quite an achievement.
Because February is not a great month to visit gardens we had a very interesting visit to High Lickbarrow Farm in Windermere, newly acquired by the National Trust. It is well worth visiting, the guide gives a talk on the history of the house & its occupants, as a bonus, the garden was a carpet of snowdrops.
We had 3 very different garden visits this summer.
Sprint Mill was made especially interesting by having such an enthusiast as Edward Acland guiding us and explaining the development and plans for the garden over the years.
Jack Gott's dahlias in Milnthorpe were stunning. Despite an absolute DELUGE we all really enjoyed the visit, again guided by a real enthusiast AND medal winner!
Low Fell West at Crosthwaite is a true labour of love, we had a wonderful morning roaming around the garden guided by the owner, Barbie Handley.She then provided us with the most wonderful cakes!
We now look forward to a talk by Kevin Preston on Nov 11th.
Despite very mixed weather we have enjoyed, yet again, some gorgeous gardens.
Sadly, for the 2nd year running, we visited Park House at Barbon in terrible weather; such a shame after a spell of wonderful warm sunshine. Maybe we'll try for 3rd time lucky next year!
Boxwood House at Kirkby Stephen has just got our Gold Star award, not only a fabulous garden but even more, fabulous cakes! A good time was had by all.