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Gardens (Friday)

Meeting Details

Meeting Day3rd Friday
Time10.00 - 12.00
LocationVarious/ Castle Street Centre
Co-ordinator(s)Kath Edwards and Elaine Boothman

What we do

Our group comprises members with an interest in plants, gardens and gardening. We meet at each others homes over the winter months with visits to gardens of interest in the spring / summer. We learn from each other, discuss topics of interest and swap plants / seeds / produce etc.

With 20 members the group is currently full.


July 2017

Our group has had active and varied Spring events in 2017, with talks on the problems of gardening in shady, rocky and boggy areas; a visit to Rydal Mount and Rydal Hall Gardens; a garden visit to Long Howe Cottage in Underbarrow; a garden visit to Boars Rock garden in Crook. We visited Holehird garden with an insider’s view of the Propagation house and greenhouses, and the (new for 2017) Display House. August will be our AGM with a progressive tour of members’ gardens in Kendal.

We have lots of exciting things planned for the next few months. These include:

September 22nd A visit to Conishead Priory

October 20th An expert guided tour of Sizergh, with Acers being of particular interest.

November 17th Meeting at Castle Street, with a presentation/quiz by our members on problems and identification of weeds in a Cumbrian Garden.

December 15th Using foliage from our gardens to make Christmas decorations, with a Jacob’s Join. To be held in Crosthwaite Village hall.

Our group is full at the moment, but we are operating a waiting list for new members.

March 2017

Our first meeting for 2017 in January took the form of a video tour of the Crosthwaite Garden ramble 2016. This was a substitute for what had been advertised, as our speakers who were to have given a talk on Gardening with Mosses and Ferns, were taken ill quite suddenly. We may attempt this again at a later date in the year.

Our February meeting on Alpine Gardening - Wood or Rock was very informative and gave our members an insight into the problems of Lake District gardening - wet, rocky terrain and little sun!

Before going to press our March meeting will be a film about the History of Gardening –The Edwardian Period, and in April we will have visited the Rydal Mount and Rydal Hall Gardens.

19 May - Garden visit to Long Howe Cottage in Underbarrow where we hope the rhododendrons and azaleas will be in flower.

16 Jun - Garden visit to Boar’s Rock garden in Crook

15 Jul - Visit to Holehird to look at the propagation greenhouses and see how the new Display House has been developed.

18 Aug - AGM and plant swopping day at member’s garden.

Our group is full at the moment, but we are operating a waiting list for new members

November 2016

Our garden visits have been very varied and very good over the last four months.  In Sept. we had a ‘day out’ to Armathwaite to a Flower Arrangers Garden, where 3 of our members went home with a flower arrangement, followed by a visit to Larch Cottage Gardens.

We finish the year with Lunch at Kendal Golf Club when Veronica and Cheryl pass their ‘badges’ to our two new co-ordinators. 

We’ve enjoyed our 3 years and give our best wishes to Kath and Elaine.

20 Jan – David Kinsman – Gardening with Ferns & Mosses – at Castle St.
Open to the other Garden Groups

17 Feb - Alan Oatway – Alpine Gardening – Wood or Rock – Castle St.
Open to the other Garden Groups

17 Mar -  Visit to Summerdale House, Lupton

21 Apr -  Visit to Rydal Mount with a guided tour

This group is fully subscribed at the moment – if you wish to put your name on the waiting list please contact Kath or Elaine

August 2016

We have been to a lovely selection of gardens this spring/summer including a return visit to a Windermere garden and an immaculate garden in Levens looked after by a husband and wife team. We are looking forward to our Jacob’s Join and AGM in August.  We are full at present.

16 Sep – Day out visiting a garden in Armathwaite and then Larch Cottage Gardens

21 Oct – Visiting a garden in Kendal

18 Nov – Meeting at Castle St.-‘Enjoying any Garden’ in pictures

9 Dec – TBA

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