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Newsletter May 2018

  Hardy Plant Society North West Group
  Newsletter May 2018


First of all apologies for this much abbreviated news letter. You will all understand the circumstances. We hope to have the usual full colour spectacular newsletter up and ready for the autumn.

May I welcome our new members:

Hilda Harkins and Beverley Weir from Walton -le-dale.

Michael and Elizabeth Giles from Claughton-on-Brock.

You are all very welcome. Our new and recent members wear badges with a green spot so they can be identified. Please help them to make friends and enjoy our meetings.




We are obliged under the new Data Protection Laws to inform all members that we keep electronic records of the details you provide when you joined HPS. The documents outlining the new regulations are available to view on our website. We will assume your assent to us holding these records unless we hear to the contrary. If you do not consent please contact our membership secretary Mary Bishop. We will not be able to send you important e-mails without your consent.

Work is continuing on the gardens at Samlesbury Hall where the HPS maintains two borders. Both are looking splendid thanks to the work of our dedicated volunteers. Special thanks to Mary Bishop who has taken on the lead role from Audrey, and her team: Gae, Sylvie, Erica, Irene, Hilda, Malcolm and Chris.The team meets alternate Thursday mornings and would welcome new volunteers. Contact Mary if you would like to help.

Forthcoming Events

Visit to Jackie Iddon’s garden on Monday evening June 25th. 6 for 6.30. Hazelwood, North Road, Bretherton PR26 9AY, between Southport and Preston. From the A59 take B5247 for 1mile then left on to B5248 . Garden is signed from North Road. See her web site or the Yellow book. Refreshments provided. £6 for members. Sign the list at the back of the hall.

Trentham gardens
Saturday 8th September. Free coach for members. Admission fee payable. See list at the back of the hall.

Sept 17th Evening meeting
“ Developing Hare Spring Nursery” Stella Exley.






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After our success at last year’s flower show where we won a gold award, a dedicated team are again putting on a display at Chorley Flower show, which is on the 28th and 29th of July at Astley Park, Chorley. Please support us by attending the show, now in its third year. It is proving very successful and gets bigger and better each year. There is free parking at Botany Bay, just off the M61 with free shuttle buses to take you to the show ground. If you are able to help with stewarding our stand at the show please sign up on the list on the back table. Stewards will get a free entry ticket. You will cover a 2 hour shift. HPS logo poloshirts are available to wear as stewards. As we will not be exhibiting at Southport Flower show this year this will be your only chance to see what we can do. Most of the plants we will be using in the display are grown by our members, not bought in.

Apologies to anyone who has submitted material expecting it to go into the spring newsletter. The material has been saved and will go in the Autumn newsletter



Thanks to Louise Edge for stepping into the breach due to Audrey’s illness and offering to be secretary and help prepare the next newsletter.

Officers are:

  • Chairman: Delphine Price 01257 480549
  • Secretary: Louise Edge
    0774 8915985 (to be coopted)
  • Treasurer: Philip Garside 01772 701717
  • Membership: Mary Bishop
    01204 494525.
Rest of the committee:
  • Speakers: Glenda Ostick and Kath Moore
  • Website: John Wilkinson
  • Badges: Freda Hindle
  • Assistant treasurer and vice chair: Irene Ridge
  • Refreshments: Kath Moore




Last year's display