Programme 2014

The Hardy Plant Society North West Group
Meetings 2014

Meetings are at 7:15 pm for 7:45 pm at Samlesbury War Memorial Hall unless otherwise stated.
Directions to Samlesbury War Memorial Hall, Cuerdale Lane, PR5 0UY        Map

From the M6 exit at junction 31, take the A 59 for Clitheroe.

After about 1 mile, move into right hand lane of dual carriageway. At first roundabout (by the Salmesbury Hotel, formerly called the Swallow Hotel - a white building on the left - and a filling station on the other side) double back onto A59 and immediately take left turn just past filling station onto B6230 Walton-le-Dale (Cuerdale Lane).

The venue is the first building on the right.

Note: not to be confused with Samlesbury Hall, which is further along the A677.
2014 Lecture Programme
20 January, 2014 AGM, Hot pot supper, Book sale and Quiz
17th February, 2014 'The Story of the Rose'
Elaine Taylor
The legends and heroes which have told its colourful story, from medieval chivalry, the wars of the roses and Napoleon’s Josephine to Vita Sackville-West.
17th March, 2014

'The Restoration of the Nursery at Halecat'
Tom Attwood
Plants for sale

28th April, 2014

'Harlow Carr and my thoughts for the next ten years'
Paul Cook (Curator, RHS Garden, Harlow Carr)

19th May, 2014

'Fungi, Friend or foe'
Dr Irene Ridge

22nd September, 2014

'Unusual varieties of hardy plants'
Bob Sanderson (Cath's Garden Plants)

20th October, 2014

Gardeners' Question Time
Panel: Diane Harrison, Phil Dunnett. Moe Sawyer

17th November, 2014 'Modern roses: aspects of cultivation'
Tony Bracegirdle
15th December, 2014
Christmas decorations with Tilly Dagnall (see photo opposite) followed by Jacob's join supper


2014 Garden Visits

Monday 30th June, 20147pm

Evening visit to Clearbeck House, Higher Tatham, Lancaster LA2 8PJ. Tickets £5 (inc. tea or coffee and biscuits) at April lecture, or bookings via Erica.

Wednesday 30th July, 2014 2pm

Afternoon visit to Becconsall, Tarleton, Preston PR4 6JL. Tickets £5 (inc. tea or coffee and biscuits) at April lecture, or bookings via Erica.


Coach Trip
Thursday 10th July, 2014
Cholmondeley Castle Garden
Please return booking form (in Spring Newsletter) to Erica by 30 June


Plant Sales
4th & 5th May, 2014 10am-4pm
Bridge House, Bradshaw, Bolton
24th & 25th August, 2014
Bridge House, Bradshaw, Bolton


14-17th August 2014

Southport Flower Show
We will be exhibiting in the Amateur Societies marquee


Celebrity Lecture 2015
16th February, 2015
At Samlesbury WMH

'So many plants, so little space'
Bob Brown (Cotswold Garden Flowers)


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Bressingham, The Dell Garden

Trollius chinensis 'Orange Princess'

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Nanum'

Tilly Dagnall charmed us all with her demonstration of Christmas decorations.