Programme 2017

The Hardy Plant Society North West Group
Meetings 2017

Meetings are at 7:15 pm for 7:30 pm at Samlesbury War Memorial Hall unless otherwise stated.

Directions to Samlesbury War Memorial Hall, Cuerdale Lane, PR5 0UY        Map         Google 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.


2017 Lecture Programme
16th January, 2017 AGM and free hot pot supper
20th February, 2017 ‘Transforming Bluebell Cottage Gardens'
Sue Beesley (Bluebell Cottage Gardens)
2oth March, 2017 Gordon Baillie,
Head Gardener – Arley Hall, Cheshire
'A garden for all seasons' with a behind the scenes look at the workings of Arley Hall gardens
10th April, 2017 ‘A Lancashire garden’
Peter Cordall
15th May, 2017 ‘Hardy, unusual but obtainable plants’
Kevin Pratt
18th September, 2017 John Foley from Holden Clough Nurseries
16th October, 2017 ‘Herbaceous Hall of Fame: Digitalis, Hellebores, Poppies, Aquilegias and Geraniums'
Jane Allison, Mayfield Plants
20th November, 2017 ‘A Hardy Planter's Winter Survival Kit’
Don Witton, Sheffield (Plant Heritage National Collection Holder of Euphorbia)
11th December, 2017 Xmas Jacob’s Join and Flower Demonstration with Alan Foxall


2017 Summer garden visits
Saturday, 20th May, 2017
Coach trip to Ness Gardens, Wirral. Coach leaves Samlesbury War Memorial Hall at 09:45, return for 17:00. Pay own entrance. Bring picnic or eat lunch in the cafe.Coach free for members; £5 non-members. Guided tour included.
Monday, 19th June, 2017
Evening visit to four gardens at Warton, North of Carnforth; starting at 111 Main Street. Own transport. Arrive 18:00-18:30. Light refreshments. Cost £6.
Saturday, 15th July
HPS 60th Birthday Party at Chris Mortimer's Home, Mill Barn, Samlesbury
7th October, 2017
Coach trip to Holehird Gardens, Windermere. Coach leaves Samlesbury War Memorial Hall at 09:45.


2017 Shows
29-30 July, 2017 Chorley Flower Show, Astley Park, Chorley
17-20 August, 2017 Southport Flower Show


2017 Plant Sales
Sunday, 30th April & Monday 1st May
1-5pm each day
Open Gardens Day and HPS Plant Sale
Bridge House, Bolton Road, Bradshaw, Bolton BL2 3EU
Tba Autumn Plant Sale
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