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Programme 2021 & Venue

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 just past filling station turn left at the at the traffic lights onto B6230 signposted 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.

Programme 2021

Monday 18 January 2021, 7:15 for 7:30pm (ZOOM) Richard Hodson, 'Clematis for the summer garden'
This will include planting, pruning and tips for propagation.

Galanthus 'Sprite' © Anne Repnow

Hepatica 'Millstream Merlin'

Lilium martagon 'Arabian Knight'

Monday 15 February 2021, 7:15 for 7:30pm (ZOOM) 'AGM & Quiz'
There will also be a free raffle prize

Monday 15 March 2021, 7:15 for 7:30pm (ZOOM) Michael Myers, 'Pruning and training'
Monday 19 April 2021, 7:15 for 7:30pm (ZOOM) Tracey Foster, 'Designer tips for the garden'
Monday 17 May 2021, 7:15 for 7:30pm (ZOOM)
Julie Ritchie, Hoo House Nursery, Tewkesbury 'Colour Combinations'
Monday 21 June 2921, 7:15 for 7:30pm (ZOOM)

Dr Catherine Horwood, 'The Beth Chatto Gardens'
Summer Garden visits  
Monday 24 May 2021 (evening) Mill Barn, Samlesbury
Chris Mortimer has kindly agreed to open his garden to NW Group members in aid of NGS. Please book via Mary. 
Sunday 23 May 2021 12-5pm
Sunday 13 June 2021 12-5pm
Sunday 4 July 2021 2-5pm
NGS events at Jacqui Iddon's garden, Hazelwood, Bretherton.
Admission £3.50. You can prebook on line at garden reference “Hazelwood” or pay at the gate. There will also be plants for sale and cards made by Tilly.

In addition, the garden is open every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon 1-5pm ( £3.50)
Sunday 20 June, 1-4 pm Celebration of 20 years in the Garden at Hazelwood,
On arrival you will be greeted with a complimentary glass of Pimm’s to enjoy on your exploration of the 1.5 acre garden which includes a veg patch, wildlife pond, art gallery and much more!
Tea, coffee and homemade scones with cream and strawberries will also be served

Tickets limited to 30. Cost £10 per person in advance
To book please call 01772 601433 or 07802 238624  

Monday 12 July 2021, 6pm


Giles Farm (Kirsten and Phil Brown)

The garden is “nestled on the side of Longridge Fell". Cost £6.00 includes refreshments. There is plenty of parking. Please book via Mary.

Details of how to get there can be found on trhe NGS (Yellow Book) website:

Sunday, 22 August 2021, 11am-3pm Wellbeing Hub Open Day at Samlesbury Hall, Preston PR5 0UP  Postponed

Due to heavy rain conditions expected on Sunday 22 August 2021 the Samlesbury Hall Management Team have decided to postpone this event. They hope to arrange a new date and get in touch again as soon as possible. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Autumn talks  
Monday, 20 September 2021, 7 for 7:30pm at Samlesbury War Memorial Hall Jacqui Iddon, ‘Fabulous Foliage and Fantastic Flowers’

Plants will be for sale from Hazelwood
Monday,18 October 2021, 7 for 7:30pm at Samlesbury War Memorial Hall 'Gardeners' Question Time', with:

--Michael Cookson from Newgate Nurseries,
--our own member Dr Chris Mortimer, and ,
--Michelle Unsworth from SO Plants, Little Town Farm, Thornley

Monday 15 November 2021, 7 for 7:30pm at Samlesbury War Memorial Hall

'Bulbs', Matthew Smith
Monday 13 December 2021, 7 for 7:30pm at Samlesbury War Memorial Hall

'Christmas from the garden', Jacqueline Iddon

HPS Galanthus Group Zoom Talk

Saturday 6 February 2021 at 6pm (via Zoom)
Anne Repnow, an outstanding speaker from Heidelberg, will give a talk on 'Snowdrops'.
Mary will be e-mailing details about the Zoom link for this event.
Cost £4 to HPS members. Free to members of the HPS Galanthus Group.
Annual membership (via Galanthus Group Membership secretary) costs £5 (£6 for a couple).

Anne's book is available from


BBC Radio 4 programmes noted during lockdown

Topic Further Details
'Snowdrop Country' If you missed this broadcast on 14 Jan 2021, you may be able to catch it at:
BBC Radio 4 - Open Country, Snowdrop Country
'Alan Street has spent his life discovering snowdrops. But now people pay hundreds of pounds for a single rare bulb. We follow Alan as he names and propagates his new species.' (Duration ~ 30 minutes.) Alan is also featured in the RHS Garden magazine, January 2021, pp. 40-41.
'Floristry and Flower Farm' With presenter Verity Sharpe and Georgie Newbery of Common Farm Flowers, Somerset, 14 Feb 2021. (Duration 22 minutes.)
'The Late Devonian Extinction' 11 March 2021 In our Time Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the disappearance of up to 70 per cent of species roughly 370 million years ago at the end of The Age of Fishes, and the range of possible causes. (Duration 49 minutes.)

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