Visits, Walks and Talks

        Say goodbye to the winter blues - Events February-May 2017
If you’re feeling blue in the post-Christmas period and you need something to brighten your days, then you need look no further than our exciting mixture of talks, walks and visits. A treat for all the senses.
In February Ed Bennis is back. He can always enliven us with his talks but this time it’s something extra special with excess Russian bling in the gardens and palaces of St Petersburg. And it’s at the lovely new venue at The Lion Salt Works.
In March we’re off to Chester. You may have thought that Capability Brown was the only garden designer with a centenary but you’d be wrong. We are celebrating Edward Kemp’s bicentenary in 2017.  He was Superintendent of Birkenhead Park, the world’s first publicly funded park, and a leading 19th century designer of parks and gardens.
In April we have our AGM at Norton Priory. This is always a delight and this year it provides us with an opportunity to visit the Undercroft and redesigned museum.
In May we’re travelling to North Wales for something a little different. We visit a lot of gardens but sometimes neglect our nurseries, so we’ll be visiting Dibleys specialist nursery in Ruthin.

Saturday 18th March, 10am
Spring Lecture: Celebrating Edward Kemp (1817-1891) Bicentenary

St Mary's Centre, St Mary's Hill, Chester, CH1 2DW


Edward Kemp was Superintendent of Birkenhead Park, the world’s first publicly funded park, and a leading 19th century designer of parks and gardens. Many of his commissions were in the North West. He wrote 'How to Lay Out a Small Garden' which ran to three editions.
Elizabeth Davey, local historian, will give a talk 'Celebrating a bicentenary - Edward Kemp - Landscape Gardener - an Overview.' After tea/coffee, Cheshire Gardens Trust research and recorders will present Cheshire’s Kemp Collection, focusing on how much the aspirational designs illustrated in Kemp’s book became a reality in Cheshire.
The event will finish by 12.15pm, allowing attendees to make their own arrangements for lunch.  There are many choices of places to eat in Chester.
Walk In the afternoon there will be a walk round some of Kemp’s Cheshire commissions. Meet at the Chester side of the Queen’s Park suspension bridge at 2pm. The walk will conclude in Grosvenor Park at about 3.45pm.
Please indicate on the booking form whether you intend to join the walk for which a donation may be made on the day. There will be the opportunity to enjoy tea in the lodge caf? after the walk but this is not included in the cost.
Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the walk which will include some paths with moderate gradients, about 1mile in all.
Cost: £7.00 member/£9.00 non-member
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Thursday 27th April
Cheshire Gardens Trust AGM

Thursday 27<sup>th</sup> April<div style='margin: 5px 0px;'><span>Cheshire Gardens Trust AGM<span></div>

Norton Priory

This year's AGM will be held at Norton Priory and will give a wonderful opportunity to view the medieval Undercroft and the re-designed museum. The event starts at 5pm for viewing of the Undercroft and Museum, buffet supper at 6pm followed by a talk on the development at Norton Priory and then AGM at 7pm.

The Augustinian Priory of St Mary was founded in 1115 by the Baron of Halton and moved from Runcorn to Norton in 1134. In 1391 it became an abbey and continued as such until 1536 when the Dissolution of the Monasteries brought religious life at Norton to an end. The estate was purchased by Sir Richard Brooke in 1545 and remained the family home until 1928 when the eighteenth century Georgian mansion built by Sir Richard Brooke, the 4th Baronet, was eventually demolished, with the exception of the medieval Undercroft which was left intact.
In 1971 the Runcorn Development Corporation started archaeological excavations within the forty-two acre site which culminated in the opening of the Priory as a museum.
The site of the Priory, together with the Victorian Walled Garden, is  now administered by the Norton Priory Museum Trust. Following HLF funding the museum has been redesigned and re-opened in 2016.
NB There will be no access to the Walled Garden during the AGM.

Cost: £14.00 member/£16.00 non-member
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Tuesday 2nd May, 10am
PTERIDOMANIA - A Fern Day Out - POSTPONED 05.04.2017

Tuesday 2<sup>nd</sup> May, 10am<div style='margin: 5px 0px;'><span>PTERIDOMANIA - A Fern Day Out - POSTPONED 05.04.2017<span></div>

Henbury Hall,Macclesfield, Cheshire. SK11 9PJ

Due to unforeseen circumstances it has been necessary to postpone the Fern Workshop at Henbury Hall.  It is hoped that it can be re-scheduled for the autumn.  If this is the case, new application forms will be sent out with the late summer events mailing. The content will remain the same and we look forward to a very interesting and informative day out with experts in the field of Pteridology.
CGT apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Henbury Hall is pleased to host its first specialist workshop in conjunction with the Cheshire Gardens Trust.

The day will focus on Ferns and their role in the garden.

Sean Barton, Head Gardener at Henbury, and a long standing member of the British Pteridological Society   ( BPS ) will lead the day. He will be assisted by Dr Yvonne Golding of the British Pteridological Society.

The day will include lectures, practical demonstrations, guided walks around the Henbury garden and the chance to view the fern collection in the Henbury glasshouses which is not normally open to the public.

Also included will be a delicious light lunch prepared by the Henbury cook using organic produce from the Henbury gardens and including a glass of wine.

Please bring appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather on the day.
Cost: £80.00 member/£80.00 non-member
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Wednesday 10th May, 11.00
Dibley's Nurseries Tour

Wednesday 10<sup>th</sup> May, 11.00<div style='margin: 5px 0px;'><span>Dibley's Nurseries Tour<span></div>

Llanelidan, Ruthin, North Wales

Dibley’s is a working nursery specializing in streptocarpus, coleus, begonias and other house plants. It is a commercial enterprise covering 3/4 acre of glasshouses. Rex Dibley, the owner, will take CGT members on a tour of the nursery, including the  propagation house which is not normally open to the public, thus giving us the opportunity to see how modern glasshouse technology works. Dibley’s hold the National Collection of Streptocarpus, are one of the RHS Partner Gardens and are winners of 27 RHS Chelsea Gold Medals to date.
A 10 acre arboretum with a number of rare and unusual trees and shrubs (including rhododendrons, magnolias, cherries and camellias) is continually being developed.
There is a drinks machine, to purchase drinks, but no other form of refreshments, so bring your own picnic to eat in the garden where there are a number of seats with delightful views across the valley. The nursery has a shop where house plants and horticultural sundries can be purchased.

Cost: £8.00 member/£10.00 non-member/£7.00  Students
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