Visits, Walks and Talks

Diaries out for our forthcoming eclectic mix of lectures and visits plus a practical workshop.
In February, CGT member John Edmondson promises to dispel the winter gloom with an illustrated talk about Historic Gardens of Ireland. Ireland’s mild climate encourages an astonishing range of unusual plants and trees.  John will talk about gardens big and small and focus on the diversity of garden design as well as the abundant plants within.

Everybody is talking about the new RHS Garden at Bridgewater, so we are delighted that curator Marcus Chilton-Jones will give our Annual Spring Lecture in March.  Join us at the Friends’ Meeting House in Manchester to hear Marcus talk about this exciting and prestigious project.  He promises an exclusive ‘warts an’ all’ look behind the scenes! 
With April comes our AGM.  This year we will be in the highly agreeable surroundings of the Tenants’ Hall at Henbury Hall.  Head gardener, Sean Barton, will take us on a tour of the beautiful gardens at Henbury before a light buffet supper.  This will be followed by the AGM itself.  Rest assured the business element is short. But it is an important part of our calendar and depends on our members’ presence.

In May: two events scheduled - a double treat.  First off - a visit to the Dorothy Clive Garden, probably best known for its woodland garden which should be at its best when we visit in mid-May, with fabulous displays of rhododendrons, azaleas, laburnums, alliums and other spring plants.
Do you think you know your trees?  Well, here’s a chance to sharpen your skills.  At our Tree Identification Workshop at the end of May, expert Jane Roberts will guide you and explain how to do just that. The workshop also offers a hands-on session to boost practical skills.

Could you lend a hand with CGT Events?
If you’d like to get more involved and help organise an event or even if you simply want to share your ideas we’d love to hear from you.  All help is appreciated from setting up chairs and tables, helping with the teas, or writing up an event for the Newsletter. 
We would particularly appreciate help with IT support at our lectures helping to set up laptops/projectors/microphones etc.  If you can help in this way, please do get in touch.

The Events Team

Thursday 26th April, 5pm - 8pm
Cheshire Gardens Trust AGM

Thursday 26<sup>th</sup> April, 5pm - 8pm<div style='margin: 5px 0px;'><span>Cheshire Gardens Trust AGM<span></div>

The Tenants' Hall, Henbury Hall, nr Macclesfield

The AGM is a key event for the Trust and it relies heavily on our members’ attendance. The business element is short, but it is an opportunity to find out what the Trust has achieved over the past year and to contribute to what we hope to realize in the future.

We start at 5pm with a guided tour of the gardens with Head Gardener Sean Barton. Set in an undulating landscape, and surrounding two magnificent lakes, the 12-acre gardens contain fine trees and shrubs including rare specimens of Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Camellias, and Azaleas.

The Walled Garden has recently been restored and is completely organic, growing fruit and vegetables for the house along with cutting flowers. Sean expects that ‘there will be plenty to see at the end of April’.

This will be our first garden visit of 2018 let’s hope the weather is kind but come prepared!

The tour will be followed by a light buffet supper in Henbury’s Tenants’ Hall during which you’ll have a chance to meet and socialise with fellow CGT members before the AGM. This year we will focus on our Conservation and Planning work something we feel many members might like to know more about.
The event will finish at about 8pm.
Cost: £12 member/£14 non-member/£10  students/under 30's
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Monday 14th May, 10.30 for 11am
A Visit to the Dorothy Clive Garden - A spectacular hillside garden in Shropshire

Monday 14<sup>th</sup> May, 10.30 for 11am<div style='margin: 5px 0px;'><span>A Visit to the Dorothy Clive Garden - A spectacular hillside garden in Shropshire<span></div>

near Willoughbridge, Market Drayton, TF9 4ET

The 12-acre Dorothy Clive Garden is set on the borders of Shropshire, North Staffordshire and Cheshire with spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. The garden was created in the 1940s by Colonel Harry Clive for the enjoyment and pleasure of his wife, Dorothy. Originally a disused gravel quarry, the garden was transformed by Clive into a woodland garden for Dorothy who was suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Colonel Clive’s ambition was to create a beautiful and fascinating garden where his ailing wife could enjoy her daily walks.

In addition, there is a hillside alpine scree and pool, a 30m long laburnum arch, a summer flowering rose walk, vibrant seasonal borders, a new edible woodland, and a diverse collection of unusual plants, shrubs and trees, including magnolias and camellias. There is seating with beautiful views, especially in the upper garden. A new development is the spectacular greenhouse which opened in June 2016.

Our guided tour of the garden with one of their expert gardeners starts at 11am. There is a lovely tea garden for tea/coffee before the tour or lunch afterwards. This is not included in the cost of the visit. There is some lovely seating in the grounds which you can use if you prefer to bring a packed lunch

Because of the tour we will be limiting numbers to 30 in the first instance, so book early.

Accessibility: The car park is at the bottom of the site and it will take time to get parked and walk up to the meeting point at the top of the site. Please note both the hillside garden and the woodland garden have steps and slopes which might prove difficult for someone with mobility problems. Also, many paths are grass and could be slippy when wet. There is a disabled car park in the upper part of the Garden and also a recommended route around the garden for those who might prefer it.
Cost: £10 member/£12 non-member/£8  students/under 30's
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Wednesday 30th May, 10am - 3pm
Specialist Tree Identification Workshop: All-day workshop with Jane Roberts, Botanist

Wednesday 30<sup>th</sup> May, 10am - 3pm<div style='margin: 5px 0px;'><span>Specialist Tree Identification Workshop:  All-day workshop with Jane Roberts, Botanist<span></div>

The Lovell Quinta Arboretum and The Swettenham Arms, Swettenham

Enjoy a day out at the Lovell Quinta Arboretum with professional botanist and tree-expert Jane Roberts and learn how to identify trees using a botanical key and a hand lens. The day begins at The Swettenham Arms with tea and coffee and an introduction by Jane on the use of various techniques in the field. Botanical keys will be used to identify species from their leaves, flowers and bark as well as from general characteristics. With your hand lens or magnifying glass the differences will soon become clear!

Jane will discuss actual specimens and then lead the walk in the Lovell Quinta Arboretum where we will have the chance to practise the techniques we have learnt.

If you have a tree identification book, a hand lens or magnifying glass, please bring them with you. Jane will have a limited number of hand lenses to share. It may also be helpful to bring a notebook and camera.

Please bring appropriate clothing and shoes. The arboretum can be wet and uneven underfoot.

Note that the £30 cost does not include the £2.20 entrance fee to the arboretum.  (There is free entry to the arboretum for Tatton Garden Society members and RHS members).  Please bring the correct money for Arboretum entrance.

Tea/coffee on arrival at 10am and in the afternoon (included). On arrival we will have menus available for you to pre-order lunch (cost not included). This will maximise the time we can spend with Jane.

NB.  Numbers are strictly limited to 12
Cost: /£30  All attendees.
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News Archive

April (4)
On 11th May & 6th July join Tatton Head Gardener in a Repton Walk
23rd May, 20th June & 4th July 'Repton Rides at Tatton'
A REMINDER 26th April - AGM & Head Gardener's Guided Walk at Henbury Hall
Look here for Repton 2018 Information and National Activities
February (1)
Don't miss the first Event of our Spring Season - The Heritage Gardens of Ireland
January (3)
Check the Events Tab to see our LATEST EVENTS LISTING for March to May
Hellebores Nursery - A timely reminder to visit
It's not too late to book for our Lecture on Helebores on Saturday 20th January
December (1)
RHS WISLEY Trees Petition Success but more work needed
November (2)
Members Meet-Up in Lancaster: 10.30-4pm, 1st December 2017
This Christmas, give a present to last a whole year
October (3)
Edward Kemp Symposium on 18 Oct at The Palace Room, Floral Pavillion, New Brighton
Learn about 'The 1737 New Cut of the River Dee' on 18th Nov
Results from Kemp's Anniversary Year Walks around Cheshire Parks
September (4)
CGT's Conservation & Planning Group act to protect parkland registered Grade II
Look at the Events Tab for CGT's Autumn/Winter Programme
The Woodland Trust say 'the biggest single threat from development to ancient woodland is HS2'
Book now for 2017/18 Leisure Courses at Reaseheath College
August (2)
500 Wisley trees under threat from A3 road widening proposals
New Photographs of Summer Events in our Gallery
July (1)
All Summer Events now fully booked
June (2)
Double Rosettes for CGT at the Royal Cheshire County Show
Final Summer Events - 15th July Fully Booked but still time to book for 16th August visit
May (3)
Dibleys' 28th Chelsea Gold
Make a Note/Lend a Hand - Cheshire Show Dates for your June Diary
Check your Post Now for our latest Events Mailing
April (1)
POSTPONEMENT of Fern Workshop at Henbury Hall
March (2)
Hot Off the Press! Kemp - CGT's Second Publication is available Now
Important Diary Date: CGT AGM on 27 April
February (4)
Kemp Walks in Cheshire Parks during 2017
Lecture Sat 18 March - Celebrating Edward Kemp Bicentenary
Reminder:- St Petersburg Lecture Sat 11 Feb
2015 Newsletters now added to the archive
November (2)
Memorial Service: Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor
Caldwell-Still Growing
October (2)
CGT phone number
Lottery Funding Secures Future of P&G UK Database
September (2)
CB 2016 Textile Trail exhibition
CGT Visit to Sweden in September 2016
August (1)
CGT visit to Somerford Garden raises £136.00 for the NGS
July (3)
CGT Member Mary Moxon in medal award at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show 2016
Donation to St Luke's Hospice
2016 Summer Fundraiser Success
June (5)
CGT at the Royal Cheshire Show and the Arley Garden Festival
Event on Wednesday 15th June is cancelled
Magnolia "Elizabeth" progress report
Places for Sweden Garden Tour 2016
Summer Social Event 4th June 2016
May (3)
Thanks to volunteers at the AGM
RHS Garden Bridgewater
Summer BBQ and Fundraiser
April (7)
Rhododendron Workshop 12th May
TGT Conference, 1-4 September
The Hyning, Lancs.
Sweden Garden Tour 2016 Update No 3
CGT AGM 14th April at Tabley House
2016 Cheshire Plant Fairs
CGT New Web Site
March (3)
Caldwell Book Published February 2016
New Home for King Canute
December (1)
Lord Ashbrook's 80th Birthday
November (1)
New RHS Garden
July (1)
CGTs & GHS: Latest merger news

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