Poynton Home Gardeners' Club   .

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We meet at the Royal British Legion Club, Georges Rd West, Poynton, SK12 1JY at 7.15pm on the second

Thursday of every month (except August). We are a friendly group of people who enjoy our gardens.

We try to make the meetings interesting & fun, with a wide variety of speakers and topics.

Everyone welcome, so please come along one evening and join us! Every month we hold a raffle, plant sales etc.

Annual Membership £10.   Visitors £2

Visitors are always welcome

 

Welcome to our World of Gardening

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At the April Meeting on the 14th, we welcomed back George Pilkington of Nurturing Nature, as our guest speaker. He lead a discussion/demonstration session entitled “Feeding Wild Garden Birds”. The enjoyable talk and was levened with humour, and the members participated actively with many relevent questions.

 

In a very informative session, he explained about the foods that benefit our garden birds, and those that are less beneficial, and even harmful. There are a lot of products on sale that profess to be designed for "garden birds", yet are composed of cheap materials of little if any nutritional value.

 

There are lots of things to consider, but using Black Sunflower seeds, Nyjer seeds and mealworms (pre-soaked) are considered among the best choices for feeding. The type of feeder that you use is important too. An important point is that the material needs to be stainless, as the cheaper versions are subject to corrosion, and can contaminate the feed. Squirrels are a nuisance on badly designed feeders, and we got some good advice on the best choices to make.

 

http://nurturing-nature.co.uk/ is the website of this well known ecology expert. It is well worth a look, as it contains much valuable information about wildlife and nature.

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Our Speaker at the May Meeting on the 12th was Kevin Pratt with a  talk  entitled "A Plantsman's Garden".  Kevin is another returning speaker whose talks we have enjoyed in the past. He owns a small private nursery called Village Plants, in Hazel Grove.

 

Kevin has a wide range of unusual plants in his garden, many of which are for sale. Among them are 35 different Fritillaria and many varieties of hardy poppies. He was most entertaining with his enthusiastic style showing his passion for uncommon plants. He also demonstrated an impressively deep understanding of the subject.

 

This is his website which explains how to find the nursery

and includes a great deal of interesting information.

 

 

The link takes you to a few pictures of the beautiful gardens of Bodnant nr Conwy, taken over Mayday 2016 bank holiday weekend.

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June Activities

Coach trip on June 5th we have a club outing to the 18th century National Trust property, Erddig Hall. This fine house and grounds, near Wrexham,  promises a fascinating day out. The house features gardens that have been beautifully restored.

 

If you want to join us, tickets are available from Elaine on 01625 871603,

and will be £20 each or just £10 for National Trust members.  

The coach will leave from the Civic Hall car park, at 9:00

The regular meeting on June 9th will feature guest speaker Katie Lowe of the Orchard Network, with a talk entitled "The Orchard Network and Fruit Trees". A quick scan of the website http://www.orchardnetwork.org.uk/ shows that we can expect an interesting and informative session.

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The link shows pictures of the gardens of Lyme Park. They were taken 11/05/2016, a little early in the year to see them at their best.

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Click on the above link(s) to go to a "Flickr" page. From there you can scroll through the pictures, or click the slideshow icon                 (near the top right)

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The link shows pictures of the gardens of Quarry Bank Mill. Taken 23/05/2016, the rhododendrons are magnificent just now. The picture below right is a beautiful walk through spectacular rhododendrons with brilliant colours.  

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