Success at RHS Tatton!

July 31, 2019
What a remarkable 5 days the Society had at RHS Tatton this year.  Our garden "The Constant Food Garden" attracted a huge amount of interest.  We talked to so many interesting people about the nature of the garden and people shared their desires and passions for growing their own food.  The key theme of the garden was that a wide range of fruit and  vegetables can be grown in a 3 x 3 metre plot making it a feasible project even for a small urban garden.  All the selected fruit and vegetables were perennial rather than annual thus alleviating the need to sow every year.  With careful management of the soil the plants will continue to crop year on year.

We cannot talk about The Constant Food Garden without giving a huge 'thank you' to our sponsors this year - Cronton Nursery and Garden Centre - who made all this possible.

Congratulations are also due to Saint Peter and Paul Catholic College for their success in the School's Gardens.  They were 'Highly Commended' and excitingly their garden was featured for a few moments on BBC2 Gardeners World 20 July.  Well done team!  What a remarkable achievement.  

See photos in our Photo Gallery/RHS Tatton 2019 page
 

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2019

July 19, 2019
After researching, sowing, growing, lifting, transporting and planting we are finally at RHS Tatton Flower Show 2019.  There are tired backs and sore hands but the Society's Constant Food Garden is now a reality.   There has been a remarkable level of interest on the first day in the concept of a perennial vegetable garden.  Plants we have included are provided in our Photo Gallery/ RHS Tatton Photo Gallery page.

The show will be open until 5pm Sunday 21 July so try to get along and see our ga...
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Are you Ready for Our Annual Show 2019?

June 23, 2019
We have had a great deal of rain and now some sunshine so officially for gardeners and growers Summer is here.  The weather brings opportunity to sow, grow and then show in September. Our Show does not limit you to fruit , flowers and vegetables because we offer you many other categories.  So for the creative and culinary experts out there, there are categories available for you too.  See our Show Schedule on the Events/ Annual Show page for more details.  We really want to break records this...
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Spinney Avenue C of E School, Widnes Update

June 23, 2019
Society members are continuing to assist the School with their gardens.  The children have been delighted to find that things do grow in their garden.  The School Council, which is made up students from Years 2  - 6, had the pleasure of picking the produce.  The broad beans and potatoes were given to the school kitchen, who were delighted with them and the peas were divided between the classes for a taste.  There are still many peas and broad beans to pick, so a good harvest for the first yea...
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The Society Visit to The National Trust's Bodnant Gardens, Conwy

June 23, 2019
The Society visited Bodnant Gardens this week.  After all the days of heavy rain, the sun shone and the gardens were glorious.The garden design and the planting are outstanding and rewarded us with herbaceous beds packed with texture, scent and riotous colour, all against the backdrop of the beautiful Conwy Hills.  Bodnant never disappoints - it was fabulous!
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Our Show Garden at RHS Tatton

May 5, 2019
We can now confirm that we are taking a show garden to RHS Tatton in July 2019.  The title is "The Constant Food Garden'. The ethos is a sustainable, perennial vegetable garden that anyone can grow.  It is an exciting opportunity for the Society to have a presence at such a prestigious event.  The Society will be generously sponsored by Cronton Garden Centre for this event. If you wish to get involved please contact us via our email address or speak to a committee member.
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Vist to RHS Harlow Carr

May 5, 2019
The Society had a wonderful trip to RHS Harlow Carr this week.  The weather was kind to us and the rain held off.

The gardens are beautiful, see photographs in our Gallery, particularly the tulips this year. As we were east of the Pennines the planting still had an early spring look to it, but the potential for a magnificent show as the weather warms was clearly apparent. 
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Melanie Lathom of Holly Cottage Preserves

April 16, 2019
Melanie gave us a very entertaining demonstration of preparation of preserves at our Social Event on 11 April.  The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Melanie has kindly agreed to join us at our Annual show on 8th September where she will be selling her delicious jams, chutneys, and marmalades.
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Whitegate Daffodil Walk

April 1, 2019
Members spent a very enjoyable morning at the Whitegate Farm Daffodil Walk on 30 March. Followed by an excellent lunch at the Plough Inn Whitegate.
All funds raised at the walks event goes to Macmillan Cancer Support.  To date the event has raised more than £57,000 since 2007.
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Schools Update

April 1, 2019
March has been a busy month for the schools our members are working with.  We have helped by planting over 200 trees in conjunction with Mersey Forest at Spinney Avenue Primary School and with the Woodland Trust at Saint Peter and Paul's College.
At Spinney Avenue we have continued to clear the raised beds and plant vegetables.
Saint Peter and Paul pupils completed a model of their garden for RHS Tatton this summer.  They successfully presented the model to RHS and other competing schools at th...
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