Visits, Walks and Talks

Variety is the Spice of Life .....

....and we think there is something for everyone in our diverse Autumn/Winter Programme from October 2017 to January 2018
Interested in plant pests and diseases and what we can do about them?  Then come along to our Biosecurity lecture in October.  Two speakers from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) will talk about plant health in the UK, the challenges we face, and how to deal with those challenges.
Garden historians and lovers of landscape design will want to attend our November lecture on William Nesfield, one of the best-known, most successful and sought-after British garden designers in mid-nineteenth century. Our speaker is Nesfield expert and CGT member Dr Shirley Evans.  She will talk about Nesfield’s Cheshire commissions as well as those further afield.
Love it or loathe it, Christmas is on its way - and making your own Christmas wreath will help get you into the festive spirit.  Henbury Hall’s head gardener Sean Barton will demonstrate how.  Participants will then have a go at making their own wreaths to take home, using natural materials and foliage from the Henbury Estate. Wreaths also make a great present for friends and neighbours.
For the plantaholics amongst us, we kick off 2018 with an illustrated talk on hellebores.  One of the joys of January (and let’s face it, there aren’t many) is the prospect of these welcome flowers brightening up the winter garden.  Mike Byfield’s Staffordshire Nursery specialises in hellebores. A very experienced and knowledgeable plant breeder and speaker, Mike will entertain and inform us about this much-loved species.

Everybody is talking about the new RHS Garden at Bridgewater.  We are delighted that Curator Marcus Chilton-Jones has agreed to talk about the project at the Friends Meeting House in Manchester next March.  More details in our next mailing.

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.  Please do get in touch.
Finally, don’t forget to take a look at the CGT website where you can review past events and look forward to future ones.

The Events Team


Saturday 18th November, 10.30 for 11am
William Andrews Nesfield: Victorian garden designer extraordinaire Lecture by Dr Shirley Rose Evans

Saturday 18<sup>th</sup> November, 10.30 for 11am<div style='margin: 5px 0px;'><span>William Andrews Nesfield: Victorian garden designer extraordinaire Lecture by Dr Shirley Rose Evans<span></div>

Venue: Marthall Hall, Sandlebridge Lane, Marthall nr Chelford, Knutsford WA16 7SB

William Andrews Nesfield (1794-1881) was one of the most sought after landscape designers in the country in the mid 19th century, specialising in formal designs, terraces and parterres. Born in County Durham he joined the army and served under Wellington in Spain before travelling to Canada.  He retired in 1816 and made a career as a watercolour painter, before becoming a professional landscape architect, with the encouragement of his brother-in-law Anthony Salvin. During his career he undertook 259 commissions, some with his sons William Eden and Arthur Markham Nesfield.
Photo:  Regents Park, London

Dr Shirley Rose Evans, our speaker, taught for many years in Shropshire before moving back to the area from Cornwall. The Nesfields have been the subject of her research for many years and she has written and spoken about them extensively, including a book 'Masters of their Craft: The Art, Architecture and Garden design of the Nesfields', published in 2014.

Shirley will talk about William Andrews Nesfield’s early life, education, the army and watercolour careers. She will then go on to talk about his Cheshire commitments, including Crewe Hall and Rode Hall, before finishing with a group of commissions that are still extant and which can be visited i.e. Kew, Regents Park, Holkham, Witley Court and Bodryddan and 'the one that got away' Buckingham Palace

 An incredible story and very timely since William Andrews Nesfield was involved in the development of New Hall Gardens, now the site of the forthcoming RHS garden, Bridgewater, in Salford. Shirley Evans was involved in some of the research connected with the site.  In addition, we are pleased that Shirley has recently become a member of Cheshire Gardens Trust.

Tea/coffee/biscuits from 10.30, followed by talk at 11am, finishing at 12:30 pm

Cost: £7 member/£9 non-member/£5  students/under 30's
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Wednesday 29th November, 10.30am - 1.30pm
Traditional Christmas Wreath-making. Workshop with Sean Barton, Head Gardener at Henbury Hall

Wednesday 29<sup>th</sup> November, 10.30am - 1.30pm<div style='margin: 5px 0px;'><span>Traditional Christmas Wreath-making. Workshop with Sean Barton, Head Gardener at Henbury Hall<span></div>

Tenants’ Hall, Henbury Hall, Henbury, nr Macclesfield, SK11 9PJ

In Victorian times it was part of the Head Gardener’s duties to make wreaths for the family who employed him.  Each Christmas and Easter these would be used to decorate the family memorial in the village church.  This was considered a great honour and privilege for the gardener.
Sean Barton, Henbury Hall’s Head Gardener, will demonstrate the making of a traditional Christmas wreath following which participants will be able to make their own wreaths to take home.  All the materials will be supplied by the Henbury Estate, including foliage gathered from the woodlands and garden.  The wreaths are designed to be placed outdoors and will last for several months.
Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available on arrival.  The workshop will be followed by a light lunch of soup and sourdough bread - all homemade with organically grown produce (from Henbury’s gardens where possible)
Numbers will be limited to 25 for this event, so please book early to ensure your place

Cost includes all materials, refreshments and your Christmas wreath to take home
Cost: £47 member/£47 non-member
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Saturday 20th January, 10.30 for 11am
Hellebores: their biology, characteristics and habitats Lecture by Mike Byford, of Hazles Cross Farm — a specialist Hellebore nursery

Saturday 20<sup>th</sup> January, 10.30 for 11am<div style='margin: 5px 0px;'><span>Hellebores: their biology, characteristics and habitats Lecture by Mike Byford, of Hazles Cross Farm — a specialist Hellebore nursery<span></div>

Astbury Village Hall, Astbury, nr Congleton CW12 4RQ

Hazles Cross Farm is a family-run nursery specialising in Hellebores, Trilliums and rare/unusual perennials.  Owner Mike Byford’s talk will cover all aspects of hellebores their forms and distribution, habitats, geology and climate, as well as the breeding of new plants. 
Mike has had a passion for hellebores for over 30 years since discovering them in the gloomy depths of winter illuminating an otherwise drab winter garden in a large stately home. From there he investigated the work of Elizabeth Strangman, Helen Ballard and Will McLewin in studying the wild species and developing further the range of garden hybrids first developed by the early Victorians in Germany and the UK.
Mike describes how 'once I saw the dainty forms and stunning foliage of the species I was hooked and have spent considerable time and money travelling Europe to see them in their native habitats. This led to collecting seed and growing the plants in the UK which in turn led to the building of a collection of all known species and several as yet un-named plants which were accepted by Plant Heritage (formerly The National Council for the Protection of Plants and Gardens) for full collection status and we now house a national collection for helleborus species.
 '.... the work of Helen Ballard in her development of clear crisp simple colours and elegant uncluttered forms combined with the massive extension of colours and the introduction of double forms by Elizabeth Strangman inspired the artist in me. I wanted to develop new colours and refine the double forms. As a scientist an understanding of genetics helped fine tune the breeding lines and eventually the Hazles Cross Hybrids were born.'
Mike is hoping to have plants for sale, however, this will be very much weather dependant.
Take a look at his website to whet your appetite -

Tea/coffee/biscuits from 10.30, followed by talk at 11am, finishing at 12:30pm
Cost: £7 member/£9 non-member/£5  students/under 30's
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News Archive

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
Results from Kemp's Anniversary Year Walks around Cheshire Parks
Learn about 'The 1737 New Cut of the River Dee' on 18th Nov
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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