Carleton Garden Club

Carleton Garden Club

Carleton Garden Club is a friendly club of people from the Carleton area who enjoy a spot of gardening. Membership is just £5 a year.

We meet monthly at St Hilda’s and St Martin’s Church Hall on Fleetwood Road in Carleton, on the second Monday of each month. Doors open at about 7:10 for a prompt 7:30 start.

We usually have a guest presenter for a talk or demonstration at our meetings, but we also hold a plant sale for members in May, have gardening themed social evenings in January and June and a Gardeners’ Question Time style event in September. After refreshments and a chance to catch up with friends, we have some tips from our experienced gardeners.

Everyone is warmly welcomed, entry is £1 for members or £2 for non members and that includes the cuppa and biscuit.”

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The leafy plants on the right of the fork are sweetcorn and you can get a harvest if you grow it in a sunny spot with several plants together for pollination.

We also run two or three coach trips each year to formal open gardens or flower shows. Members and non members are welcome to join our trips. Details will be available at the meetings.

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Forthcoming Carleton Garden Club Meetings – 2017

All our meetings are held at St Martin’s & St Hilda’s Church Hall on Fleetwood Road in Carleton, and we ask people to arrive from 7:10 for a prompt 7:30 start.

Admission is £1 for members or £2 for non members and this includes refreshments. We are a very friendly club and everyone is most welcome.”

Monday 9 January 2017: It’s time to renew our membership for the year, and whilst the administration is being done we are having a social evening with a quiz. This year, Jasmin’s is your quiz master and as ever it promises to be great fun. It’s £5 to join the club for 2017.

Monday 13th February: “Planning for the year ahead: Susan Lavelle has been a North Fylde gardener for almost 20 years, and tonight brings you her best advice to help you make your garden flourish in 2017. 

Monday 13th March: Perennial favourite Tim Smith makes a welcome return to speak to us about “Artistic Planting with Attitude”. Tim has a very down to earth approach and everyone from novice to experienced gardeners will pick up some excellent ideas to add that special touch to their garden and planters.

Monday 10th April: Peter Foley from Clitheroe is our speaker tonight and will tell us which plants are best suited to smaller gardens. Not many of us are fortunate enough to have large gardens so former nurseryman Peter’s advice will be very welcome for new and established gardens alike. Peter is also going to be bringing some plants for sale, and April is the perfect time to put them out in the garden to establish before summer.

Monday 9th May: It’s our members-only plant sale, but don’t worry, you can join on the night if you wish! Our members bring in a variety of plants including annuals, perennials, young vegetables, shrubs, house plants, well anything that is labelled up and healthy. We sell these at bargain prices all in aid of club funds. It is almost impossible not to find something that will be fabulous for your garden.

Monday 12th June: Tonight we have our delicious strawberry tea and fun social evening. There are lots of things going on and it’s all very enjoyable.

Monday 10th July: No one seems to want a garden without wildlife these days, so Marguerite Hughes and Sue Gillon are coming along to talk about “Creating a Garden to Attract Wildlife”. We are blessed with a wide variety of wildlife in and around the Carleton area and it can be a great joy to have them visit the garden.

Monday 14th August: John Taylor from Southport is our guest speaker tonight on the subject of “Garden Herbs, Herbs for Arthritis & Other Ailments”.

Monday 11th September: Our own panel of experienced gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions. We also have many talented gardeners in the audience with a wide range of experience who are usually only too willing to share their top tips. Plus we are having a plant swap. All you have to do is bring in a plant, exchange it for a ticket and then when all the plants have been collected in swap your ticket for a plant. We often have plants left over and these will be offered for sale in aid of club funds.

Monday 9th October: As the gardening year starts to draw to a close, Kevin Pratt is our guest speaker on the subject of “Winter Colour”. Kevin’s talk will be illustrated with a slide show to illustrate some ways to make our gardens more interesting during the cold season.

Monday 13th November: Hazel Mercer of the Four Seasons Florist on Vicarage Road in Poulton is demonstrating “Christmas Flower Arranging Ideas”. This is a very popular night and Hazel always creates some amazingly beautiful arrangements. Hazel is also very good at explaining in a simple, understandable way how we can all make similar arrangements at home. No promises, but on all of Hazel’s earlier visits to our club the floral creations have been included in our raffle.

Monday 11th December: Annual General Meeting and Christmas Party, featuring a table decoration competition (this is a members-only meeting). After the business of reviewing the year, the finances and re-electing the committee are done with, we celebrate together with hotpot, mince pies and Christmas cake. There is always some entertainment and the good news is that this is a free evening as long as you have pre-booked your place.

Monday 8th January 2018: Happy New Year! 2017 will have been so good that we do it all again. We start the year with a social evening whilst we renew our memberships for the year ahead. Usually we have a quiz that may or may not be gardening related, but we always have great fun as we do it.

Twenty Years and Still Growing Strong!

Carleton Garden Club were delighted to be able to celebrate their twentieth anniversary in summer 2014.

What started in August 1994 as a group of friends getting together in a living room is now a thriving club of over 70 sociable people with a common interest in gardening. And that is something to be jolly pleased about.

If you’ve not been to one of our meetings, why not come along?

It costs just £5 to join for the calendar year, and then it’s just £1 entry to the meeting which includes tea and biscuits – non members are very welcome at £2

Regular highlights of the year are the members-only plant sale in May and the two or three coach trips we organise to open gardens or horticultural shows.

Our trips are open to non-members and I am sure that there will be some readers out there who would like to join us – we tend to be cheaper as our aim is to cover costs not make a profit!

If people want to find out more about us we have a website and you can also follow our Facebook page

Carleton Garden ClubDisplays from a flower arranging demonstration – the kind of thing members and visitors can look forward to seeing in July.

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Carleton Garden ClubBleeding Heart – colourful and graceful and needs splitting every 3 years to make more plants.

Dalemain pictures below are from one of the 2015 trips. We had lovely weather last June to wander through the rose garden and the rest of the grounds.

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Carleton Garden ClubThis apple blossom was taken by club member Lucy Ainsworth. We get plenty of tips on growing Apples from Anne who has about 10 varieties in her modest Thornton Cleveleys garden.

Butterflies are one of the advantages of gardening

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