Horticultural group gets tips at charity garden opening
MEMBERS of a horticultural society paid a visit to a charity garden opening to get some tips.
The men and women from Bollington and District Horticultural Society went to a garden opened on behalf of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) which supports various charities with events around the country.
The members visited Millpool at Smithy Lane in Bosley, owned by Joe and Barbara Fray.
On a tour around the garden, members saw wind sculptures and Joe’s bonsai trees. They bought some plants and enjoyed refreshments before returning by coach to Bollington.
Pauline Pedlar, from the group, said: “Over the last 18 years that they have lived there, they have transformed a garden that was mainly grass and holly hedges into one full of interesting features and beautiful, natural-looking flower beds with hundreds of different kinds of plants, many of which Barbara has grown from seed.
“She explained that if a plant isn’t flourishing, she will try it in another position in the garden and she is often successful, even though it may be contrary to the advice of gardening experts.
“She also has a good eye for the harmony of colours within the beds.
“Some were all shades of red, orange and yellow, while others were white and mauve.
“After seeing the garden everyone enjoyed a drink and delicious home-made cake in the sunshine before returning by coach to Bollington.”
●» Above, Jessica Herrington, community fundraiser and Chan Spratt, with Macclesfield Fundraising Group members Sue Cliff, Rita Arafa and Tony Lewis; right, Chan takes to the skies