Hor­ti­cul­tural group gets tips at char­ity gar­den open­ing

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

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

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