World War One Battle Fileds (Belgium) - 1st - 5th May 2014
This being the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1 it was fitting that out trip was to western front battle fields in Belgium so different today from what it must have been like then. During the visit with the help of our guide Peter Williams and his expert knowledge of the war history and area we were able to visit many different locations around the Arras Battlefield and Ypres Salient. The Work of the Cmmonwealth war grave commision continues the preservation of the graves and memorials of our fallen in a wonderful and respectfull condition. As well we were able to see the contrasting styles of French memorial cemetry and Notre Dame de Lorette and German cemetry at Langemark.
Our tour finally ended at the Menin Gate and the last post, the memorial to the British and Empire troops missing from the battle in the Ypres Salient. It bears the names of 55,000 troops with the remaining 34,000 being on the Tyne Cot memorial wall.
Bodnant Gardens - Saturday 12th July 2014
Our final trip for 2014 was to the National Trust Gardens at Bodnant in North Wales. Having visited several times, there is always something different to see and this year was no exception. I think the day was enjoyed by everyone who came along.
Newton Town Show - Saturday 2nd August 2014
Although held in somewhat mixed weather for those who did manage to find a break in the rain the was plenty to see with many stalls from local community groups and organizations happy to support the show.
Let hope for better weather next year.
AGM - Thursday 22nd January 2015
Thursday 26th February 2015 - Sowing seeds for Perennials
Marguerite Hughes and Sue Gillon of Meadow View Plants gave us our first talk and demonstration for 2015, putting to bed many of the mysteries of seed sowing from Hardy to Half Hardy Annuals to Perennials and Biennials. We expect sales of Seed Compost and Vermiculite to increase over the coming weeks as people give the ideas a try.
Harrogate Spring Show - Saturday 25th April 2015
The spring show, which take place in April was our first trip of 2015 and was recently rated Britain’s best gardening event by Which?Gardening , with its sister autumn show (18 – 20 September 2015) ranking third in the country. In addition to welcoming around 100 of the UK’s top plant nurseries, the shows feature the work of both established and up-and-coming garden designers and landscapers. The introduction of a new community category for Show Gardens and the launch of community Pocket Gardens has added further opportunities for amateur gardening groups to showcase their work to nearly 100,000 visitors and 1,000 exhibitors each year.
Normandy - 14th - 18th May 2015 <Click Here> for more Images and detials
Willow Park Rural Craft Fair - Monday 30th May 2016
After a year off the Willow Park Craft fair was back on again and the NLWGA was proud to be able to support the event with a stall selling plants etc. The Sun shone for once and great day was had by all.
Biddulph Grange & Little Moreton Hall - Saturday 11th June 2016
The organization and weather were both very good to use when a group of the NLWGA visited two National Trust properties near Congelton. One with it splendid gardens and the other a fine old Tudor building.
Inter Society Gardeners Quiz - Tuesday 4th April 2017
Four members of the assoication Katheryn Green, Malcolm Greenhalgh, Dave Hemingway & Tony Addison took part in the inter society gardeners quiz against teams from both Roby and Whiston gardeners. It was a close run thing with Newton leading into the last round. Unfortunatly although the answer was on the tips of our tounges non of us could recall the answer to the very last question letting in Whiston to win by a single point. Still a very enjoyable evening
Powis Castle and Gardens - Saturday 15th July 2017
Our July trip took us to Powis Castle near Welshpool in Wales, the seat of the Earl of Powis, the castle is known for its extensive, attractive formal gardens, terraces, landscaped estate. The gardens were a real delight at this time of the year with all the boarders in full bloom. I have visited the estate a number of times over that last few years but I think this time of year is by far the best to seem them in there full glory with the plants set against the enormous clud pruned yew trees
Good Friday Coffee Morning 2019
As has become an annual tradition, Newton le Willows Gardeners' Association held a Good Friday Coffee and Cake Morning and this year the weather was splendid, with blue sky and hot sun. Perfect for sitting outside and devouring some fantastic cakes produced by several of the lady members. The Sales and Advice Hut was open so that members could purchase their garden needs, whether vegetable of hanging basket/container bedding or compost or fertilizers or seeds... or to seek advice.. or just come to enjoy the cakes and renew annual membership.
Chairman Malcolm Greenhalgh took orders from members who wanted the pH of their soil to be tested. An annual pH test at this time of year is useful, especially if planning to plant things that like acid conditions (such as cabbages and brussel sprouts). He also demonstrated methods for growing salad crops, like peas shoots, water cress and various salad leaf mixes.
Another great social get together, with gardening the focus and perhaps an ounce or two on the tummies!