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Edgworth and District Horticultural Society

Welcome to Edgworth and District Horticultural Society.



We are a friendly and very active society in the North West of England, located in a small village between Bolton and Blackburn, but with members attending our meetings from a 20 mile radius.

We have meetings most months of the year (see Programme), together with day and evening visits to gardens large and small. Every summer, many of our members and friends take part in our long weekend mini-holiday, visiting gardens in other parts of the country.

Our big event of the year is the Annual Show, which takes place on the third Saturday of August. As well as the traditional horticultural classes of flowers, fruit and vegetables, we have classes for cookery, art and crafts, photography and flower arranging.  See our Show Schedule for full details.

Please have a look round our site, and if you have any questions or comments, contact our committee via the contacts page.

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Irene (our secretary) intends to continue sending out an email bi monthly for the time being. She tries with all our help to fill it with news and articles of garden and local interest.

She is keen to receive  articles from everyone - all members! Have you read, heard, or know something that might interest or amuse others? Perhaps you have an interesting horticultural experience to relate?  Jot down a few sentences and send it to her  New ideas give variety and keep it interesting for everyone!

If you know of anyone who isn’t on the internet or on email please try to help us to keep them in touch with what the Society is doing.  If members want, but are unable to see these reports and the subsequent AGM minutes please help if you can. Instead perhaps a friend or relative could print them. Otherwise members can ring Phil Broughton 01204 300541 or Jean Turner 01204 309394.
An active committee is vital to our Society
Please consider joining us

Our Next meeting is
Wednesday 20th July 2022,
7.30 pm
The Barlow Edgworth

This is our special guest speaker
An evening with Bunny Guinness
Wednesday, 20 July 2022 at 7.30pm
“Highgrove and Mygrove”

We invite all Horticultural Society members, and anyone with a shared interest in listening to Bunny Guinness, our guest speaker, who will be with us at our special meeting at The Barlow, Bolton Road, Edgworth.

Bunny is known to many of us as one of the voices of the much-loved Gardeners’ Question Time.  She also writes a weekly page in the Daily Telegraph and runs a very busy landscape-architectural practice with her daughter Unity.

She lives in Cambridgeshire in a stone-built house with approximately half an acre of garden and a further eight acres of woodland, farmland orchard and kitchen garden.

Entry for this evening is by ticket only, at £15.00 each
Available at our June meeting or from: Pat Whalley  01204 853444

In addition to her design work which is very much the core business, Bunny has been a panelist on BBC Radio 4 Gardeners' Question Time since 1998.nd since 2000 Bunny has also written a weekly column for the Sunday Telegraph. In addition to this she regularly answers questions for BBC Gardeners' World magazine, BBC Gardens Illustrated and has contributed to Country Life, House and Gardens and many other magazines and newspapers. In her own Cambridgeshire garden, Bunny Guinness demonstrates all the principles that have guided her career as a garden designer as well as imaginative plantsmanship. At Chelsea Flower Show she has designed six gold-medal winning gardens as well as serving as a judge and assessor of the large show gardens.

Sunday 4th September

To THE Gardens OF 

melbourne hall and the Dower house

Melbourne, Derbyshire

We will visit the ornamental gardens of Melbourne Hall with a streamside border and a large lake.  There is a cafe at the garden.

The Dower House, is the home of Griselda Kerr a well known garden writer and a very knowledgeable plants-woman.  Her garden is packed with many rare and unusual plants and has fine views across the lake. She will be there to show us around or to let us explore  independently, as we wish.

Between the two gardens is a large early twelfth century Norman church thought to have been constructed by a Bishop of Carlisle who wished to have his seat away from border skirmishes. There are shops and a cafe in the Hall courtyard and the village is suitable for a Jane Austen film set.

Details of both gardens are to be found in the RHS Yellow Book for 2022 and associated website, and we will put more details on the E&DHS website.

Our Main Event
The Annual Show, Saturday 20th August 2022
Admission from 2pm

Staging of exhibits, Friday evening 6.30-8.40 pm, Saturday morning 8.00-11.15 am
See the Show Schedule on line or from local shops.
As 'covid' restrictions have been relaxed we are delighted to be back at The Barlow. We would ask that you are still careful and Do Not Attend if you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of 'covid'. Masks are not mandatory but please feel free to wear one.
Some windows may be open and the hall's air sanitiser will be working.
 Sanitiser will be available at the door.