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Edgworth and District Horticultural Society

Welcome to Edgworth and District Horticultural Society.

May is here, and after a very dry cold April we are back to sleet and snow showers! The garden Will catch up!



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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19th May at 7pm

Like our first EHS meeting of 2021 this meeting will be held using Zoom. 

By Richard Hodson, Hawthorn nursery, Hesketh bank

Richard and his wife Irene, founded Hawthornes Nursery 25 years ago. They have over 200 types of clematis growing in the garden, together with 'Old fashioned' roses and a large range of perenial plants.
hawthornes Nursery holds the national collections of clematis in the ,Texensis,Viorna and Vitella groups.In normal times the nursery is open for group visits, maybe next year!
To see and hear the presentation it’s best to use a device (e.g. PC or Tablet) with a reasonable size of screen and with a speaker (most laptops have one but not all desktop computers)

Register to join this meeting:
email We will then email you a link to use a few days before May 19th. 
Irene (our secretary) intends to continue sending out an email each month whilst we are unable to meet.  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!
All the previous emails can be read here .
Contributions to the next ones are most welcome!
Include pictures if you wish or we will find some if you want

4-day holiday June 3rd to 6th 2021

There is also optimism about the holiday to the lovely Scottish Borders.  Travel Editions are expecting that restrictions will be relaxed and will allow the holiday to go ahead. There are potentially a few places available if you wish to register an interest - no deposit is required and we’ll contact you when there is more certainty.  For the same reason, the company has asked us not to pay our balances on April 8th as previously asked and will contact us approximately 4 weeks before departure for final payment.

For details please see the website Please ring or email if you wish to book, contact Jean on (07792 761368) or Phil (300541)  

Grant Award Offer

The Society received a Legacy which will be used to benefit horticulture in the district defined by a map on our Constitution which can be found on our website at 

Projects must benefit the Society and its members or a substantial part of the Community.

If anyone has a vision for such a project but lacks the money, the Society wishes to assist with good proposals which we may offer to fully or partially fund. Applications are invited and must comply with the following criteria:

·         A fully detailed description of the proposed project

·         What benefits it will provide

·         The location (address / postcode) of the project site.  If the project is in a small part of the site, identify its position.

·         A complete breakdown of the associated costs

·         A timescale for the completion of the project identifying the funding required,

·         All works to be completed within the time contained in any grant offer that may be made.

·         Receipts for all expenses will be required together with bank account details

·         The Award will normally be paid to the applicant on completion of the work though phased payments may be arranged.


Applications to be submitted to . Closing date is 30th June 2021 and successful applicants will be notified by 31st July 2021. The Committee’s decision will be final. The grant will not be available for commercial activities or to cover maintenance.

Feedback on what the Society does is really appreciated so please send us questions, suggestions, comments or offers to help. These can be about anything mentioned above,or about the Society in general..

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.

Annual Show

Our Show for 2020 was postponed until 2021. The Show Schedule has been re-titled to 2021 and can be found on the web site. All entry classes except some in Floral Art will remain unchanged. We hope this allows for inspiration and extremely forward planning! The adverts and other parts which don't affect your planned entries will be updated before we produce printed copies in the spring.. Please scan through it – have you seen the new section on Society’s activities near the back?

Please check out these adverts for local businesses and try to support them. They  make it possible to distribute printed copies free.

Have you looked at the "Plants and Tips" menu?  There are many recommendations from speakers covering a wide range of topics such as shade loving plants, herbs and carnivorous plants.. The latest to be added is Phil Dunnet's list of his recommended ferns and grasses from his talk this June..These are available at his nursery in Woodplumpton.

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