The Shaw and Whitley Garden Club meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm for 7.30pm, at the Methodist Church room in Top Lane, Whitley.
Organisers said, “In February, we were privileged to have John Tucker back again to explain how to get our gardens ready for summer. Most important is to clean and sort out the greenhouse ready for planting seeds and taking cuttings. He took us through the cleaning and maintenance of garden furniture, sheds, trellis etc. We also learned how to buy the best seeds and compost and how and when to use the cold frame.
“He explained that thinking over what we liked and what went wrong in our gardens last year would assist us with our plans for this year. He also explained the importance of looking after the lawn in spring to help it stay green through the summer months and into autumn. We also heard about the importance of pruning, and how pruning at the right time can be very beneficial, producing many more flowers and fruit.
“The March meeting did not happen due to the snow and ice on the road. We have re-booked the talk on suitable trees for smaller gardens for September, something to look forward to.
“On Wednesday the 12th April Mervyn Reed will be coming to give what I’m sure will be a very interesting talk about the beautiful David Austin roses and how to grow them to perfection – we are all looking forward to hearing about the nation’s favourite flower. On Wednesday 14th June we have Katherine Crouch, back this time to tell us about a self-seeding garden, sounds very intriguing.
“The Shaw and Whitley Garden Club plant sale will be held between 10am and noon on Monday 8th May. Our lovely members have been very busy sowing seeds; taking cuttings and potting up so do come along to the Methodist Chapel in Top Lane to see what plants will be available to buy.
“We will also be serving teas and coffee and, of course, coronation cake! The Whitley Art Club will also have a display of their wonderful paintings. So come on down and buy some plants, have a cuppa and piece of cake and look at the amazing exhibition of art.”