Visit to Southport Flower Show

10 members of the Leyland U3A Gardening Group enjoyed a memorable day at Southport Flower Show on Sunday 23rd August 2015.

The three day event had been plagued with bad weather on the first two show days, but the Sunday was fine with a warm easterly wind which kept the rain away until late afternoon.

We visited the Grand Floral Marquee where a huge amount of flower displays were on show and Show Gardens with this year’s theme of “China”. In the Floral Design Marquee were flower arrangements again with a Chinese theme and there was also flower arranging demonstrations.

The highlight of the afternoon was a question and answer session by Christine Walkden, the well known gardening expert, TV presenter, and BBC “One Show” resident gardener.

 Having been born in Rishton she is a down to earth Lancashire lass and began her talk by saying “EH UP”. Being an East Lancashire lad myself, at least I could understand her! She gave a number of very useful hints and tips including how to keep the wasps off my Plums (which has worked!) to the problem of the dreaded Japanese Knotweed.

Graham & June Butler.

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