Category Archives: Gardening

Latest Herb Group Meeting

On Tuesday we held the second meeting of the Herb group at one of the members homes. Following an interesting walk around the garden looking at a variety of culinary herbs we adjourned to the dining room and discussed the featured herb for this month BASIL.

 The members had  agreed to do undertake research into Basil plant, looking at the following topics :

  • Propagation
  • Growing
  • Folklore
  • Historical and/or medicinal information
  • Preserving
  • Culinary uses / recipes
  • Other uses

and this provided the background for a very interesting discussion.

We were also treated to a collection of delicious examples on how Basil can be used.

Firstly, a Capri salad stick comprising of Mozzarella cheese ball, basil, tomato half and a drizzle of Balsamic vinegar.


One of the group also made a Basil Pesto, which went well with slices of Sour dough bread.


and finally, we all had slices of Lemon and Basil cake with a lemon drizzle.


Next months Herb will be Thyme. Lets see what culinary  delights we can come up with.

Ian Barrow


Gardening Group

Sorry to say that this group is now without a co-ordinator. June and Graeme Butler will sadly no longer be leading due to other commitments.

Anyone who signed up to join can take on the role.

Now the Spring is here at last there are NGS gardens open for charity every weekend or indeed other larger gardens to visit. If you are willing to co-ordinate the gardening by getting the group together and working out what and when is required, could you please sit at the  gardening table at the next meeting at Fox Lane on May 11th. Alternatively, if unable to attend would you please telephone Carol Wilson on 01772 641944 to make  alternative arrangements for your first meeting.

As you will be aware, our last meeting was at Stonehouse School where we met the delightful children, chatted with them regarding flowers and veg they wanted to see growing and potted and planted some seeds. The School has now been furnished with the list which they will purchase and plant up with the now very knowledgeable children’s assistance. Many thanks to all friends  who gave their time on the two visits, the project is now closed.

Carol Wilson
Acting Gardening Co-Ordinator

Garden Question Time at Birkacre Garden Centre

One for the Gardening Group that our Secretary Pam Carroll  found whilst  visiting a local Garden centre.

If you are interested please ring CAROL WILSON on 01772 641944 for further details.



“We still have some tickets left for our Gardener’s Question Time!

The event will take place at Birkacre Garden Centre, at 6:30PM, on Wednesday 13th April.

Come along and ask our experts every question you can think of about your garden, and get some superb advice on our plants.

The event is ticket only, and will include a hotpot or vegetarian lasagne, and a cup of tea or coffee.

Tickets cost £5.00, and are available form our information counter in store.

Any queries, please contact us on 01257270473.

We hope to see you there!”

Wyevale Garden Centre Visit

The last meeting of the GARDENING GROUP was held at Wyevale Garden Centre Leyland, our lovely band of 6 had a good hour inspecting and talking about plants, shrubs, flowers and gardening sundries.

Over coffee and cake in the lovely cafe we arranged with Linda, who teaches children at the Stonehouse School, about our groups involvement in the school with children and staff to assist and make suggestions on both the schools vegetables and fruit patches and flower areas adjacent to the school playing fields.

Arrangements have been agreed to meet with Linda at the school for our next outing. See our Group Page for details

Patrick and Carol Wilson

Gardening Group

Gardening Group Visit to Dunsar Garden Centre

As the current co-ordinators, June and Graeme Butler are unable to make the meetings at present, Carol and Patrick Wilson are the contacts for information regarding this group.

As gardens are resting just now and the weather unpredictable, a group decision was made to meet at Dunscar Garden Centre to look around and talk about the shrubs, bulbs etc, and best positions for planting.  We then exchanged other ideas over coffee and cake in their cafe. The chat was great and two hours sped by.

It was agreed we would hold our next meeting at the Wyvale Garden Centre, Southport Road, Leyland at 2.00p.m. in their car park, to check out what different plants are available there. This venue also has a good coffee shop and Carol has negotiated with the small clothing shop that if any of the group wish to buy anything she could give us a 10% discount.   We hope to have time over coffee for a very funny ten minute quiz! Dunscar was time well spent with very enjoyable company.

When the weather does improve in March we can, of course, continue with outside visits.   Hopefully numbers will increase to share more ideas and laughter. None of us are experts but by skill sharing we can all make improvements to our gardens. Remember, lifts to all venues can be arranged, please phone the co-ordinator.


Patrick and Carol Wilson

Gardening Group Talk – “Taking the fear out of Pruning”

Fifteen members of the Leyland U3A Gardening Group plus two other members enjoyed a very enjoyable and informative talk on Friday 25th September 2015 at Leyland Fox Lane Sports and Social Club.

The speaker was local horticulturist and gardening expert Marguerite Hughes, who is well known in the area, and speaks to many groups, including U3A’s, and also runs gardening classes.

She was accompanied by her colleague Sue Gillon of Meadow View Plants in Tarleton.

The subject of her talk was “Taking the fear out of Pruning” – a task that many amateur gardeners find daunting.

Marguerite made her talk most interesting by giving practical demonstrations, and plenty of hints and tips. She encouraged audience participation and invited interaction with our members.

During the tea break, there was an opportunity to purchase plants brought in from Sue Gillon’s nursery, and this was followed by many questions from members.

It was most encouraging to see the enthusiasm of our members, which augers well for the future success of our group.

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.