Welcome to the website of Garstang and District Gardening Club. The club is based in Garstang, a small market town between Preston and Lancaster in Lancashire, United Kingdom. For more details about the club please scroll down and also explore the website by clicking on the various dropdown tabs at the top of the page.
Ben and Susan Andrews
in their Garstang garden

Members recently heard of the death of Susan Andrews, wife of our president Ben Andrews.

Susan was a well known and respected member of the Garstang community and a former mayoress of the town.

She was one of the founding members of the gardening club as well as an honorary life member.

She was a student at Pershore College, where she met Ben.

The following notice appeared in the Lancashire Post and Garstang Courier.


For my lovely wife, mother of our two children, Geraldine and Simon. Grandmother of our grandson, Aidan Kay, son of Stuart Kay and Geraldine. Susan fell asleep on Saturday 24th June in the afternoon and never woke up. She passed away at peace.

A service of celebration of her life will take place at the Garstang United Reformed Church on Friday 7th July at 3.00pm, preceded by a private family cremation in Lancaster held early that same day.

No flowers by request please except close family.

Donations if so desired can be made in memory of Susan to Christies, Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Royal Preston Hospital through the funeral directors.

For attendees please dress tidy informal as fitting Susan's personality. Leave the black at home!

All enquiries to L. Stewart, Dimond & Son, 2 Bridge Street, Garstang, Preston, PR3 1YB. Tel: 01995 602316



Saturday,  September 2, 2017. Our 28th members' show. Venue Cabus Village Hall. Doors open 1.30pm. Trophies presented at 3pm. Auction of exhibits, 3.30pm. There are classes for flowers, fruit and vegetables as well as floral art, homecraft and photography. Please do consider submitting some exhibits in any of the classes mentioned in order to support the Club.
Schedules available from Peter Burrell at Burrell's motobody repair garage, corner of Kepple Lane and A6, Garstang.

* Monday September 4, 2017. First meeting of our 2017 / 18 season. This will mark our 30th anniversary and as such will take a different format to usual meetings. It will include a light-hearted gardening quiz, reminisences by those who were around in 1987, and much more!
Please note the date - a week in advance of when we would normally 'second Monday in the month' routine. Also note the venue: Cabus Village Hall. Time 7.30pm

Other horticultural and rural-related events which this site has been asked to promote:  

Spring show report and photos - March 13 2017

Robert Wadsworth

Catherine McCallum

Ben Andrews

Elisabeth Bertenshaw

Hilary Hine (and her hellebore in larger format below)

It's a sure sign that spring is in the air when Garstang Gardening Club holds its annual spring flower shows.
Scores of spring blooms - including daffodils, hellebores and irises - were entered for the show which was held at The Crofters Hotel, Cabus, on Monday evening (March 13), immediately after the club's annual meeting.
Chairman Roger Broadbelt reported on a successful year of lectures and talks on gardening and horticultural topics and treasurer Jennifer Westcott reported a healthy balance sheet .
The officials and committee members were elected en block: chairman Roger Broadbelt, vice-chairman, Hilary Hine; secretary, Ruth Wiseman; treasurer, Jennifer Westcott; programme secretary, Ruth Cowell; publicity officer, Anthony Coppin. Committee: Elisabeth Bertenshaw and Ian Budgen.Details were also announced of the forthcoming programme of trips during the summer months.
Before the "bloom room" was opened for members to view the spring show exhibits , the top trophies in the show were presented by club president Ben Andrews. The trophies went to Catherine McCallum (Cath Morris Memorial Trophy); Elisabeth Bertenshaw (Anne Wiggins Memorial Trophy) and Hilary Hine (Patricia Lettom Memorial Trophy).

Winners in the various categories of the spring show were:
Class 1, three daffodil bulbs provided by the club: 1 Catherine McCallum, 2 Ian McCallum, 3 Pat Bridge
Class 2, miniature daffodils in a pot: 1 Ben Andrews, 2 Elisabeth Bertenshaw, 3 Robert Wadsworth
Class 3, any other bulbs (not daffodils): 1 Robert Wadsworth, 2 Elisabeth Bertenshaw, 3 Pat Collins
Class 4, three standard daffodils, cut stems in a vase: 1 Pat Collins, 2 Elisabeth Bertenshaw, 3 Hilary Birtwistle
Class 5, three miniature daffodils - cut stems in a vase:  1 Hilary Birtwistle, 2 Richard Kellet, 3 David Birtwistle
Class 6, Spring arrangement - flowers and foliage (up to 12 inches): 1 Gladys Bradshaw, 2 Maureen Stuart, 3 HIlary HineClass 7, Spring arrangement - flowers and foliage (12 to 24 inches): 1 Elisabeth Bertenshaw, 2 Peter Wiseman, 3 Carol Worthington
Class 8, Hellebore bloom floating in water: 1 Hilary Hine, 2 and 3 Gladys Bradshaw


Summer show September 3, 2016: photos, report and results

 Richard Kellet, one of the stars of the 2016 summer show

Summer show September 3, 2016: photos, report and results 

Members and friends of Garstang Gardening Club headed to Cabus Village Hall on the afternoon of Saturday, September 3, to view the exhibits displayed by the club's keen growers.
As well as flowers, fruit and vegetable entries there were also displays of homecraft and photography.
One of the most impressive entries in the show was a 54 pound pumpkin, grown by former club chairman Ray Pearson of Hothersall (see photo below). 
Chairman Roger Broadbelt welcomed those who attended. He thanked the judges, who had been busy during the morning judging session and the club's committee who had been involved in setting up the tables for the event. Special thanks were given to show organiser June Gornall for her hard work.
The trophies were presented by club president Ben Andrews, following which Roger Broadbelt conducted an auction of many of the items which had been on display. He was assisted with the auction by Peter Burrell and Ruth Cowell.

Trophy winners:
Roses trophy: Peter Burrell
Sweet peas trophy: Ray Pearson
Most points flowers section: Richard Kellet
Best exhibit in flowers section: Richard Kellet
Most points pot plants: Sue McDade
Best exhibit cacti and succulents: June Gornall
Largest bean: Ben Andrews
Heaviest pumpkin: Ray Pearson
Most points vegetable classes: Peter Wiseman
Top tray vegetables: 1 Ben Andrews, 2 Richard Kellet
President's trophy: Richard Kellet
Floral Art trophy: Elisabeth Bertenshaw
Most points other floral art: June Gornall
Best Victoria sandwich: Ruth Cowell
Most points in homecraft: Pat Collins
Photography award: Ian Budgen

Photos of some of the winners appear below:

Ray Pearson with his heaviest pumpkin exhibit

Elisabeth Bertenshaw with her floral art exhibit

Peter Wiseman with his trophy for vegetables

And here are some photos taken during the judging session on Saturday morning.

Peter Burrell with the homecraft judge Ann-Marie Whitehead

Jeff Ashworth and Ruth Cowell with the vegetables judge John Speak

Haydn Evans (centre) with pot plant judge Eddie Potter and floral art judge Brenda Newhouse

* Garstang and District Gardening Club meets for monthly lectures and gardening advice sessions from September to April. The first session of the autumn/winter series begins on September 12 at The Crofters Hotel, Cabus, near Garstang. Time: 7.30pm. All welcome. Click on the meetings tab at the top of this page for further information.



Several visits to gardens locally, nationally and regionally took place this summer. For details of these hover over the News, meetings and gardens visits tab, then click on the sub-tab Garden visits 2016.


Welcome to the website of Garstang and District Gardening Club. The club is based in Garstang, a small market town between Preston and Lancaster in Lancashire, United Kingdom.
The club has a current membership of around 110 people drawn from the town and surrounding villages of Wyre, Fylde, rural Preston and Ribble Valley.
This site's purpose is to publicise the club's activities among members, visitors, and fellow gardeners worldwide.
We meet for lectures, talks and demonstrations on gardening, horticultural and related topics from September to April and organise trips to gardens locally and nationally during the summer months.
We hold two shows a year - a summer show in
early September (flowers, fruit, vegetables, photography, homecraft), and a spring show (which coincides with the annual meeting) in March.
We hope you enjoy browsing through this website.
If you have any questions or queries, or would like to contact any of the officials, or would like to be put in touch with the garden visit organisers, contact us via the "contact us" sub-tab.