Peter Thornber and Ruth Cowell
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.
The Club’s annual Summer Show will be held on Saturday, 5th September 2015, at Cabus Village Hall.
Show schedules will be available for distribution at the April meeting or copies can be obtained
from either June Gornall (Show Secretary) or Peter Burrell at Garstang Service Station. 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.
In the meantime here is a reminder of our summer show in 2014:
Summer show (Aug 30, 2014)
Officials and judges at the summer show,
Cabus Village Hall, August 30, 2014.
Among the winners were:
CABUS village hall, near Garstang, was ablaze with colour on Saturday, August 30, 2014, as Garstang and District Gardening Club held its annual show in the rural venue.
The floral fiesta included delightful dahlias, colourful chrysanthemum as well as pot plants, fruit, vegetables, homecraft and photography entries.
Judging of the entries took place during the morning before the hall opened to members and the public during the afternoon.
Prizes were presented in the afternoon by club president and founder Ben Andrews, assisted by show organiser June Gornall and club chairman Ray Pearson.
Among the main winners were familiar names from Garstang's talented horticultural enthusiasts, including regular winners Andrew Thompson, Richard Kellett and Ruth Cowell.
Following the prize presentations an auction of most of the flowers and produce was held, with the proceeds going to club funds.
Garstang and District Gardening Club starts its 2014/15 series of meetings on Monday, September 8, with a talk on antiquarian and cottage gardens by Mr Tim Smith of Lytham St Annes, a member of the Cottage Garden Society.
Roses – Best in Class: Andrew Thompson
Sweet Peas – Best in Class: Ray Pearson
Flowers – most points: Andrew Thompson
Flowers – Best Exhibit (Dahlias): Andrew Thompson
Plants in Pots – Most Points: Ben Andrews
Cacti and Succulents: Mary Curwen
Vegetables – longest bean (18”): Richard Kellet
Vegetables – heaviest pumpkin (21 lbs): Roger Broadbelt
Vegetables – Most Points: Ruth Cowell
Vegetables – Top Tray: 1st Richard Kellet; 2nd Ruth Cowell
President’s Trophy: Richard Kellet
Floral Art Trophy: June Gornall
Floral Art – Most Points: Gladys Bradshaw
Homecraft – Best Victoria Sandwich: Ruth Cowell
Homecraft – Most Points: Ruth Cowell
March 10 2014
Here is a selection of photos taken at the 2014 spring show,
followed by a report by the show organiser
Spring show organiser June Gornall writes: The success of this year’s Spring Show is perhaps best indicated by the statistics.
On Monday evening, March 10th, 2014, we received 126 entries, a figure that compares well with the 68 entries in 2013.
Well done, to everyone who submitted exhibits and congratulations to the winners (listed below). The club has continued the tradition of issuing three bulbs to members when they enrol in September.
The bulbs are to be planted in a 7inch pot, grown to maturity without the need for stakes and then exhibited in the Spring Show the following year.
We chose a Narcissus named ‘Early Bride’ and 22 members competed in this Class which, for the second year in succession, was won by Mary Curwen.
As in previous years, the Spring Show coincides with the Club’s Annual General Meeting and it was good to see so many members attending for this event (see the officials and committee line up elsewhere on this website).
* A reminder that the Club’s annual Summer Show will be held on Saturday, 30th August at Cabus Village Hall. Show schedules will be available for distribution at the April meeting and, after that date, copies can be obtained from either June Gornall (Show Secretary) or Peter Burrell at Garstang Service Station. 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 make the Show a success.
Spring show winners 2014
Class 1: 3 daffodil bulbs (provided by the club):
1 Mary Curwen (who also wins the Cath Morris memorial trophy), 2 Roger Broadbelt, 3 June Jenkinson
Class 2: Mini daffodils in a pot: 1 June Jenkinson, 2 Raymond Jenkinson, 3 Robert Sutcliffe
Class 3: Any other bulb (not daffodils): 1 Richard Kellet, 2 Peter Wiseman, 3 Patricia Collins
Class 4: 3 standard daffodils (cut stems in vase): 1 Raymond Jenkinson, 2 Mary Thornber, 3 Ben Andrews.
Class 5: 3 mini daffodils (cut stems in a vase): 1 Hilary Birtwistle, 2 Robert Sutcliffe, 3 Christina Sutcliffe.
Class 6: Spring arrangement - flowers and foliage (max width 24 inches): 1 Karen Ogden, 2 Elizabeth Bertenshaw, 3 Ben Andrews.
Class 7: Spring arrangement - flowers and foliage (max width 12 inches): 1 Karen Ogden, 2 June Gornall, 3 Mary Thornber.
Class 8: Hellebore bloom: 1 Janet Sharp (and the Patricia Letton Memorial trophy), 2 Ben Andrews, 3 Don Worsnop.
Club officials at the annual meeting in March 2014
from left Roger Broadbelt (retiring treasurer), Ray Pearson
(chairman) and Sue McDade (minutes secretary)
September 7 2013
Photos, report and list of main winners
Some of the 2013 summer show team
June Gornall, show secretary
The photo award went to Ian Budgen for this shot of an Aquilegia.
Photo taken at The Maltings, Clipston, Northants
The above two photos were taken on the club's 2013
three day visits to gardens in Northamptonshire.
Another photo entry by Ian in the photo section of the show, which shows part
of Ian and his partner Elisabeth's garden in Byerworth Lane, Garstang
The top table trophies
Table talk: Peter Burrell chats to Rex Wilmshurst
while setting up the show scene
Behind the scenes: Ray Pearson (chairman),
Roger Broadbelt (treasurer) and Margaret Worsnop (raffle organiser)
Section A Flowers
Roses, Best in Class 10-13 (Trophy) Peter Burrell
Sweet peas, Best in Class 14-16 (Trophy) Margaret Worsnop
Most points - Class 1-23 (excl above) (Trophy) Andrew Thompson
Best exhibit - Class 1 - 23, plaque Andrew Thompson
Section B Plants in Pots
Most points - Class 24 - 29 (Trophy) Rex Wilmshurst
Section C - Cacti and succulents (Trophy) Rex Wilmshurst
Section D Vegetables
One bean (longest) Class 39 (Trophy) 27.24 ins Ray Pearson
Heaviest pumpkin Class 43 1st Ben Andrews 19 lbs
2nd Ruth Cowell 4lbs
Most points class 34 - 56 Ben Andrews
Top Tray - Class 57 (Medals) 1st Ben Andrews
2nd Richard Kellett
3rd Ruth Cowell
Sections A top E Most Points (President's Trophy) Ben Andrews
Section F - Floral Art (Theme: Ladies' Day)
1st in Class 63 (Trophy) 1st Andrew Thompson
2nd June Gornall
3rd Elisabeth Bertenshaw
Most Points Class 64 - 66 (Trophy) Gladys Bradshaw
Section G Homecraft
Best Victoria Sandwich - Class 73 (Trophy) Christina Sutcliffe
Most Points in Section G (Gordon Wadey Trophy) Christina Sutcliffe
Section H Photography
Best Colour Print - Class 76 - 78 (Trophy) Ian Budgen
GARSTANG Gardening Club members are celebrating a successful show in their new village venue.
The club's first show at Cabus village hall attracted hundreds of entries and large numbers of visitors.
Officials had wondered how the move from their former venue, St Thomas parish hall, Garstang, might affect both entries and attendance.
But Saturday's show just north of Garstang proved a huge hit, with as splendid as ever display of flowers, fruit, vegetables and homecraft.
The hall was packed with people throughout the afternoon opening on Saturday following judging in the morning.
Judges praised both the quality and standard of the entries in all classes.
Show secretary June Gornall, who has taken over the role from former show organiser Don Worsnop, said: "We were delighted with the way things went. It has been a good summer for gardeners, as was in evidence by the quantity and quality of produce on display."
There were familiar faces among the main winners, including club president Ben Andrews and well known Garstang grower Andrew Thompson.
* Press reports and / or photos about the show have appeared in the Garstang Courier (September 11), Lancaster Guardian (Sept 12) and the Blackpool Gazette (September 10).
Our summer show was held on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Cabus Village Hall.
More info: summer show