Westminster Park Residents Association

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Gardening Club programme 2018


Winter and spring

Friday, 9 March 2018.

An Evening with Anne Swithinbank

The Burton & Rossett Horticultural Society is pleased to welcome horticulturist, broadcaster and writer, Anne Swithinbank as the special guest for March 2018. Anne is perhaps best known for her regular appearances on Gardeners’ Question Time, as well as presenting television programmes including The Gardens of the Caribbean and The Chelsea Flower Show on the BBC.

Anne will be giving her popular talk, “Grow Something Different — unusual plants to ring the changes and raise eyebrows, both edible and ornamental“. This will be followed by cheese and wine, and a Q&A session.

Tickets £15. Please book your tickets online this year: https://www.brhs.org.uk/anne/


Wednesday, 25 April at 8 pm. Spring Talk.

Edible Landscaping

Our speaker is Richard Smedley.

Richard is a social entrepreneur, currently helping charities and community groups with sustainable IT solutions. He is a certificated permaculture designer, former Garden Organic advisor, Prince 2 project manager, and trained in horticulture at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Community Centre. Tickets: £4 at the door.

Bar, light refreshments, plant and seed swap.

All WP residents welcome.


Wednesday, 16 May. Garden Visit.*

Bodnant Gardens

Bodnant Rd, Tal-y-cafn, Colwyn Bay LL28 5RE

With its hillside setting the garden’s 32 hectares (80 acres) drop dramatically from manicured lawns and grand, flower-filled terraces, through buzzing wildflower meadows and shrub-filled glades, into awe-inspiring dells of water gardens and towering trees.

Meet in the coffee shop by the main car park at

11 am. Entrance free for NT members, £13.20 for non members.


Tuesday, 24 July. Garden Visit.*

Bodrhyddan Hall

Dyserth Road, Clwyd LL18 5SB

Bodrhyddan Hall is a Grade I listed building and has been the home of Lord Langford and his family for over 500 years. Set in several acres of stunning formal gardens and reclaimed woodland, the house is one of the few remaining family-owned stately homes in Wales.

Meet at Bodrhyddan Hall at 2 pm for the audio guided tour of the gardens. Unfortunately the grounds have limited disabled access.

Cost: £4; £7 for combined Hall and Garden tour. Refreshments are available from the tea rooms.


Saturday, 11 August. Garden visit.*

Shrewsbury Flower Show
Quarry Lodge, Shrewsbury, SY1 1RN

The show is one of the country’s premier Flower Show events, attracting top exhibitors from all over the country.

Further details will be circulated in due course.

Advance tickets from £23 and available from



Wednesday, 10 October, 8 pm.

Autumn Talk.

Making the most of your garden space

Our speaker is Jane Allison. Jane is a former teacher who has exchanged teenagers for plants. She is a trained horticulturist who specialises in cottage garden perennials.

Community Centre. Tickets: £4 at the door.

Bar, light refreshments, plant and seed swap.

All WP residents welcome.

Bulb planting programme.

The Gardening Club will continue its programme of bulb planting throughout Westminster Park estate.

To date we have planted many thousands of daffodil bulbs and some 600 crocus corms throughout the Westminster Park estate. If you know of an area that would benefit from some spring colour, please let us know.

We will be looking for volunteers to help plant the bulbs during October.























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