New gardening club set to start growing

Green-fingered Catterall residents are forming a gardening club in the village next month. Catterall Gardening Club will hold its first meeting in the village hall on Tuesday, March 17 at 7pm. Monthly sessions will continue until the third Tuesday of the month at the same venue, until October. The new group has the backing of Catterall Parish Council and is being run by village residents Netta Parker and Jan Finch. Jan said: “The club is for anyone who takes pleasure in seeing plants grow and thrive. Some gardeners will have greener fingers than others but don’t feel that you have to be a Monty Don to join! The club is for all gardening enthusiasts.” The crop of speakers selected for the new group’s meetings include many local gardeners and horticulturalists including Andrew Thompson of The Barn, Scorton and Norah Hoyles, former leader of Garstang in Bloom. Full details of all the dates and speakers will appear in Catterall parish newsletter later this month. The first session on March 17 will be led by Sue Redmayne from W Robinson and Son Limited, the Forton firm known best for its mammoth onions. Her topic will be growing award-winning vegetables and plants for the spring. Topics to be covered over the spring and summer meetings included planting up colourful pots and baskets for summer, the history of Garstang in Bloom, trees for smaller gardens, demystifying your garden, and gardening for everyone. The club will have a plant table selling plants for club funds every month. For more information contact Netta Parker on 01995 605385 or Jan Finch on 01995 604771.