Posted: 31/05/2016 at 12:10
Aym - when we wet at Hyde Hall they had a special offer on membership so I suggest you call and ask. CFS tickets go on sale before Xmas usually so yes, you could get preferential tickets for next year. Member's days seem less crowded to me - or maybe just better behaved and happy to take a turn at getting to the front to see the gardens and exhibits.
I'd only ever gone on members' days except 2013 when I took a group of 9 Belgian scientists on the Thursday and was in a wheelchair after foot surgery. Most people were very kind but some were appalling.
Meconopsis like damp, shady, acid conditions and don't do dry soil or heat. I fell for a lovely deep red one at a stand in the pavilion but the grower said I shouldn't bother. They do well in west Scotland apparently. I'm going to stick with oriental, opium and California poppies which are better suited to my conditions.