Our last meeting on 26th August was ‘attended’ by about 20 people, who had photo tours and talks round four members’ gardens. We learnt about the habits and care of three favourite alpines from Jean Stacey, heard about Jennie Pearson’s love of recycled art to enhance her cottage garden, had a video tour of Jo and Brian Cursley’s garden, and finally, heard about a wildlife pond and associated habitats from Lois Wakeman. The meeting finished with a professional tour video from John Massey’s garden, owner of Ashwood Nurseries.
The meeting was positively received:
“Just to tell you how fantastic it was tonight and what a wonderful job you all did to achieve it. It’s so lovely to be able to continue our monthly meetings in this way, and such a good idea to look at members gardens which I found interesting and valuable”
“Many thanks for this evening’s chat, it was a great success and fascinating to see other people’s garden. I enjoyed it every bit as much as the usual talks. Lovely to look at four different gardens, lots of ideas and as I am also very keen on found objects, pieces of wood and stones in my garden, I had a ball! It was a great evening.”
“Thanks again for the zoom session last night – very informative and enjoyable.”
“Thank you for arranging it all. It was all so interesting to to hear and see what people are up to in their gardens and pick up tips about all sorts of things.”
“That was great 👍,thoroughly enjoyed last night, so glad that I had had a practice before the meeting”
“Thank you for organising and helping me through the Zoom event. I am now a believer in the benefits of social media for such purposes and look forward to future events and will be thinking of how I might be able to make a useful contribution.”
– which makes all the work put into organising it worthwhile. We are planning a real-life meeting at two special gardens near Corscombe on 15th September, but may well have more online meetings, especially when the weather gets colder and wetter!