February News 2022

After 23 months of cancellations, it was a real pleasure to greet members and friends, old and new, at our first meeting, when we heard about Great Gardens of Great Britain by Andrew Babicz.

His love of horticulture came from working alongside his father in the grounds of the ‘big house’ as he was not allowed in the kitchen where his mother worked!

After school he started as an apprentice gardener at Inverewe Garden for the Scottish National Trust and then went onto study at RHS Wisley and at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. He has also worked at Kew and Hampton Court as well as for several London Boroughs.

His other hobby is photography; members were given a photographic tour of gardens from Scotland to Sussex and Cumbria to East Anglia; from grand houses to municipal parks, and the gardens’ special features were explained.

As every garden is different, members were advised to take a notebook and lots of photos when visiting open gardens to help them plan their own gardens, get ideas on colour or planting schemes and to list what plants to add to their wish list.

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