For our September meeting we welcomed Tom Cole of Writtle College who spoke about Perennials - Traditional through to New Wave, Prairie and Contemporary Usage.
Using slides, members were shown many different styles of gardening: herbaceous borders, pots, hanging baskets, small ‘room’ gardens and wide prairie landscapes. Perennials can be planted in these places to make a statement, for movement, seasonal or all yearround colour, designer gardens or semi-wild areas. Also discussed was overwinter care, the splitting of large plants, the ‘Chelsea Chop’ and how to take cuttings (softwood and root).
A question and answer session followed.
Green Bowl Photographic Competition
"My favourite Herbaceous Border"
Congratulations to Paul Embleton won the bowl for his photograph taken at Southport where the local council takes great pride in growing colourful borders for visitors and local people.