The Garden in Winter

John Stirland has been giving gardening advice on Radio Nottingham for 45 years so he knows a thing or two about gardening. When he came to talk to Ticknall Garden Club in March, he was a man on a mission. That was to convince his audience that Winter is a fantastic season of the year in the garden.

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An Oasis of Delight

At the June meeting of Ticknall Garden Club Philip Aubury gave an interesting talk on what he called “an oasis of delight”. This was in fact the Botanical Gardens at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Being a past director he knew a lot about its history. A Horticultural Society was founded in Birmingham as far back as 1829. This was at a time when plant hunting in foreign lands was bringing in many new discoveries to supplement the limited range of native species.

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A Bed of Roses

Little did Ann Bird think that buying half a dozen rose bushes from Tesco for her new garden when she married many years ago would lead to a lifetime passion and important role in the rose world. Her fascinating talk to Ticknall Garden Club at their May meeting told the amazing story of how she became interested in growing roses and began to exhibit them with great success and eventually was appointed to judge them at shows.

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Building Dry Stone Walls

Ticknall Garden Club strayed from its usual subjects when it got a lesson in dry stone walling at the February meeting.Andrew Jackson-Brown, the visiting speaker, has spent the last twenty years perfecting the craft. He explained the rules of construction for a double-faced rubble-filled stone wall built from a trench dug eight inches into firm ground.

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