The Leverton and District Garden Group’s successful programme of garden visits is now over and members have returned to South Leverton Memorial Institute to continue their series of talks. Although autumn is approaching with some determination and the hectic gardening season is coming to a close, the group welcomed two new members to its September meeting.
Members were also delighted to welcome Don Witton from Harthill near Sheffield. His credentials are wonderful; he holds the National Collection of hardy euphorbias, has appeared twice on Gardener’s World with Carole Kline, won gold medals and written books. Not bad for a retired person.
The illustrated talk was entitled People, Plants, Pleasures and Passion and he made it amusingly clear how entwined these elements are. With gift plants he even dismisses the acknowledged name to re-christen them with the name of the giver; something we all recognised. Although Don admitted to having a small garden he confessed that his main plant collection is on his allotment a mile or so from home. This turned out to be no ordinary allotment but a beautifully laid out garden that is open for group visits with the proceeds to charity. No doubt the group will be thinking about this.
If you would like to join the group come along on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm and you will be most welcome. There’s always a lively speaker who entertains gardeners and non-gardeners alike. Come for a visit (£4.00) with no commitment, coffee and biscuits.