Mendip Gardeners’ March speaker was Margaret Heffernan, who described the development of her large garden with the help and advice that she learned along the way.

Margaret adapted her seven-and-a-half-acre garden to suit her own needs and style. One project involved the planting of 450 tree whips, underplanted with a total of 4,000 bulbs.

At the other end of the scale, a massive beech tree had to be felled but was re-incarnated as a “henge” in the garden.

Here are a few key points highlighted by Margaret, should you want to embark on a similar project:

  • If you want to plant something new, buy 12 not just 1.
  • Take care of trees and make friends with your local tree surgeon.
  • Mow as little as you can stand.
  • And... there will be deaths.

At our next meeting, we welcome back Brian Jaques who will be talking about the origins of garden words and terms. His talk promises to be amusing as well as informative.

Come along on Wednesday, April 17. We meet at the Village Hall, Ston Easton, BA3 4DA .

The meeting starts at 7.30pm. The hall will be open from 7pm to give time for the perusal of stalls and displays. A warm welcome awaits!

Gillian Hipwood