January 2014 meeting. Press release.

Chairman Tony Bowers welcomed all members and visitors to the first meeting of 2014 on 13th January.

Before introducing our speaker, monthly business was undertaken. Schedules for the spring show were available which will be on Saturday 22nd March at the church hall, but any changes to the date and venue will be announced and will also be on the club’s website.

Sympathies were extended to Pat Elford on her recent loss.

Monthly gardening tips were provided by club President Guy Lloyd. It’s time to tidy gardens, prune deciduous trees and shrubs and to order seeds. We were also shown examples of plants presently in flower at Ty Newydd including an early flowering daffodil, witch hazel and daphne.

The evening’s speaker needed no introduction being club member Karen Hall on a problem gardener’s experience- “Now where do I start?”

Karen provided a summary of her background stating she was not a professional garden designer although on seeing photographs of changes to her own garden since 2006 this is difficult to believe.

Before undertaking changes, take time to observe the area, take photographs, watch the elements, existing soil, structures, finances and amount of maintenance required can determine any plans. A garden is not static and with changing personal circumstances our plans can alter. Balance is required between useful elements such as paths and drives and what will bring pleasure.

Small changes such as raising a tree’s canopy or moving a path can make a difference, but most importantly a plant has to be the correct one in the correct place.

The vote of thanks was given by the chairman.

Winner of monthly competition Tony King

Next meeting 10th February when another member Mary Howell presents “Wild flowers of the Camino.” All welcome.

Sian Ward

Press Officer