Marbury WI June Meeting

President  Beryl Fletcher welcomed over 30 members and guests to the June meeting and members were reminded that Marbury WI will be celebrating its 90th birthday with an Afternoon Tea in the Village Hall on Saturday 24th June (tickets £5).  Meetings in July include the Craft Group on the 4th, Lunch Club on 5th, Art Group on 6th, Book Club on 11th, Bridge Beginners Group on 17th.   The Walk on 27th June will be centred on Peckforton.   Details were given of the outing to Llandudno on 17th August and a visit to the Iron Works at Oswestry on 28thSeptember.


Our speaker was Zdenek Valkoun-Walker, Head Gardener at The Dorothy Clive Gardens.  The two principal areas – the Quarry Garden and the Hillside Garden – are contained within a beautiful 12 acre site on the Staffordshire/Cheshire/Shropshire borders, and was started in 1939.  Best known for its rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias, the garden is at its best from April to mid-May with over 40% of visitors coming during that 6-week period, although spring bulbs and the traditional cottage garden style in the Hillside Garden maintain interest throughout the year.  Zdenek’s illustrated talk showed the garden in all seasons, and he described how the 2½ full-time members of staff are helped by a team of volunteers to maintain and improve the planting.  The vote of thanks for Zdenek’s entertaining and interesting talk was given by Bev Tanner.  The competition was won by Lynn Horton and the raffle by Sheila Steele.


The next meeting will be on Tuesday 11th July  – for information please contact Beryl Fletcher (01948 664889).

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