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The Oxhill News

March 2010

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Gardening Club News

Our talk this month was given by Dr Roger Pringle, the now retired Director of Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust.  It was centred around gardens of the Tudor period looking at gardens from the 15th century, which were often walled for herbs and vegetables rather than recreation or pleasure.  The latter were usually attached to the large houses/castles and still in the pre 16th century the majority were for the growing of fruit and herbs and not flowers.  He said the greater wealth and the more peaceful conditions after the War of the Roses as time went on brought with it a new climate of more pleasurable gardens.  Much hard work and labour were required for these types of gardens.  Roger displayed a rather large gardening book in his ownership which was circa 500 years old for us to gently browse through.  He showed slides on knot gardens, arbours, mazes and topiary work which were all becoming popular.  In all it was a very interesting evening.

REMINDER - our AGM is on 18th March when re-registering and new members will all be welcomed. We will sample some wine and cheeses to keep us going and look into the exciting new programme for the coming year.

Sue Hedley

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