March 2014 meeting: Susan Bennett and the NGS

March’s meeting saw Susan Bennett come to talk to us about her green fingers and how she, and her beautiful garden, became involved in the National Garden Scheme. Susan lives in St Regis Close and has a garden that has gradually grown to the size of 3 tennis courts and includes all many of gorgeous plants and even its own temple!

Susan described how the NGS came into being as a way of raising funds for district nursing and how it survived during the war. The premise was simple; opening usually private gardens for the public to enjoy for a small fee and over its history the gardens included have ranged from ordinary home gardens to Blenheim Palace! Susan’s garden has been included in the NGS for a number of years now and she is also involved in funding and assessing new gardens for inclusion.

Susan was such an inspiring and enjoyable speaker sharing lots of snippets about her life and the interesting history of the NGS. From the pictures she shared with us, her garden was a real inspiration for many of our members and so a private visit of the garden will be planned soon!

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