Our July meeting guest speaker was Denis Lynch, horticulturist, of our local Sunshine Garden Centre. Denis gave an interesting talk and slide show. He brought many flowering hardy perennials for us to see and told us about the best situation in the garden for planting and a couple examples of alternative plants to the box which can be devastatingly infected with the box blight (Cylindrocladium buxicola) such as Elaeagnus x submacrophylla ‘Compacta’. His slides showed the many pests and diseases and friendly ones which affect our garden plants and how to recognise which is which. Following this he concentrated on the importance of biosecurity and urged us all not to bring any plants home from abroad. A short Q&A session finished off his talk… We all learned something and looked at plants and pests slightly differently.