Building a Miniature Garden
The Warwickshire Group learn how to get Gold Merit Medals
A practical demonstation evening has become a popular event with many of our members, it provides a splendid opportunity to learn and to share experiences in a practical and informal way.
This evening began in a special way, when our Secretary, Jo Walker presented Sam and Mavis Lloyd with their Fifth Gold Bar to their Gold Merit Medal. (This had not been available for collection at the AGM.) We, the non showers that is, were totally stunned to learn how many first prizes this represents.
The photograph is of one of these Firsts, this time from the South West Show held at Exeter in March 2010.
Sam and Mavis, brought along several beautiful miniature gardens and planted troughs for us to admire and get ideas from, as well an empty pot, compost and tufa. They then took us through the process of setting up the basic framework of a miniature garden, happily being disturbed along the way by many questions from members.
Everyone was inspired to have a closer look. Jo had brought along her own bits and pieces and appreciated advice on how to set her tufa to make a future prize winning miniature garden. That is after the hard work of drilling and planting and growing has been completed.
We were fortunate to have present two young folk who were shyly eager to try their hands at making a garden and went home with plenty of ideas, as well as some rocks. We are hoping their garden will appear at our Mini-Show along with those from other members. Watch this space!
A very successful evening, with many thanks due to Sam and Mavis for all their hard work and inspiration, from the Warwickshire group.