THE AUCHTERARDER SWI group held the first meeting of the 2017-18 season last month.

President Diane Holme welcomed John Blackie of Heritage Gardens.

He firstly spoke about what led him to work in horticulture, then explained how gardens became so varied once the intrepid Victorian plant collectors discovered how to transport plants successfully from all round the world.

After this introduction John gave a very interesting slide show of gardening through the year, showing us what would be blooming and what jobs we should be doing each month. This was interesting and informative to all, whether gardening in a large plot or on a small scale and was followed by a lively Q and A, according to the group.

COMPETITIONS

2 chocolate eclairs-

1 Noreen Homewood

2 Diane Holme

Floral arrangement in a wine glass

1 Noreen Homewood

2 Pauline Parr

Flower of the month

Fiona Robertson

Members are now looking forward to the very special next meeting which is the Centenary Dinner.