Lost gardens are focus of club meeting

The next meeting of the Stinchar Valley Gardening Club is on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 at 7.30pm in the Pinwherry Community Hall.

The guest speaker for the evening is Frances Wilkins and the title of her talk is “Lost Gardens in Dumfries and Galloway”.

Frances was educated in Scotland and London. For the last 25 years she has been a ‘wandering scholar’ dedicating her life to the social history of South-West Scotland, the Isle of Man and Cumbria.

This has resulted in over thirty books, local history courses and lectures and several exhibitions covering a wide range of topics. “Two Hundred Years of Kirkconnell Garden” was published in 2008 and her “Gardens Great and Small”: The ‘Lost’ Gardens of Dumfries and Galloway exhibition was part of the Homecoming programme in 2009.

She has continued to research the lost gardens of the South-West. These include gardens that have disappeared completely, some that have been overlain by more recent and ‘better’ planting schemes and others that have lost their former glory due to neglect and disinterest. These gardens can be reconstructed from contemporary plans and other archive material, from descriptions written by visitors, from nineteenth century sepia photographs and twentieth century aerial photographs. Frances now lives in a lost garden (in Worcestershire).

Frances’s talk will be a fascinating insight into these “lost” gardens and who knows, we may even discover we have our own equivalent of the now famous “Heligan” in Cornwall. Please come along and find out more!

The Stinchar Valley Gardening Club annual membership is £12.00 and the visitor’s fee for the evening is £3.00 which includes tea/coffee.