The last visit of the year took place on the 2nd of October on beautiful warm autumn day, just right for a garden visit. The venue was West Dean Gardens between Midhurst and Chichester and the first port of call on arrival was, of course, the restaurant for coffee and cake before embarking on a tour of the grounds. Walking in the autumn sun it was a delight to see the Michaelmas daisies and sedums, dahlias and rudbeckia and many trees and shrubs in their autumn hues all set in immaculately tended beds and borders.

There was also a fantastic cutting garden with every kind of flower imaginable and a vegetable plot full of produce, much of which would be used in meals served to us later. Fruit trees of ail varieties abounded and most were artfully trained in espaliers and cordons. Several greenhouses on the site were open for visitors and these contained tomatoes and chillies and grapevines; with one being given over to pelargoniums and begonias and another to more tropical type plants with orchids and ferns as well as more exotic plants. Members were again impressed with how clean and tidy everything was 1 not a weed in sight!

After all that walking - and talking- everyone once again found their way to the restaurant where we were able to enjoy a delicious lunch on the outside terrace.

Thanks must go to Fred Bell for organising the trip to such an outstanding garden.

The society's AGM will take place on the 15th November and there will then be a break for Christmas.

Meetings are held in Headley Village Hall on the third Thursday of the month, and new members are always welcome.


Updated 28 October, 2018