Members of the Ticknall Garden Club were entertained and informed by TGC member Pip Wheatcroft, a professional garden designer on 9 November. Pip had been a radiographer until 2003 when she decided on a change of career, becoming a volunteer gardener at Calke then training as a garden designer. She spoke about four gardens.
First was the garden of her family home, the Wharf, Measham in late Victorian/Edwardian times. Pip had undertaken in-depth research into this garden with photos showing the garden and its surroundings and the Ashby Canal in its heyday.
Next was the development of a new garden in Ticknall for Garden Club members. Through photos she showed the transition from a building site to a lovely, landscaped garden with productive, lawn, plant and seating area complementing the house and its surroundings.
On then to a small garden in Streetley, near Birmingham for two active people, one of whom uses a wheel chair.
The final garden was a large one surrounding an old rectory in Warwickshire which, though partly re-designed, needed much work to make it suitable for the clients. The Club had been given an interesting insight into the professional life of one of its members.
The next meeting of the club will be the Christmas Social on Tuesday,14th December. Jeff Bates will speak about the lighter side of Gardening. This will be free to members and £5 to visitors.