Gardening group enjoys wildflower talk
BOLLINGTON and District Horticultural Society enjoyed a talk by a garden designer.
The members of the gardening group, which meets regularly for talks and visits, heard a talk by Jane Allison, a garden designer specialising in herbaceous perennials.
She spoke about wildflowers found in various locations as part of her presentation.
Pauline Pedlar, from the group, said: “All our garden flowers have originated from wild flowers and she explained about some wildflowers you might see while on walks on canal towpaths, cliff paths, roadsides, woods and even graveyards.
“She made her talk entertaining with lots of anecdotes.
“The botanical name for deadly nightshade is atropa belladonna, with bella donna meaning beautiful woman.
“This is because Italian women used to rub this poisonous plant on their eyes to make them sparkle and the pupils dilate to look more attractive.
“Meadowsweet was put in mattresses to keep them sweet-smelling. It was also a flea-deterrent.
“As it is Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, Jane also talked about the flowers in the famous passage from Midsummer Night’s Dream ‘I know a bank where the wild thyme grows’.”
There was an opportunity for group members to buy some of Jane’s perennials.
The next meeting is on May 19, 7.30pm at Bollington Community Centre. The speaker is Ian Lowe and the topic is Pinks and Carnations.
●● Jane Allison with Lyn Pearl, a member of the horticultural society