Gar­den­ing group en­joys wild­flower talk

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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

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