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Grange Garden Exchange News 2

Grange Garden Exchange News (No.2) 10.05.2011

Grange garden visits
Thank you to Judith and Tony Reeves for letting us enjoy their surprisingly spacious garden (hidden away behind their house and benefitting from the sense of space from their neighbours gardens) and also a glass of wine.
Some of the rocks recently offered by a member had found a good home in the rockery and some in Annemarie’s garden too. The rockery cleverly has a north facing mini-cliff as well as a south facing slope so that more variety of alpines can grow there. I was also pointed to a trillium by the wall. They really do look pretty other worldly. They manage the wild areas under the trees with self seeding and spreading things such as bluebells, forget-me-nots and honesty which look very good in that context.
John Chalmers who looks after the Bowling Club garden came along and has invited us to visit when the roses are in bloom in June. See details below. We also agreed to visit Alison Cunningham in July. I think we all welcome the idea of visits during the Summer months and we will arrange other things such as talks in the Autumn. However ideas and suggestions from members are very welcome so do get in touch with me.
Some items have been added to the list of things which members are happy to lend out. I will attach the updated list to e-mails regularly. If you have anything you would like to add please let me know.
Library Garden
One or two people have expressed an interest. Tony has identified a source of top soil/compost. I will set up a date shortly when volunteers can turn up to try to lick it into shape.
Veg growing advice notes from ‘Linlithgrow’
Dave du Feu, who you may know from Spokes, has sent me the link to this set of informative ‘Advice Notes for your veg garden throughout the year that he created. ‘Written by an experienced local fruit & veg grower’. He has a great garden in Linlithgow with raised veg beds and is a very experienced gardener.
Sat May 14th a Bake and plant sale in aid of the Edinburgh garden partners. They are the folk who aim to match potential gardeners with gardens whose owners cannot manage them or wish to share them. They applied for funding and will be continuing. Fundraising Event is at 31 Lady Menzies Place, Abbeyfield 2.00- 4.00.
Sunday May 15th Very important – Botanics plant sale 2-4 p.m at the RBGE nursery , Inverleith Ave S, off Inverleith Place. If you haven’t been before, this is a must. Entrance is £2.00 or free to RBGE members. I got a lovely Dhalia there last year.
Thursday 2nd June. 2.00 p.m. Our visit to to Shepherd House garden in Inveresk where Anne Fraser or her husband will welcome us. (No tea available.) We may go on to Inveresk Lodge garden over the road afterwards.
Wednesday 22nd June 6.30 p.m. Our visit to Falcon Bowling and Tennis Club, 84 Newbattle Terrace. We have been invited by John Chalmers, club member who looks after the garden. He says the roses will be at their best then.
Sunday 3rd July Grange Association coach trip to Craigieburn near Moffat. Contact Judith Reeves 667 5570 or plants@grangeassociation.com for details.
Saturday 22nd July 10.30 a.m we are invited by Alison Cunningham to come for a ‘take us as you find us’ visit to her garden at 7, Lauder Road.

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