April 2013 Open Meeting – Life at Anglesey Abbey

The meeting was held on Tuesday 16th April at 7:30pm in the small room of the village hall and was attended by thirteen members.

The presentation was made by Richard Ayres MBE who served as a gardener and head gardener at Anglesey Abbey for over forty years and more recently at Kirtling Tower. He is especially well known for his drifts of beautiful white snowdrops at Anglesey Abbey and has had the honour of having a snowdrop named after him.

Richard’s presentation included a history of Anglesey Abbey from its first beginning to the present time. With the aid of his excellent slides, Richard gave us a virtual tour of the gardens. He included information regarding the way the gardens have developed and are maintained along with intriguing facts on the many items in the gardens.

He concluded his presentation with slides of his own garden, which was very impressive, providing Isleham Gardeners with some real inspiration.

His garden at 21 Lode Road, in the village of Lode is open to the public on 12th May, 16th June, and 14th July between 11am and 5pm. A visit is highly recommended.

Refreshments were provided by Margaret Davies and Ann Ford.

This is the last meeting to be held in the village hall, future meetings are planned to take place at the Isleham Marina Club Room until the new community centre becomes available – please see the Events Calendar for information on future events.

 

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