Meeting at Denise & Roger d'Abadie's Garden

Well, well, well!!

That’s how yesterday’s meeting came off at the amazing hill top home of our gracious hostess Denise D’Abadie.  “I’m on top of the world” by the Carpenters came to my mind as I wandered through her beautiful garden.
It was a bleak afternoon, but the greys highlighted the beautiful greenery and not a drop of rain fell during our meeting. 

Denise has done a wonderful job of transforming a fairly narrow ridge of flat land into an inviting and exciting garden with stunning specimens on show at every step. There was a delightful wrightia in full bloom and a kopsia nearby, giving it very stiff competition. There was a koi filled water feature and pots that thrilled. There was a fully functional and also beautiful kitchen garden and the steep hillside was planted with many types of food plants.

Our president told the members of two upcoming projects. The club is in the process of redesigning and replanting St. Ann’s roundabout after discussions with the relevant governmental division, and hopefully this will lead to a more presentable space at one of the important entry points to our island’s capital. The other project is the planting of 60 trees in the Savannah, in conjunction with First Citizen’s Bank and the government to help mark the 60th anniversary of independence.

Anna Daniel talked to us about a benevolent project helping women and children and asked for plants and/or financial support and she was very well received. Thank you Anna for your kind heart. And I’m sure we will not let you down.

This meeting saw the return of the picture quiz with many members taking part. The show bench was a big success with stunning specimens of cacti and succulents. The entries consisted of single specimens but also a number of mixed containers and two prizes were given in this second  category.

Talking of prizes. These were supplied by new member Sarah Darwent of Best Budz and were all beautiful grown and presented. Well done Sarah.

Denise took us on a very educational tour of her space and then there was the prize giving and the all too necessary “catching up” with each other.

Thanks once again to Dr. Roger and Mrs. Denise D’Abadie for their kind invitation to host this wonderful meeting.

The committee looks forward to seeing you all at the home of Jennifer Augustus on the 20th August.