If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. Marcus Tullius Cicero
The accidental gardener
After a long and time-consuming career as a high school teacher, I reckoned I’d earned my retirement at age 60, although I was rather anxious about how I would fill my days. I had always preferred gardening to housework and enjoyed visiting gardens and stately homes, so I approached the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) to offer my services as a volunteer gardener at one of their local properties.
Another activity on my “bucket list” was to learn how to arrange flowers and found a suitable class nearby. I can’t claim to be the most creative of arrangers, but I have managed to produce some passable pieces and I enjoyed the classes immensely.
The monthly fee for tuition was minimal but we were obliged to become members of the gardening organisation where the classes were held. I decided to give one of the other groups a try and absolutely loved it.
|memorable garden visit - pity we didn't take our swimming gear!|