In March and April 2014 Members worked hard and achieved fantastic results. Spurred on by the glimpses of spring in the Garden, beds were cleared of weeds, winter debris removed and considerable planting was done.
The lay-out was altered to enable easier and safer public movement at events – so that at our Carol Evening, in the dark, we did not trip over the bed between the paving and the lawn. Plants and bulbs were potted or replanted elsewhere, large stones removed, the lawn extended and a pathway built. A prominent position was prepared for the arrival of the Magnolia.
The success of all the earlier work was immediately apparent when preparing for the Spring and Summer Events. The open spaces provided a fitting arena for the celebrations and the necessary tidy and clean up made much easier. The grass had grown, the flowers were blooming and the garden ready for the influx of visitors.
On both 17th May when the Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Major General Martin White and Mrs Fiona White planted the Magnolia Tree, and on 28th June for our “Music In the Garden”, the weather was kind enabling full use of the prepared garden.
Happily the earlier clearing of the area on the East side of the garden and the sowing of the wild flowers produced a good display for the judges of South & South East in Bloom in July.
All that remained in 2014 was the general tidy up in preparation for the December Carols Event. The hard work put in by our members and the outside help received over the year, was obvious for all to see – making it a pleasure setting up for our final event.