‘Victoria Gardens’

Date(s) - 10/11/2016
20:00 - 21:30
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Rowledge Village Hall


As a long standing friend of the club John was warmly welcomed and started his talk by asking how many people had already visited the Garden. He then continued explaining how the gardens had originally been a Victorian  open air swimming bath (actually 2, one for adults and one for mothers teaching their children to swim). He himself used to swim there and described the rather basic changing facilities with, in its final years, ventilation provided by holes in the roof. The completion in 1981 of the sports centre with its indoor pool marked the end of a rather slow decline. At this point the future of the site was in doubt until it was finally decided to replace the bath with a garden.

Finally, in May 1997, the garden was opened  on the site having been financed through voluntary effort and public subscription.

More details of the Garden are available at http://www.farnhamvictoriagarden.org/home/home.html

After this introduction John displayed a number of pictures of some of the plants in the garden. This was accompanied by him (in traditional John Negis manner) testing the audience to identify the plant in question, which when answered correctly resulted in a prize of a packet of seeds or two

After a final burst of questions and answers the evening drew to a close with the club thanking John for a most interesting talk.

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