Monthly Report

The 7th January 2019 saw club members gathering for the first meeting of the New Year at the Sports & Leisure Centre for one meeting only - Snitterfield Garden Club’s usual first Tuesday in the month meeting having clashed with New Year’s Day. Speaker, Bill Laws, had been engaged to brighten dull January with a colourful talk on ‘Artists’ Gardens from Barbara Hepworth to Monet’ and delighted his audience with a personality to match.

 

He drew on information from his recent book and stated we would be travelling the world looking at gardens, some obvious and some not so obvious. Indeed, he admitted, most of the artists he would mention are already dead! Close to home he spoke of St Ives, of the wonderful light, and the tiny garden of Barbara Hepworth and her sculptures, drawing inspiration from the rock formations around Cornwall and the close relationship between the landscape and her art. Widening the horizon, Bill touched on Peter Paul Reubens capturing a moment in time with his tulips in the 1600s; Claud Monet’s extraordinary garden in France with its famous lilies, azaleas, lake and famous bridge; and of Renoir with his curly, whirly olive trees. He ranged to Mexico with Frieda Kahlo and the ‘arty things’ and foliage dominating her garden and then back to Denmark and on to Gertrude Jekyll who struggled to paint because of her extreme stigmatism. The audience thoroughly enjoyed Bill’s obvious enthusiasm and he in turn was impressed by the inate knowledge of some of the garden club members.

 

Our next meeting, back at the Village Hall, is on Tuesday, February 5th, when the club will be welcoming Andrew Mikolajski  with his talk entitled ‘Pin Me to the Wall’ at 8 pm. All are welcome at our meetings with refreshments available and a bric-a-brac stall. It costs £15 to join the club annually with a guest fee on the night of £5. For any further information please contact Gilly on 01789 731830.