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Lower Withington WI - August

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This was our mystery evening out and we spent it at Arley Hall in the company of Gordon Baillie, Arley's head gardener. Gordon had been the speaker at our January meeting and talked to us about the wonderful gardens at Arley. We were very pleased to find that a visit had been arranged for our summer outing.

The weather was very kind to us, a bit cool and windy but the sun came out a few times and it was lovely to see the gardens in the evening light. Gordon gave us some of the history and the development of the gardens into what we can see today. Arley's famous herbaceous borders were lovely even at the end of a very wet and dull summer.

After the tour of the garden we had a welcome cup of tea and sandwiches in the barn. We did have a little company as a bat had entered the barn with us and caused some consternation when it flew into the kitchen and out again. He did eventually leave through one of the patio doors and returned to the garden. We had a lovely time and all of us have decided to return in the daytime to have a more in-depth look round.

Our next meeting is on 23rd. September when it will be Cake Decorating with Sam Coupland and the competition will be a decorated cup cake.

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