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Helen Dillon talk

Were you one of the lucky people who assembled at William Farr School on Wednesday last, to hear the amazing Helen Dillon regaling us about Keeping the Show on the Road?

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If you were unable to make it, you certainly missed a most pleasurable evening. "No garden is ever finished" she suggested and we learned so much, with down to earth advice on growing, maintenance, propagating, etc; and that by making constant changes to our gardens with both changes of plants (those that outgrow the space they have been allocated, don't enjoy where they have been planted or positioned, or when don't achieve what was wanted of them); changing likes and dislikes of colour combinations or the basic hard landscaping.

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All these tales were told with a clear proviso that if it doesn't work or grow as you would like, to get rid of it. It was an early start for Helen Dillon who flew in from her Dublin home with the wonders of modern technology in her luggage, a memory stick, containing some stunning images of plants, shrubs and her world-famous garden, all taken by herself.

Helen Dillon with Pam Tatam, our Speaker Organiser:

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45 Sanford Road, Dublin, has been visited by TV cameras, journalists, the great and good of the gardening world and countless visitors, during the 40-plus years she has lived and gardened there. The time just flew by as she told us why certain plants had to have certain positions in her garden, why others had been tried, and died in some cases, and one image was of Hostas ravaged by slugs and captioned by Helen why I don't grow hostas; although we assured her that Lincolnshire slugs were just as voracious as Irish ones.

The Raffle included one of Helen Dillon's books, signed by the author, and 3 prizes donated by Mill Farm Nursery at Middle Rasen and this was followed by Drinks/Buffet. Tickets for our next Celebrity Talk in September, Roy Lancaster our HPS president, went on sale.

3 of the raffle prize winners:

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Text and images: Jane McInerney

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