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This week Kitty (our very own Monty Don of the Bath WI) hosted the garden team’s meeting. If you missed our garden party in July, you may not know that a couple of years ago Mel and Jess M put their negotiating skills to good use and found the Bath WI its own patch of earth – not just any patch of earth mind you! Oh no, we have an edible garden within the Bath Botanical Gardens in Victoria Park! Check out more about our garden on the Bath WI Garden page.


left to right: Kitty, Jean, Elaine, Helen, Sally

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2015 garden plan by Kitty

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After all her hard work with Jess setting up the garden, Mel is taking off her gardening wellies for a while so, after a look at the garden plan for 2015 (which celebrates the Women’s Institutes’ centenary by looking at it ‘roots’ in Wales with plenty of leeks and with a nod to the future with rainbow chard and lollo rosso) the team had a surprise presentation for Mel.

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Once the photos were taken, the evening moved on to champagne, smoked salmon sandwiches, quails’ eggs with celery salt, palmiers, cocktail sausages, macaroons and M Bertinet’s recipe dodos (a hazelnut and orange version) and coconut bites…well this is the Bath WI daaaarling!

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(apologies – and welcome – to new gardener Helen who kept out of the photos as she hadn’t been in the team for 2014, but I sneakily snapped her hiding in the kitchen…!)