It has been a wonderful Centenary Year for the Bath WI Edible Garden. And what a lovely time we at Bath WI have all had. Starting with our Centenary Design, our sowing of seeds, our planting and tending, and fun and laughter around the lovely Garden.
It wasn’t all plain sailing, with a few setbacks early on! But isn’t that all part of the joy of gardening? Nature showing us who is really in charge ? But our creative Garden Team (fondly known as The Gurus!) took the Centenary Design and turned it into 3D! (and you didn’t need special glasses to enjoy it!)
On 22nd October the Garden Team was invited by the wonderful Barry Cruse MBE, Chairman of Bath in Bloom, to attend the Awards Ceremony of the RHS Britain in Bloom ‘Its Your Neighbourhood’ scheme. We were lucky enough to achieve Outstanding, and our lovely Mayor Cllr. Will Sandry, handed us our framed certificate.
Barry Cruse had kind words to say about all the entries; but we were completely amazed and thrilled by his presentation to us! He told us that the RHS Judges, earlier in the summer, whilst judging our Garden as part of Britain in Bloom, had pronounced our Garden as becoming a regular feature for them, and that it would not be out of place at an RHS Show! (we couldn’t believe our ears and were glad we were sitting down at the time!) He went on to say that the judges were full of praise, they had seen similar gardens across the UK, but ours was the best and most innovative by a country mile! They continued; Its comparatively easy to put together an edible garden, but that we had done it in a way that is both artistic, practical, and unique! Barry wrote and told us that we should be justly proud of our Edible Garden, and that it had been an absolute joy to have been able to support us over the past four years. We feel the same about him! His friendship and kindness have been a constant, and we wish him luck in his new role with Bath in Bloom.
We are most thankful to everyone for their lovely comments, they mean a lot to us. Personally, I feel a little overwhelmed, but shouldn’t be surprised really, as the Garden Gurus are such a quietly clever and talented bunch! Full of support for each other, and always keen to embrace the ethos of the Women’s Institute, inclusivity, warmth and always a warm welcome to all our visitors, including our lovely friends, the bees and the butterflies! One hundred years, and still growing strong!