February 21, 2017 – Visit an Historical Walled Garden. Nan Cobbey, Joan Willey

GDN_3A_290_190_80_c1The Cambo Estate’s garden on the eastern coast of Scotland has been called “one of the most engaging summer gardens in all Scotland.” It so enchanted Garden Club members Nan Cobbey and Joan Willey two summers ago that they came home with more than 400 pictures and 30 minutes of video. They will share their images and impressions of the garden while telling a bit of the history of the estate which dates back to the 12th century. The garden fills a two-and-a-half-acre walled site. The wall, an almost golden Georgian brick 10 feet high, is alive with climbing roses and vines. The garden itself offers bowers of clematis, neat beds of herbs and greens, vegetables, flowering shrubs, fruit trees, berry bushes, weeping willows, a profusion of wild flowers that bloom in great swathes of color and texture and all accompanied by song birds and the rushing music of a creek coursing through beneath high-arched cast-iron bridges and a Victorian green house.

Nan Cobbey of Belfast, a retired reporter and editor, trained as a master gardener here in Maine. Her work involved extensive travel and she always added visits to local gardens to her itinerary. Of them all, the best is the walled garden at the Cambo Estate in eastern Scotland. Joan Willey is an herbalist, and volunteer with the Head of the Tide Permaculture Project. Now retired, she was active in the Sierra Club for 45 years and Regional Director, for the Mid-Atlantic.

The meeting will be held in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street, Belfast. The business meeting starts at 1:00 p.m. and the program starts at 2:00 p.m. All members of the public are welcome.

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