Cornwall Blind Association Gardeners Question Time

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Date: 10th July 2009


Months ago I was asked if I would chair a Gardeners' Question time for the Cornwall Blind Association on Wednesday 15th July.

The event takes place at the Lecture Theatre at Duchy College, Rosewarne, Camborne starting at 10am.

This is the first time that such an event has taken place in Cornwall.  Many visually impaired people country-wide have a keen interest in Gardening and Cornwall Blind Association runs two gardening clubs in the County.  One which meets at Duchy College, Rosewarne and started almost 5 years ago and the other at Duchy College, Stoke Climsland which started in May 2006.

The panel consists of; Tracy Wilson who appears regularly on BBC Radio Cornwall, Nigel Pascoe from Flambards and Richard Moreton who is the Head Gardener of Trewidden Gardens.

Before I downsized to a flat, I'd had large gardens ( 1/3 and 2/3rds of an acre)  for many years and was a very keen amateur - mostly trial and error but I loved my time in the garden - totally absorbing.  I miss my Garden terribly - it is so therapeutic to garden and watch the fruits of one's labour grow.

Perhaps my love of gardening had rubbed off on me from my Father.  Even as a little girl, I remember him cycling off to his allotment. And he gave me a tiny postage-stamp sized piece of garden for my very own at a young age.   He has always been a very keen gardener and for a large part of his retirement he has kept his wife and himself quite self-sufficient in vegetables - and half the neighbourhood as well come to that.    Now that he is registered blind, and being an ex-military man, he is entitled to use the facilities of St. Dunstans.  I have to take my hat off to him - he's been on a cookery course and several Gardening Courses.  He has a little help with his garden but still does most of it himself - not bad for a 94 year old.

So, if you live in the area, do come and support us. 

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