Last week I attended my first ever meeting at the University of Bath Gardening Club. How I wish it was called Bath University Gardeners, the resultant acronym’s much more interesting.
But I digress.
The club’s programme of speakers over the next few months is most impressive and kicked off with Fergus Garrett last Wednesday on the subject of Great Dixter: Past, Present and Future. Naturally there were many pictures for us to drool over and lots of anecdotes recounted about the late, great Christopher Lloyd. So much so, his presence in the room was almost palpable.
It appears that the Lloyds were great hoarders: nothing got thrown away, ever. So as well as being Head Gardener, Fergus now has the new role of wading and sorting through the Lloyd family archive. Naturally, there’s lots of plans by Lutyens from when he worked on the house and gardens, plus correspondence with the great and the good, such as Gertrude Jekyll and Vita Sackville-West. However, the most important artefact of note to readers of this blog was the discovery of an unopened packet of digestive biscuits from the 1970s.
Unfortunately the time left for questions afterwards was miniscule, so your correspondent was unable to ascertain which brand.
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