Possibly every resident of Welton could hear the laughter and appreciation emanating from William Farr School, as James Alexander-Sinclair dazzled an enthralled audience through his presentation Five Gardens, my life.
From the outset, he held his listeners in the palm of his hand, recalling how he stumbled into gardening as a young man, and then leading the journey onwards and upwards through his illustrious career.
A well-known designer, writer and personality, he spoke about his first projects and went on to show how by simply moving items around dramatic focal points can be created.
The contrast between profuse planting and simple mown grass around water was a continuous theme in the gardens and his plant knowledge was obvious.
His final garden brought a poignant note to the evening as he confided he had sold his home of many years - the sale going through that day – but he was excited about his new garden which was a blank canvas.
No gathering is complete without a raffle, where there were four prize donations, but the Star Prize had to be Pam Richards’s generous gift of a Flight In A Tiger Moth, which was won by Lynne Murdoch.
The next meeting is this Saturday, November 22, in the school at 2pm, when the speaker will be Dr Crinin Alexander, who will be Meandering in Madagascar.