Val’s vision of favourite gardens

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The start of the autumn programme for Lincolnshire Hardy Plant Society saw internationally renowned photographer, Val Corbett, travel down from her Lake District home to inspire everyone with some of her work.

Her subject was Photographing Favourite Gardens and Val led a journey around England and Scotland to accomplish this.

Claire Forbes receiving her prize from speaker Val Corbett at the meeting of the Lincoln Hardy Plant Society EMN-140210-145828001

Claire Forbes receiving her prize from speaker Val Corbett at the meeting of the Lincoln Hardy Plant Society EMN-140210-145828001

Her images were accompanied by enthusiastic audience participation - they provided the oohs and arrs as her work appeared. A total of 32 gardens in all and all different, including The Old Vicarage at Grantchester, the home of Jeffrey and Mary Archer and their immaculate lawn, and Lord Carrington’s Manor House at Bedlow in Buckinghamshire, where his scarecrows in the walled kitchen garden had to be seen to be believed.

Val also judged the group’s Photo Competition, which saw Pam Tatam win the Plant Portraits category, with her Raindrops on Poppy study; Fred McInerney The Edible Garden category, with the apple orchard entitled Last Year’s Discards, and Claire Forbes, the trees and wildlife category, with Coton Manor Bluebells - a lovely woodland shot taken in May.

For more on the group visit www.lincshps.org.uk