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Ceramics Exhibition

PACS Potters held a very successful show in the Physic Garden exhibition room at the end of November. On display was a large collection of interesting and attractive ceramic items made by members of  the PACS specialist group  which is part of Petersfield Arts and Crafts society. As Christmas was approaching many of the exhibits on sale were sold snapped up as Christmas presents.

The Physic Garden has also benefitted from the exhibition having been given a beautiful hand coiled vase. This was made and presented by Christine Bull and will be much enjoyed by the volunteers and visitors to the Garden. It is pictured here on the grass as it is weatherproof but never the less it was felt that safer place should be found for it to be appreciated inside.
Thank You Party
A small party was held in September to thank all the many volunteers who help to run the garden and keep it open for the enjoyment of all. It had been feared that the garden might have to close after Adrian Milner who had opened the gates for many years retired. However a plea for help resulted in a number of volunteers stepping forward and a Rota has now been established to ensure the garden stays open.
Chairman Mrs Joan Shepley thanked all of them for their efforts as well as those people at the Petersfield Men’s Shed who had done a splendid job in repairing the rear gate leading onto the walkway. It was also an opportunity to say farewell to Paul and Dot Barton who had been with Garden for many years. We will miss them, not not least for their enthusiasm and expertise.

Popular Cards Replenished

Many of our popular photo garden cards have recently been reprinted and a new range has also been added.
This comprises a series of four beautiful reproductions of  hand drawn studies depicted in the adjacent picture. The subjects are three single flowers, a Hellebore, an Aquilegia, a Peony and to complete the quartet an Artichoke. All of which can be found growing in the Physic Garden.

The drawings are the work of artist and volunteer gardener Pauline Elkins who has previously produced many of her multicolour pencil portraits of flowers for both the newly published garden herbal and the Physic Garden website.

The cards [which are supplied with envelopes] are available from the office when a steward is on duty.

Restoration of the Back Gate

Access to the Physic Garden has now returned by the back gate as it has been repaired and is now fully functional.

Our very grateful thanks to the volunteers at the Men's Shed in Petersfield whose skills can be seen demonstrated in the picture. Large amounts of the rotten wood were cut out and relaced with new seasoned oak thus enabling the gate to provide at least another thirty years of service.
Radio Shine's Growing Together Podcast

A recent interview was held in the Physic Garden between volunteer Mike Wadey and Claire Vennis of Petersfield's Shine Radio. On August 1st the edition of the Growing Together gardening magazine podcast was aired and may be heard by clicking the link below.
Mike's interview is featured after 18 minutes of the recording and lasts for 7 minutes


Members of the committee have been working on producing a book 'Herbs of the Petersfield Physic Garden'. This provides a very interesting A to Z of all the herbs in the garden and their traditional uses.
This delightful little book also contains a short history of the Garden and its origins. Volunteers in its early days noted that two eminent botanists of the 17th century, John Goodyer and John Worlidge, lived in Petersfield.
Hence the theme of the 17th century was developed.  The book is amply provided with many photographs of herbs and views of the Garden, a colourful map, plans of the herb beds and several beautiful hand drawn illustrations.
It is available for purchase at the Garden at a cost of £6.99.

Contributors are:
The Text is by Jennifer Hill
Illustrations by Pauline Elkins
Photography by Brian Robinson
Edited by Philip Dawson

Butterfly Workshop
The butterfly population soared during the half term week. The result of a  project organised by Mrs Paddy Dawson who  helped and encouraged enthusiastic children to decorate and colour paper butterflies. Fortunately the weather was kind and sunshine helped the young naturalists shown here at work.

Petersfield Spring Festival
The Physic Garden was invited by Radio Shine to showcase itself in the town's festivities. In a small corner of a beautiful mobile greenhouse provided by local successful business Alitex volunteers displayed some very elegant Rosemary and Lavender plants, plans of the Herb Garden and other information about the Garden. Altogether eleven groups comprising local florists and gardening clubs added displays to the greenhouse. The event was organised by Petersfield Shine Radio's gardening podcast Growing ( Together partnership to support and raise interest in this year's Petersfield in Bloom competition. The greenhouse attracted a large number of visitors.
News of the Gatekeepers
The Garden has won a reprieve! After fears that loss of gatekeeper with the retirement of Adrian would result in closure of the Garden as no-one seemed available to take on the job a group of volunteers have done just that. A teem has been put together and a rota established so that the Garden will remain open for everyone to enjoy as before. the pictures below, taken by the open gates show several of the many volunteers we all need to thank.
Jacquie and Stu (of Sheet Primary School)
Gatekeeper Appeal
A recent article in the Petersfield Post for someone to take on the role of gatekeeper for the Garden to enable it to stay open has raised a great deal of interest and concern. We are very grateful to all the volunteers who are prepared to give up their time and make a commitment to do this. At the moment we are preparing a rota so that the task is shared and the Garden will remain open so that it can be enjoyed by everyone. Thank you.
Exhibition by pupils of Dunhurst School
Pupils at Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, were inspired by the illustrations in Gerald's Herbal and John Goodyer's Botanical work in their autumn term project on 'The Art of the Garden'.  All age groups from year 4 to year 8 responded to the theme by creating individual outcomes, whether illustrated poems or botanical illustrations, prints of birds or paintings of flowers.
Volunteer Gardeners from Aspire Pharma
Aspire Pharma is a small pharmaceutical company which has been established in Petersfield for the last 10 years. The company have recently been considering their corporate social responsibility (CSR) and are launching CSR days across the business for members of staff. As a company they wish to support local projects to help the community. The Physic Garden was chosen to recieve this support as staff regularly took lunch breaks in the Garden and felt that it had had a positive impact on their mental health and wellbeing. As a result garden manager, Mike Wadey welcomed the help of two of their volunteers, Mary and Emma, for a day of garden maintenance.
The Physic Garden was a buzz with on Saturday when the Petersfield and District Beekeepers Association came to talk about pollinators. They brought some honey bees in an observation hive, demonstrated how to make homes for solitary bees and took people round the Garden to search for pollinators. They also had set up a varied exhibition in the hall on a range of subjects on bees, which were supported by talks as well as an extensive bank of information on butterflies.A very successful day.
Helen holding a honeycomb whilst demonstrating bees in the observation hive
Daphne Clark recieves a Cheque from Claire Cotton of Waitrose
A Birdseye view of the Garden taken from a drone shown in the picture on the left
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