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Spring Newsletter
All Friends of the Garden should now have recieved their copy of the Spring Newsletter, Number 66. Edited by Brian Robinson and with a delightful cover illustration by Pauline Elkins it contains articles by the Garden manager Jenny Hill, plans for a new look Garden entrance from Melanie Oxley and more tales from the adventurous Nellie Badgerson
Birthday Celebration
Pauline Matthews celebrated her 90th birthday on January 5th. Amongst others calling on the Day with good wishes, cards, presents and flowers were representatives from The Physic Garden. Pauline has been involved with the Garden since its inauguration and is still a trustee and member of the committee.
Pauline is seen here with the cake provided by the Physic Garden which was baked by the Chairman's wife Beverley Kent
Autumn Newsletter - September 2021
The front cover of this edition of the newsletter, fittingly for a 17th century garden, bears the chairman's report in a traditional scroll. Have no fear the remainder of the publication though is in 21st century style. It carries the head gardener, Jenny Hill thoughts on 'What has Covid ever done for us' and also has an article by Tarquin Hogg-Badgerson, Nellie's Grandson, as she is self isolatng in Morocco.
All Friends should now have recieved their copy of the newsletter but if not spare copies are available from the office

Friend's Spring Newsletter
Once again Brian Robinson has been busy in producing Number 64 of the Friend's newsletter. This is distributed to all friends as part of the membership package, spare copies are however also available. The cover illustration, of a blue hyacinth, has been drawn by our artist in residence Pauline Elkins and provides a colourful introduction to events which have taken place in the Garden during the last challenging six months.
Torla Mackarness
Perhaps our oldest Friend of the Garden died at home on Christmas Day, 2020, after a short illness. She was 100 years old. Torla loved the Garden and was very much involved with it for many years. Newsletter 43, Autumn 2010 contains an article concerning the Friends outing to Wales in June of that year written by Torla. After successful visits to the National Botanic Garden of Wales and Aberglasney the trip culminated  in a visit to the Physic Garden at Cowbridge which is a few miles west of Cardiff. Torla's fondness for our own Garden is reflected in an extract from her report on that visit which follows :
    "Their Physic Garden, in the creation of which some of our members were slightly involved, is rather larger and grander than our own, but it is less mature and perhaps for that reason has not yet reached the level of warmth, intimacy and friendliness which makes ours so precious!"
Friend's Autumn Newsletter  
Editor, Brian Robinson has once again been busy in producing the latest newsletter. This edition has a flurry of colourful autumn leaves tumbling down the opening page. Inside readers can learn about the survival of the Garden during lockdown and the pandemic, understand the reasons behind the 16th century planting of the East border and be brought up to speed on the lick test. Fans will also be delighted to see the return of Dame Nellie Badgerson with her unusual and amusing list of useful and perhaps not so useful tips.
The Newsletter is mailed to all Friends of the Petersfield Physic Garden twice yearly but spare copies are also available.
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