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Friend's Christmas Lunch
On Saturday, December 14th Chairman Lewis Kent ably assisted by his wife Beverley and a number of committee members hosted a Christmas lunch for Friends of the Garden. In a brief opening speech Lewis thanked the Friends for all their support over the year and looked forward to an equally sucessful year in 2020. The festive spirit of 'Goodwill to all Men' was very apparent at the close when willing hands soon made short work of the inevitable washing and tidying up.
This picture shows Friends raising a glass whilst enjoying a suitably festive menu including turkey with all the trimmings followed by Christmas pudding and a Chocolate log.
Philip Roots – an obituary by Melanie Oxley
We are sad to record the death of Philip Roots, a valuable volunteer at Petersfield Physic Garden. With his daughter Melanie Oxley, he inherited our vegetable patch from Laurie Woods and managed it with diligence and enthusiasm. He took pride in growing beans and leafy vegetables known in the C17, growing many from seed in his own greenhouse.
Philip enjoyed excellent health for almost all his 93 years, when only at the beginning of July, heart failure took him over.  He was gardening until the end of June. The Physic Garden has lost a true plantsman.



Volunteers' Social



Volunteers of the Garden were treated to an evening gathering in the exhibition room as a 'Thank You' for all the work that they do in the garden. There was a finger buffet provided and drinks. Chairman, Lewis Kent thanked everyone for coming and for all they do to provide a place much enjoyed by the community at large.
Volunteers' Social
Friends Annual General Meeting and Summer Garden Party
Friends had the opportunity  to meet their new president, Rupert Bowen, who was welcomed to the meeting by chairman, Lewis Kent. Lewis then proposed a warm vote of thanks  to outgoing secretary Colin Mattingly. Colin has been associated with the Friends for 29 years in a variety of roles and will now continue volunteering as a warden.
After the business meeting Friends enjoyed refreshments in the Garden on a perfect summer's evening.
Laurie Woods
It was with great sadness that the Friends of the Physic Garden lost one of their long time volunteers in the recent death of Laurie Woods. Laurie brought to the Garden his expertise especially relating to 17th Century vegetable growing and until recently was responsible for the flower bed alongside the West wall. He was also a regular contributor to the Newsletter writng under the nom de plume of 'Adam the Gardener' providing tips and advice on many aspects of ancient gardening. Laurie (pictured on left) might also be remembered for his skill in making damson gin!
 
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