Foggy talks to the Reading Gardeners Club

Sarah Hall opened our Winter programme with a sizzling, fluent and entertaining account of her life at Chalkhouse Green Farm. We admired her lovely garden, heard how she had obliterated Japanese Knotweed from her inherited front lawn and learnt how lemon trees could withstand frost if surrounded by water. We were suitably enraptured by her wide range of farm animals from Suffolk Punch horses to rare breeds of pigs. And there was also history. The farm had once been an overnight grazing site for cattle, onward bound for Reading Market. There was pathos too as we heard of the premature death of her autistic son, Thomas, and her on-going resolve to help to stimulate young and old with communication problems. Something for everyone.

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