• Photos provided by:
    Helen Carson

What an inspired choice it was by the committee of Wroughton Gardening Club to invite Christine Walkden along as a speaker. Christine did not tell us how deep to plant our potatoes or what soil is best suited to carrots,  nor blind us with latin names for flowers few of us will ever grow. Instead, by telling us her life story, she  gave us an insight into why we are Garden Club members, simply a love of gardening.

Christine left school with no qualifications but with a desire to know more about plants.  With this, determination and hard work, Christine went on to be head hunted for the knowledge and skills she built up just doing what she loved most. Gardening gave Christine a good living, celebrity status through TV and yet she remains without airs and graces a warm and down to earth Lancashire lass.