Gardening Group – “Greening for Christmas” talk by Amanda Ruse

In November, we returned to the Carrington Room for the start of our Winter programme and were treated to an informative and entertaining talk by Amanda Ruse called “Greening for Christmas”.  Amanda told us about how many of the traditions of Christmas stretch back to pre-Roman times and how plants have always been a part of these customs.  With a series of props, which included a model fireplace , she explained the origins and meanings of the plants associated with Christmas both in the past and in our lives today. Interspersing her talk with hilarious, interactive parlour games, Amanda managed to ease us into the run-up to the festive season in a most enjoyable way.