The January afternoon weather was dreary, grey and cold so a perfect time to hear about beautiful herbaceous borders. Over 50 people gathered in the Carrington Room to hear Wisley-trained John Negus, an RHS listed speaker, give his talk on “Borders of Distinction”. With humour and many anecdotes, John shared with us his expertise and lifelong knowledge of plants and gardening in a beautifully illustrated presentation. Lots of fun especially when we were subjected to a final quick fire quiz with prizes. John was very generous in giving gardening advice during tea and we all felt uplifted and ready for Spring, catching his passion and enthusiasm for gardening, wildlife and the great outdoors.