April’s talk on Cottage gardens by Carrie Thomas was obviously of great interest to many of our members. The talk covered a wide variety of subjects, starting with the design of the garden which is often dictating by its purpose.Carrie looked at the common elements of many cottage gardens. These include structural elements such as trellis, arches, stone walls, paths etc. Carrie gave a huge amount of advice about the sort of plants found in many cottage gardens, particularly focusing on aquilegia, as she currently holds both of the Welsh National collections of these plants. Many thanks to Carrie for a very detailed talk.