Plants for purpose at garden club

The fourth meeting of Friockheim and District Garden Club was held in Friockheim School.

The speaker was Mrs Margaret Lear who gave a presentation on fruit trees in the Carse of Gowrie.

Mrs Lear lives in Bankfoot where she runs a business, ‘Plants for Purpose,’ in which she produces herbs for sale.

She is a passionate advocate of sustainable horticulture.

Her husband, with her help, also runs a business called ‘Apple Tree Man’ which is concerned with trying to resuscitate the historic production of orchard fruit in the Carse.

Mrs Lear gave a most interesting talk, from the initial growing of apples, plums and pears on drained land by the monks of Coupar Angus, the development of an export trade from small ports along the Tay estuary, the decline of this trade with the coming of the railways and steam powered ships, to the current attempts to encourage the growing of cultivars which are known to do well in east Scotland.

She took along young trees to show how they are all grown by grafting.

A vote of thanks was proposed by Nora Craig.

The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday, May 13 when members will visit Scotherbs near Longforgan.