Quote of the Month

There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling.

~Mirabel Osler

Thursday, 10 October 2013

8th October 2013 - AGC visit to Finca el Cerrillo, Canillas de Albaida

Nearly 30 members joined the tour of Sue and Gordon Kind's wonderful hotel and garden.  At Gordon's suggestion we started by meandering through the olive grove "Wild Garden".   We had heard that there would be a surprise in store as we walked down the gently sloping ground and - there it was - a magical evocation of a childhood fantasy - a three-storey Tree House artfully and skillfully constructed by Gordon in the wide branches of an ancient olive tree.  A truly impressive sight.

The hotel was delightful - each courtyard and corner a revelation.  The 200 year old former farmhouse and olive mill is situated on a steeply sloping site which has been terraced to provide planting beds for a full display of summer flowering Lantana, Bougainvillea and Plumbago.   Other beds contained mature cacti and succulents; the whole surrounded by trees providing shade and some intimacy to the various tastefully arranged seating areas around the garden and pool. 

Gordon and Sue have worked extremely hard to create an astounding haven of peace and tranquility, full of wonder and surprises.  It really has to be seen to be believed and many hotel guests stay time and time again - they are taking bookings for 2015 now!

After the tour we enjoyed tea and coffee courtesy of the hotel and Greg auctioned 5 bottles of white wine left over from the summer picnic.   Jane Kirk bid a very generous (considering she doesn't drink!) 20E (to go to AGC funds).

Cindy conducted the raffle - a purple Cordyline australis won by Bernie Marsh and Jo Robinson received her prize for winning last month's word search - a quiz devised by Jane.

Next month Gill and Olgi will be giving a talk and slideshow following their visit to Hampton Court Flower Show in July this year.  Venue to be confirmed, but probably at the Centro de la Juventud.

(Editor Writes - I  have no photos of this visit. If anyone does - please email them to me please . Jane)

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