2nd March - 2.30 Open Gardens
Sue Lambert from Open Gardens / Jardins Ouverts will talk about the organisation's background and the charitable causes it supports; what is involved in having a participating garden; which gardens are open in our area, and when and how we can help if we can't actually open our own garden to the public.
The organisation is similar to the National Garden Scheme (or Yellow Book Gardens - as those of us who either opened or visited gardens in the scheme in the UK may know it). The aim is to open private gardens to raise money for charity whilst providing visitors with the opportunity to spend an enjoyable "day out" visiting local gardens not normally accessible to the public: gaining inspiration from garden landscaping and planting schemes; talking to the garden owners and enjoying the refreshments on offer and the chance to buy those plants that you can't readily find in the commercial plant nurseries.
6th April - 2.30 Alzheimer Association (After the AGM)
It's always good to know which support services are available locally before you need them! With this in mind, we have invited Chris Grasby from Association France Alzheimer to tell us about the English-language services available from the Group based just over the departmental "border" in Dordogne at Eymet, and in particular, the new regular meetings called "Halte Relais" where those with Alzheimer's, but more particularly their carers, can meet up.
There is currently little English-language support for those with Alzheimers, or associated conditions, in Lot-et-Garonne, so this will be an opportunity to find out not only what the Dordogne Group can provide, but also how we could extend the available services to our department.