Happily, it was a lovely day when the Hardy Plant Society Mid-Atlantic Group came to Brush Hill and. after touring the garden, enjoyed a box lunch picnic. Janice Thomas organized the event and the group came mostly from Pennsylvania and Delaware where my husband grew up. They arrived in a huge bus that somehow roared by my garden gate but eventually turned around and it all worked out. It was a delight to be with such enthusiastic and knowledgeable gardeners. Janice is shown above with Charlie in his favorite role — pouring wine for everyone — along with me. I have been a member for years and was particularly happy to meet Jim Bobb who has run their seed exchange for many years. I have always contributed and so appreciated receiving seeds in the exchange contributed by others.
I was so happy that everyone felt at home enough to spread out and enjoy their lunch throughout the garden. Janice choice a hard stonewall while several others enjoyed the comfortable seats in the Folly. Then many other intrepid souls also endured sitting on stone walls!