At the February meeting of Aldersbrook Horticultural Society, Myanah Saunders, a gardener friend from Forest Gate spoke about how she had created a new garden from scratch after moving into a smaller property with a smaller garden. It was fascinating to listen to how she planned her garden, anticipating what her garden needed to be like as she got older. She had raised beds put in to make planting and weeding easier and several arches to add height and interest to her garden. She also introduced artificial grass to reduce the need for mowing. As well as talking about her new garden Myanah gave us many interesting facts about who gardens and why and how they garden. She also gave us a potted history of gardening from gardening during Egyptian times to the present day accompanied by some colourful slides. Myanah is heavily involved in the Forest Gate Community Garden and she was able to update us on events happening in that garden, which we recommend that people visit.