THE weather was hot, the garden exquisite, and the ambiance fun-filled and festive for Greytown Garden Club’s final meeting for 2018, hosted last Tuesday at “Fiddlewood”, home of Greytown’s leading couple of hospitality and culinary creation, Mike and Trish Barrow. Pursuing the theme “Festive Flair”, Trish conjured up a selection of fuss-free dishes to delight the palate. These ranged from a snack of nuts roasted with black salt, dusted with icing sugar; baked Camembert cheeses served with jar baked breads, and culminated in a crescendo of different ice-creams including a subtly infused basil ice-cream. Trish’s culinary art was supported by the inspiring and talented Karien Crowe, who prepared and demonstrated a breath-taking selection of Christmas wreath ideas with which to decorate the home with at this time of festivity and welcoming guests to the home. The large group of members and guests, including a number of residents of Arcadia and Concordia, were greeted at registration with a delicious fruit punch and succulent slices of fruit cake prepared by Ruth Drew. Before proceedings began, attendees enjoyed the opportunity to wander around the magnificent indigenous garden that reflects host Mike Barrow’s artistic bent. In keeping with the trend toward conscious living, many of the ideas shared by both Trish and Crowe reflected on the use of recycled, up-cycled items, or drew from the abundance of natural material so readily available. The ideas shared proved that breathtakingly beautiful decorations can be created without expense, all it takes is to contemplate mundane materials with an open mind. Who would believe that discarded Weaver’s nests, seed pods, lengths of vine, and scraps of material could be woven together to create a magnificent centrepiece fit to decorate any home? After the meeting, all who attended were able to sample the delectable treats and examine, at close quarters, the beautiful wreaths, gleaning ideas to apply at home. As a take-home gift, members and guests were given a Panini bread to enjoy at home. These were a generous donation from Aheer’s Multisave in-store bakery, who also baked the delicious Ciabatta and Panini with which the baked Camembert cheeses were served.The Greytown Garden Committee wishes all members and those who supported the flourishing organisation the gifts of love, peace and joy this Christmas.