WHILE the Winter Equinox heralds the creeping return of longer, warmer days and hopefully welcome rain, an old gardening adage states that the sap begins to rise after 15 July as plants ready themselves to herald in the spring.Greytown Garden Club president, Jen Cowie says: "As gardeners, we should welcome the season's slower pace because it affords one time to plan and plant for the glorious, heady profusion of spring and summer. This is also the time to reflect, contemplate changes and explore exciting new trends to enhance and develop our gardens.”Popular and dynamic gardening guru, Alida Oosthuisen of Tuinhuis Garden Centre, will be sowing new ideas into the old gardens of Umvoti district when she addresses the third, quarter Greytown Garden Club meeting on Tuesday 8 August. This meeting, starting at 9am with registration, is to be hosted at Hesslewood, the home of John, Lee, Jess and Matt Odendaal son the Mooi River road three kilometres out of Greytown (venue will be sign-posted).The topic for the meeting is “new tricks for old gardeners”, and in her indomitably enthusiastic style, Alida is sure to bring a plethora of inspiring and exciting fresh ideas to all who attend. As always guests are most welcome to attend and discover the fascinating world of gardening. Because this meeting is to be held at a private home, members and guests are reminded to bring chairs to sit on during the presentation.Contrary to populist legend, one does not have to be an "accomplished gardener" to belong to garden club. The concept of an "accomplished gardener" is actually a fallacy, as we are all constantly learning and sharing new ideas, trends and styles of gardening. This is what makes Greytown Garden Club the dynamic entity it is as is evident in our celebration of 121 years of gardening in Umvoti.The garden club committee and the Odendaal family look forward to welcoming members past, present and potential to this special meeting. Please contact Jen Cowie on 082 921 2134 for more information.