The Shenstone Theatre saw a full house for the May demonstration and plant sale.

Mrs Celia Wilkie gave club notices including mention of the event on June 9 which promises to be a good evening when Mrs Sue Blandford will present ‘Colours Rich and Glorious’ at the Cornbow Hall at 7.30pm. Doors open at 6.30pm.

There will be cards, plants and a charity tombola in aid of Help for Heroes. Admission is £7. Tickets available on 0121 550 2190 or 6640.

Celia then introduced Michael Kemp (Chirk), demonstrator for the evening. This was his first visit to Halesowen and his subject was ‘The Wonders of Amateur Dramatics’.

He is the gardener of two large estates and is involved in amateur dramatics. This made for a lively evening with his insight into the theatrical world. He had a dry laid-back sense of humour and this continually came through during the evening.

‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ was his first interpretation and this was achieved using a figurine to hold flowers in creams and pink which would be suitable for Lady Brecknell's coffee table. ‘Lord Arthur Saville's Crime’ was depicted by an exploding bomb design in reds and yellows, followed by ‘Arcadia’ in lime green and purple.

‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’ was suggested by a woodland scene in green and white. ‘Equus’ and ‘Loot’ were also portrayed using appropriate colours and accessories.

Michael is very knowledgeable about garden history and talked of various ages of design and style.This had been a very entertaining happy evening for everyone and should he give up the day job there may be a chance for him as a stand-up comedian. A complimentary vote of thanks was given by Mrs Hazel Knowles on behalf of the club.