Garden club talk on Sir Patrick Geddes

The Big Dig.
The Big Dig.

The Friockheim and District Garden Club met on Wednesday, October 8 in Friockheim School.

There was the usual autumn plant swap.

The guest speaker was Mr Matthew Jarron, curator of the Sir D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson Museum in the University of Dundee. He gave a most interesting illustrated talk about Sir Patrick Geddes, a biologist, sociologist, geographer, philanthropist and town planner, who was professor of Botany at University College, Dundee from 1888 to 1919. Geddes was born in Ballater in 1854 and educated at Perth Academy. From 1874 to 1877 he studied at the Royal College of Mines in London where he was influenced by T H Huxley and met Charles Darwin. He demonstrated in Botany at Edinburgh University from 1880 to 1888 before moving to Dundee. From 1919 to 1924 he occupied the chair of Sociology at the University of Bombay. His interest in Town Planning led to projects in Bombay, Edinburgh and a plan for the new city of Tel Aviv. He founded the Scots College in Montpellier, France, where he died in 1932.

A vote of thanks was proposed by Tom Carcary. The next meeting is on November 12 when the guest speaker will be Mr Andrew Steven who will give a talk on potatoes.