I am delighted to say, I’ve been asked by Wellow Horticultural Society to be a Judge in their Best Garden Contest

Wellow Horticultural Society

Wellow Horticultural Society

NEW! WELLOW BEST GARDEN AWARDS & ANNUAL GARDEN PARTY 6TH JULY 2019

Best Garden Awards

We are delighted to present this new event. The entry form is self-explanatory.

Follow the link below for the entry form, with all the details you need:

2019  Wellow Best Garden Awards Entry Form

The judge, Wayne Amiel (the BBC’s current Gardener of the Year) is not expecting you to spend the next few weeks weeding. He wants to see your gardens just as they would have been, with or without his visit. That may or may not include having been weeded!

You will see there are a few exclusions – we can’t accept entries if you live outside the Parish Boundaries, for example, nor if you are a professional gardener or landscaper (sorry!!). See entry form for further details.

We hope you will all join in the fun, members and non-members alike. Free entry. Awards will be presented at the Annual Garden Party (see below for details of this).

Garden Party

This will be held from 6.30pm-9.00pm the same day (there is a £5 charge for non-members attending the Garden Party). This will be held at Manor Barn, Farm Lane. Many thanks to Annie and David Scotland who are our hosts for the evening.

Any queries to avril.greig2@btinternet.com

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I’m BBC’s Gardeners’ World Magazine, 2018 garden of the year!

It was announced today that Alan Titchmarsh, Diarmuid Gavin and Kate Gould have unanimously voted my garden as  BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, Garden of the Year 2018.  I’m thrilled and overwhelmed.  Read all about it at https://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/garden-of-the-year/ and in the November Issue of Gardeners’ World magazine.

My garden in Gardeners’ World magazine.

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My return to Blogging

As I return to Blogging, I wrestled with where to start. So I’ll start by explaining the reason for my long absence is because last year (2018) I’d taken on an Allotment.

Having an allotment has been so exciting, as I’ve never really grown vegetables before.  Whilst it exciting it’s also terrifying, as I really don’t know what I’m doing. But thus fard it’s been great fun

last year i grew tropical vegetables. Such Capsicum, Chillies, Sweet potatoes, Pak Choi, Sweet Corn, Callaloo along more traditional Tomatoes, Beetroot, Spring onions, Peas, Potatoes, French beans, Purple Broccoli, Asparagus and Raspberries

I’m busy making plans for this year, 2019

Dyffryn Gardens

Owned by
National Trust

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Designed By 
Thomas Mawson

Dyffryn Gardens are a peaceful oasis on the outskirts of Cardiff, boasts 55 acres of exceptional Edwardian garden design with the unique Victorian Dyffryn House situated at the heart of the property. Considered by Cadw to be the best Edwardian gardens in Wales, the National Trust site features a stunning collection of intimate garden rooms, formal lawns and glasshouse showcasing an impressive cactus and orchid collection.

The kitchen gardens provide a bountiful harvest of fruit and vegetables that supply the on-site cafés. The striking great lawn, which can be seen in all its glory from the upstairs of Dyffryn House, flows from the property’s croquet lawn, which is kept to international competition standards. Offering an exotic feel to the gardens with all-year-round colour is the 22-acre arboretum on the east side of the property, holding one of the most significant collections of trees in the National Trust. This substantial tree garden is undergoing development as part of a five-year revival project to protect unique and rare specimen trees within the arboretum, including a number of Champion Trees.

Open from 10am every day except for Christmas and Boxing Day, there is ample opportunity to explore the gardens with their experimental themes, taste the produce in the cafés and shop at reception. A regular programme of events also means that there are plenty of things to see and do.

Looking beyond the botanical displays, you’ll see evidence of the garden design of eminent landscape architect, Thomas Mawson, who was commissioned in 1903 by John Cory, a coal entrepreneur and important figure in South Wales during the Victorian era. The originality of the garden’s arrangement was due to Mawson’s collaboration with Reginald Cory, John’s son, who was a passionate plantsman and funded several plant hunting trips across the world.

Dyffryn Fernant, Fishguard Pembrokeshire

Stephen Anderton, of The Times calls Dyffryn Fernant, in Fishguard Pembrokeshire a collection of beautifully conceived gardens. It a number of small gardens within a large garden and the results are simply stunning. 

The owner says; she’s started from a complete wilderness in 1996 and was thinking only of having a ‘Front’ and Kitchen garden. Thankfully for us she went beyond her initial idea.  What I really liked about this garden was the mixture of naturalistic planting as well as the exotic and the very stylised.

It was such a welcoming garden and its tone is set by the honest system for paying one’s entry fee. A system, that always gets my vote. As member a RHS member, I didn’t have to pay but I did pay as I want to support this wonderful garden.

I loved so many elements of the garden. I loved the many varied sitting places that not only invite you to take your time but as with all sitting areas you get to see the gardens from different angles, which often give a totally different perspective.

I would urge anyone visiting Pembrokeshire to visit Dyffryn Fernant in Fishguard.

See link: http://www.dyffrynfernant.co.uk/

.. and with Robert Elms on BBC Radio London

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.. and back on BBC Radio Four this morning..

 

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With Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio London

25th October 2018

Evening Standard 25th October 2018

My Garden is going to be on BBC 2, Gardeners’ World on Friday 3rd August 18 at the slightly later time of 9 pm

Radio Times

here it is ..!