The Laskett

'They who plant a garden, plant happiness' The Laskett, Sir Roy Strong's garden in Herefordshire is the largest private formal garden to be created in England since 1945.  It is open to prebooked parties and Wendy Bentall managed to get a slot for members of the Surrey group to visit this iconic garden.  Inspired by …

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In the wake of the torch

I first met David and Marjorie Goodchild in 2007 when I had just joined Plant Heritage and our Hampton Court Palace Flower Show exhibit was 'ROSACEAE'.  To demonstrate the breadth of this plant family the display featured  roses, (obviously) along with apples, pears, cherries, blackberries, geums, alchemillas and David's speciality - potentillas which had been lent …

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Plant Heritage at BBC Gardeners World Live Show 2012

Our West Midlands group in conjunction with some National Plant Collection holders produced the Plant Heritage display at the BBC Gardeners World Live Show 2012, held at the NEC Birmingham. A dedicated band of volunteers led by Madeleine Jones helped put the show together offering a unique range of plants for sale, along with a …

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‘Silverwood’

Geranium nodosum ‘Silverwood’ purchased last summer when I visited Rachel Etheridge’s National Collection in Weardale and doing well in my sunny dry garden. Later in the year when I was reviewing the plant list submitted by Joan Taylor in her application for NC status, I noticed this name and that Joan had introduced this cultivar.  …

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“Here at Barnsdale………”

Can you read that title without hearing the familiar tones of Geoff Hamilton on Gardener's World?  Presenter on the programme from 1979 until his death in 1996, he was responsible for moving the show's venue to his own garden at Barnsdale  and creating the many individual gardens to demonstrate styles of gardening and size of pocket.  Dubbed 'the People's …

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