For the rain it raineth every day…

….but if you’ve been in horticulture for 50 years like Alan Titchmarsh, then you have the power to stop it – as demonstrated today at our exclusive event at Longstock.

But starting at the beginning – the team arrive early to prepare

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The Longstock team, Harko and Andy checking in with Joanna

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Mike Kelly and Chris Mitchell, the boys from Brother, arrive with brollies

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Alan Titchmarsh arrives

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The blue group go off to the Water Garden and Rob Ballard tells them some of the history of the place

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Enjoying the sunshine

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Islands to be visited

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Colourful stems

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and lofty bamboos

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Ladies from Winchester taking a break

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Not a slug in sight

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Making a bid in the silent auction of plants

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“How many of these unusual beauties can I fit into my garden?”

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Going well, the team relaxes a little

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The red group arrive back from their tractor tour

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Peter Moore from Longstock and Buddleja specialist who developed new cultivars represented in the National Plant Collection of Buddleja

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Meeting the guests

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“What’s the difference between a 50 Euro note and a tenner?”  Answers on a postcard….

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Conducting the weather and calming the deafening storm

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Now the serious stuff.  Going into gardening as a career doesn’t mean 50 years of weeding and Alan talks about the 60 different types of work covered by the word horticulture. He exhorts the audience to go back and inspire the next generation.

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Thanks to our sponsors for the Day; Brother UK, NFU Mutual, Waitrose, ECT Travel , Globus Showa gloves and of course to the amazing team at Longstock.  If you were there you can read more about our Threatened Plants Appeal in the leaflet in your pink bag and if you weren’t, get in touch with us to find out more.  01483 447540 or info@plantheritage.org.uk

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3 Responses to For the rain it raineth every day…

  1. Great day! Thank you. See my blog…

  2. Really glad the day went well and pleased to have been able to support it.

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