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Kew Gardens and Chelsea Physic Garden Visit

KewPopping up to London to see a friend I took the opportunity to visit two gardens that I can thoroughly recommend. I have been to both before, and returning I found both had changed and both felt fresh and interesting. It was, of course, autumn which put a little bit of a dampener on things but not much, both gardens had aged well through the seasons and besides most of the excitement goes on in my head anyway as I consider the possibilities offered for my own plots. Read More

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Pan Global Plants

I’ve seen this place signposted for some time, a brown “tourism” sign that says “special plants” on the A38 south of Gloucester. A sign that says “special plants” would normally pull me straight over, screeching to a halt in the car park and brandishing my credit cards, but for some reason I have held off for what is probably a couple of years. The only times I have ever passed the area have been days when I have been on duty, at work, and the place is about 25 miles from Bristol, where I live. Well I am on summer holidays, not going abroad, and I am a gardener who fancies an afternoon out – what could be better than going to a place called “special plants”? Read More

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Trinity Road Community Garden, Easton, Bristol (Updated)

Updated with photographs

Previously posted May 6, 2013.

It was March the first time I visited this garden and the first thing that struck me was the warmth in the polytunnel. Polytunnels are not the most beautiful of things from the outside, but they are beautiful on the inside, beautiful in the sense that they create a fine environment and reward human beings with their marvellous functionality. Like making it feel like the south of France in late spring when it is march in cold England. Their grape vine (inside the polytunnel) was in leaf, an amazing site to my horticulturally starved eyes. There was also lots of mustard and other leaf vegetables in an advanced state of development. Read More

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Dave’s Nursery

[mappress mapid=”9″]I was driving past a field near Frenchay in Bristol and spotted a sign for a nursery (see map). The nursery for which this sign appertained was one of bedding plants, cheap and cheerful but not really my cup of tea. I was about to leave when I spotted another set of polytunnels further on, and so I investigate. I find an Eleagnus Ebbingei, so far so good. I look some more and find some wisterias (nitrogen fixing ornamentals) and some large perpetual sweet peas (the same). Read More

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Special Plants Nursery, Marshfield

[mappress mapid=”8″]I am a regular here because it is a nursery that sells plants that are very special, to me at least. It is in a pretty location up on Lansdown, between Bristol and Bath. It is hard to say what the nursery specialises in but I have bought quite a few plants there. Here’s a list of some of them: Read More

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Jekka McVicar’s Herb Farm

I didn’t take any photos because in the past Jekka only opened her farm three or four times a year so the place really hadn’t occurred to me as a location for ‘places of interest’. I got there on Friday to discover that Jekka is opening the place every Friday over spring and summer (except May which they need to prepare for Chelsea) and running courses on Saturdays. This is good news as Jekka stocks a lot of plants you won’t find anywhere else, though if you can’t make it on Fridays you can buy online here. Read More

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Tyntesfield

Tyntesfield Decorative Kitchen Garden

Tyntesfield Decorative Kitchen Garden

Tyntesfield is a National Trust site and therefore well kept and picturesque. It is also very expensive to enter. It also airbrushes out the lives of real people. For example, this particular site has within living memory been handed over to the NT, and the subjection of a rural working class by its landed masters is still remembered. However judging by the huge illustrated displays you would have thought everything was like a particularly pleasant episode of upstairs downstairs. No I tell a lie, there was one panel that explained why animal bones were found under the floorboards in the toilets – the servants were stealing away with the scraps from the masters table and hiding the evidence. Can you imagine being that hungry? Read More

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Hanham Court, Hanham, Bristol

This is another site we often bring visitors to. It does, however, cost £6.50 to get in. It has changed hands, apparently, and this has told on both the quality of the planting (which is not quite as Chelsea as it was before) and by the owner (or one of her apparatchiks) following me around making sure I wasn’t stealing anything. This is, of course, the only posh half acre in Hanham so the poor darlings probably have a siege mentality by now. There is a tea room. Read More

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Barley Wood Walled Garden, Wrington, North Somerset

Barley Wood is pretty, close to Bristol and free to get in which means when we get visitors in the summer we take them here. It also has a café and toilets. For those with an interest in British gardening, the walled garden has a mystique, even though we are talking here about vegetables. Very pretty vegetables though. Read More

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Sheepdrove Herb Garden, Lambourn Berkshire

These short videos are tests really, but give you a flavour of a really nice garden we visited last year called Sheepdrove near Lambourn in Berkshire. It was designed by the Herbmeister Jekka McVicar. Read More

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