One of the first MPG members to arrive was Nancy Ball, there on the dot of 6.30am, to enter the grounds in the peace and quiet of dawn, an hour and a half before the huge rush at the normal opening time for RHS members. Nancy is a professional gardener in Eastbourne. Apart from these privileged ticket-holders avoiding crowds, they had the added benefit of a Champagne breakfast in the restaurant. They were taken up by 20 members.
Sicily tour dates set
We are delighted to advise that new dates have been announced for the postponed trip to Eastern Sicily – Wednesday 11 May to Wednesday 18 May 2022. Click here for further details.
Gardens in the centre of Oxford
Members visited the Oxford Botanic Garden and the gardens of Merton College, Oxford on 18 August. The weather was perfect and members appreciated the tours by Mark Brent, curator, and Chris Thorogood, head of science, both of the Oxford Botanic, then a delicious picnic lunch and exploration of Merton guided by head gardener, Lucille Savin.
The Naturally Beautiful Garden
We are pleased to advise that MPG member Kathryn Bradley Hole has a released a new book ‘The Naturally beautiful Garden’. It showcases the beauty and visual impact produced by ecologically friendly garden design principles which chimes well with the recent AGM lecture by Alastair Little on the natural environment. Kathryn aims to showcase gardens and spaces that have embraced nature in an ecologically sensitive way. The book features essays discussing important topics, illustrated with stunning photographs and features a wide range of spaces, from public green spaces through to cottage gardens over a wide range of climates and soils. We wish Kathryn much success with her very topical and timely publication.
Member Mellie Lewis wins Silver gilt at RHS Hampton Court show
When I became NC holder of Aeoniums doors opened up under the Plant Heritage flag and in 2021 I was able to show off my precious plants Hampton Court. It meant I could show the public the species from each a Canary Island and highlight how threatened they are by climate change, tourism and loss of habitat. This was the first ever RHS exhibit of just Aeonium species. When I arrived on the Tuesday morning to find a silver gilt medal I was pretty chuffed and I felt proud for my plants.
Allotments at Hampton Court
The Friends of Ascott Allotments in Ealing, West London, won the top award at the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival this year in a larger-than-ever allotment-focussed area. Their exhibit had a Mediterranean flavour with an olive oil can of violas. There were talks and demonstrations from groups and individuals throughout the week. The Ascott project was designed by a small group of women gardeners to represent all aspects of allotments and was supported by MPG member Stephen Cole who grew many of the plants and we thank him for this picture.