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.
Troy returns to Sissinghurst
Troy Scott Smith, who has been leading the horticultural renewal of the Mediterranean-style Harold Peto gardens at Iford Manor garden since July 2019 is to leave and return to Sissinghurst Castle gardens at the end of August. Troy trained at Sissinghurst at the start of his career and was head gardener there from 2013 for six years. Both Iford Manor and Sissinghurst are notable for their Mediterranean elements. The picture shows part of the manor house. Harold Peto (1854 – 1933) created some of the finest gardens in England. He lived at Iford Manor in his later years and was an architect and garden designer favouring the Italian style.
Insight on Armenia
California Horticultural Society, our sister organisation, invited members to an online meeting with an illustrated lecture “Armenia: Nature and Climate” by guest speaker Tamar Galstyan (pictured here with Onobrychis cornuta). Tamar has explored the exceptionally diverse flora of her native country and her book A Field Guide to the Plants of Armenia was published at the end of 2021. The meeting on Monday 19 July was recorded and may be viewed on YouTube. MPG plans to repeat its 2015 field trip to Armenia soon and this will be led by Dr Anna Asatryan of the Armenian Institute of Botany.
See also the report of the 2015 trip.
MPG at Sissinghurst garden opening
Sissinghurst’s Greece-inspired garden officially opened on 1 July; MPG member Saffron Prentis was the National Trust lead gardener in the project. The planting was envisaged by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson more than 85 years ago after visiting the island of Delos in the Aegean. More than 6,000 perennials typical of Greece and the wider Mediterranean have been introduced, along with pomegranate, cork oak and cypress trees. Saffron says it is experimental since many of the plants would naturally go through summer dormancy to cope with drought and heat. Sue Tymon, MPG chairman, represented MPG at the opening.