Chrysanthemums with Judy Barker on Radio 4

Today (April 8th) at 11am, Radio 4 aired a programme on Chrysanthemums which featured one of our members, Judy Barker. The programme is available to listen on iPlayer here. The BBC description of the show is this: Gorgeous, medicinal and edible, Chrysanthemums come with whole worlds in their blossoms. Jools Gilson pursues these remarkable plants from herContinue reading “Chrysanthemums with Judy Barker on Radio 4”

2013 Christmas Party with Fergus Garrett

The annual Christmas party was very popular this year, the hall filled with members and visitors to hear an energetic talk from Fergus about the importance of contrast in colour and form in the gardens at Great Dixter. His message at the beginning was to ignore the “good taste brigade” and do your own thingContinue reading “2013 Christmas Party with Fergus Garrett”

Members Garden Appearance in Hertfordshire Life (The De Baat’s)

In this months October edition of Hertfordshire Life is a feature on Adrian and Clare De Baat’s garden in Digswell Road WGC. The photos are by Adrian himself. The De Baat’s garden is next open on Sunday October 20th between 2 and 5pm; details can be seen at the NGS page or at Adriaan’s ownContinue reading “Members Garden Appearance in Hertfordshire Life (The De Baat’s)”

Visiting Marina Christopher at Phoenix Perennials, September 2013

After a week’s holiday in a cottage nestled in the dunes of Whitesand Bay at the very tip of Cornwall, I was keen to drop into Phoenix Perennials, near Alton in Hampshire, on the long drive home.  Some weeks before, I had been trying to get hold of Persicaria ‘Dikke Floskes’, a particularly rich coloured,Continue reading “Visiting Marina Christopher at Phoenix Perennials, September 2013”

The English Garden Magazine Features a Members Garden

Last summer, shortly after our NGS opening in July, we were visited by Marianne Majerus who photographed the garden in the afternoon light. Marianne showed the photos to The English Garden magazine and the result is a feature in the September issue, including the front page (see below).  In all good newsagents now! Marion JayContinue reading “The English Garden Magazine Features a Members Garden”

Autumn 2013 Newsletter Now Available (Issue 50)

The autumn 2013 newsletter is now on the website in PDF format, go to: . You will need the password to access the latest issue. The previous newsletter from Spring 2013 is now open for public access and can also be accessed via the link above. The Editor is always keen to hear feedback and suggestionsContinue reading “Autumn 2013 Newsletter Now Available (Issue 50)”

Hampton Court Flower Show | 2013

Marion & I visited the show yesterday, it was hot and crowded but full of amazing displays. Annie was awarded a Silver-Gilt for Daisy Roots, which was well deserved. The show gardens varied in excitement, the best appeared to be the last, the concept being the cycle of destruction from a fire with regrowth. TheContinue reading “Hampton Court Flower Show | 2013”