Garden description: Our garden has been developed not planned, over the last twelve years, it’s not a big garden 15ft wide by 80ft long, divided into three rooms. Traditional front garden, lawn with border all around showcasing a range of herbaceous and rhododendrons, leading to garden at rear door this is a gravel area but covered with a range of pots, containers and hanging baskets showing what can be grown in pots, Rose’s, herbaceous, shrubs then the hidden garden as you venture up the side of the shed you enter the hidden garden, trees, and our interpretation of a cottage style garden, herbaceous borders, rhododendrons, and the last small section greenhouse and most important compost heaps The garden demonstrates the range of hardy plants that can be grown in our area, with over 600 different plants, over 200 pots and containers, 30 hanging baskets it’s an oasis for wildlife, from hedgehogs, deer and foxes, birds nesting and visiting, bees including a hive in an old nest box and thousands of bees visiting every day during the summer

Who are the gardeners? Tom Williamson, Tom has sight problems with ongoing glaucoma but does not stop him enjoying his garden, he has stayed in the house for over 34 years but spent last 12 creating the garden

Why do you garden? To promote and encourage others with similar small gardens to try growing different plants in different styles

How has gardening impacted you during this time? We created a facebook page now with over 3000 member with half from outwith the UK. Many from America Canada and Australia, during lockdown many were new and we posted hints, tips, guides to plants, etc, members question members pictures a friendly page for gardeners of all levels, helping us get through but helping 3000 others who have a love for plants

What do you have in your garden? It’s mostly herbaceous perennials with hundreds on show, roses climbing, half standards and shrub roses, range of rhododendrons, trees and shrubs sadly we only grow tomatoes and rhubarb

Do you have any problems with disease or pests? If so, how are you dealing with this problem? We encourage wildlife birds, bees wasps and companion planting we are lucky that the area beyond the garden is a nature reserve so many wildflowers native to our area grow and we find they attract the pest and diseases helping keep garden free without the use chemicals

 

 

 

 

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