At our April meeting we were treated to a really informative and interesting talk by renowned specialist gardener, Rosy Hardy of Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plant Nursery.
Rosy has won 22 Chelsea gold medals, amongst many others, and so knows what she is talking about. The nursery offers over 1400 varieties of plants which are all grown outside in Hampshire, and so they are hardy by nature as well as by name!
We were particularly pleased that Rosy brought us seasonal plants to see and learn about, many of which were in flower and which included some lovely shrubs and perennials many of which were just in flower. Hardy’s grow in a 100% peat free environment and grow all their own plants so we were able to learn many tips from their experience – such as planting close and not staking; always trying to grow from cuttings, even if only one survives; and if buying or growing three of something, putting them in different parts of the garden to see where they thrive best.
At the end of the session we were able to buy the plants at very good prices – it was like the Chelsea sell-off! We also bought signed copies of Rosy’s latest book detailing her life over 25 years at Chelsea, interspersed with some great growing hints and tips and suggestions for planting in all areas of the garden, including difficult places and conditions. To learn more go to www.hardysplants.co.uk. At gardening club we had a behind-the-scenes-tour of the nursery last year and so we can also recommend a visit – take an empty car……
Join us on May 3rd for our AGM – or see more about our plans for the year on the village website www.edingtonwiltshire.org.uk
Sandie Lewis Club Secretary 01380 830722