Country Gardener

Widely regarded as the authority on gardening in the south west


A natural born gardener!

Wed, 20/03/2013 - 16:21 Post author: gemmastringer

Neil Lucas, owner of the acclaimed Knoll Gardens and nursery in Dorset talks to Alan Lewis about his long term aims of helping others create sustainable, wildlife friendly, beautiful gardens

Neil Lucas raises his hand about three feet from the ground and admits: ”I wanted to be a gardener since I was this high.”

“It was the only thing for me and I never changed my mind."

The childhood ambition has turned into a remarkable horticultural success story.

The wooden shed - part of British culture

Wed, 20/03/2013 - 15:55 Post author: gemmastringer

It seems if there’s one thing most gardeners want it’s a wooden garden shed. It’s top of the wanted purchases list for 2013.

It’s a new season so is it time for something ‘extra’ in the garden?

Top of the list of gardeners’ wishes for 2013 it seems are either a garden shed or some new garden furniture.

Award winning garden takes shape

Wed, 20/03/2013 - 15:47 Post author: gemmastringer

Peter and Sylvia Goodenough’s garden in Langport is already being transformed into a garden fit to be open to the public

Work is under way on Peter and Sylvia Goodenough’s garden which won the Country Gardener competition prize of a £10,000 Fat Leaf garden makeover. They were chosen as the winners because of their passion for their garden, their skill in horticulture and their ambition for their garden.

The Japanese Water Iris – ideally suited to the soggy south-west

Wed, 20/03/2013 - 15:35 Post author: gemmastringer

The Japanese Iris was very popular but fell out of favour. In recent years they have returned to the limelight with many modern cultivars being bred in the United States.

There must surely be an iris for every taste, with between 260-300 species and thousands of cultivars and varieties to choose from.


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