The Fenland Group of the Hardy Plant Society are holding their spring Rare Plant Fair at Swines Meadow Farm Nursery in Market Deeping from 10am–2.30pm on Sunday 19 April 2015 with about 8 specialist visiting nursery stalls expected to attend. Free admission; free parking. HPS members will be on hand to offer help and advice. Download poster (pdf)
The Fenland HPS now regularly hold their meetings at the nursery, SLGS committee member, nursery-owner Colin Ward tells me, and an added attraction, the day before, Saturday 18 April at 2 for 2.30pm, is an HPS talk by John Amos on Winter Interest and Fragrant Shrubs, Colin points out. (Actually, if you time it right, you could just about get to it from Jackie Murray’s Rare Plant Sale in Little Bytham, perhaps even fitting in a quick diversion into Rasells’ excellent nursery in LB, too! Make a day of it!)
Johnnie Amos presents BBC Radio Northamptonshire’s Green Welly Show every Sunday, between midday and 2pm. His passion and inspiration for horticulture began at the age of six in East Sussex, in gardens that had been planted by Prince Munster, a German prince, in the 1850’s, only for him to return to Germany at the outbreak of the first world war on account of political sensitivities. The specimens he had planted rivaled many botanical gardens, including a ‘golden oak’ (Quercus robur ‘Concordia’).
Johnnie has opened his garden for The National Gardens Scheme. In 2004, he was a finalist for the BBC Gardener of the Year. As a garden designer, he has been involved in and designed gardens as varied as a 40-acre country house garden to terrace and balcony gardens in Primrose Hill, Chelsea and Kensington. Johnnie has been the BBC horticultural expert ‘stand-in’ on the Anna Murby show and at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Johnnie believes we never stop learning and with the organic garden movement gaining pace, it’s an important opportunity for all to be conscious of the damage caused by chemical intervention and he is therefore in favour of more environmentally friendly options such as the implementation of biological controls and natural predators.
Swines Meadow Farm Nursery
47 Towngate East, Market Deeping, Peterborough PE6 8LQ
TEL: 01778 343340