Gardening - All hands (regular outings)
The group visits gardens, plant fairs and places of garden interest throughout the year. We use WhatsApp for garden picture and tips sharing on an ad-hoc basis. New members always welcome.
The group visited the most amazing private garden in North London on August 24th. It was supposed to be a 12 minute walk from Highgate Tube, way up on the Northern line. But turned out rather longer as we followed Google Maps suggestion of a short cut through woods.
We had to call the Mona, the garden owner to find us and direct us to her garden, bless her she did. But the effort was worth it. Mona holds one of the UK’s National Collections of plants; her choice and passion are Corokia. You’ve probably never heard of them, a New Zealand species, shrubs or small trees with zigzagging branches. In fact, Corokia cotoneaster is commonly known as wire-netting bush. They really do have a charm of their own and could be an alternative to Box, as they do not suffer from the diseases which are ruining all our Box bushes.
The work and effort she has put into her garden are an inspiration, if somewhat daunting to us ordinary mortals. When she passes, the garden and house will be left to a plant charity called Perennial, who will carry on looking after the collection.
Our next outing will be a coach trip to Beth Chatto’s garden in Essex on September 15th with a guided tour of the gardens. Places are still available.
Outings and garden visits on varying days at various locations.
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