Turn One Rose Bush Into Many Rose Bushes!



Horticulture runs deep in the veins of Vyvian White who, with wife Vivienne, has returned to Ireland after running a successful landscape company in southern France for the past decade. White’s grandfather established Eastwood Nurseries in the 1940s at the family home, Eastwood House in Carlow, taking a much-coveted Royal Horticultural Award at Chelsea in 1950 for his Dahlia cultivars Eastwood Glory – called after his home – and Richenda, the cultivar named after his daughter, White’s aunt. Furthermore, and a coincidence in keeping with horticultural themes, White’s great grandmother was the Hon Eileen Flower, and the last of the Flower family to inhabit Castle Durrow in Carlow, which was built by his ancestor Colonel William Flower, Baron of Castle Durrow.

Sustainable gardening tips, plant sale set at Central Park Gardens

Local residents are invited to celebrate the nine-year anniversary of the Central Park Gardens at the annual open house and plant sale on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your plant and insect questions for garden volunteers, University of California Master Gardeners and expert entomologists to answer. Spin the UC integrated pest management prize wheel and learn about beneficial insects, integrated pest management and less toxic methods of pest control. Other learning topics include drip irrigation, growing edibles and selecting drought-tolerant plants. The plant sale will feature a variety of drought-tolerant succulents, grasses, bulbs, natives and perennials, as well as a broad selection of fall vegetables, flowers and herbs. Plus, free flower seeds will be available for all.

Savannah garden club brings 'First Ladies of Gardening' to Hostess City

Savannah’s own Seeds and Weeds Garden Club is hosting its first public fundraiser with a rare opportunity to interact with esteemed British gardeners Heidi Howcroft and Alexandra Messervy.

Howcroft is of German and English descent and resides in a 17th-century farmhouse in Somerset, England, where she allots a great deal of time to tending her cottage garden. As a landscape architect with vast knowledge in modern and historical landscapes, Howcroft is the author of more than 25 books and the leader of specialty garden tours in Europe. “Coming to the U.S. all started out like one of those ideas you have over a cup of coffee or tea,” Howcroft said. “I have close links with Alexandra from the English Manner organization which deals with etiquette and decorum. We were chatting and she saw my latest book and said, ‘This would be so interesting to take to the States!’”

Garden book bites: The idea of allergy-free gardening

Sally and George Peterson are DIY gardeners who have transformed a rough hillside with a lake view into a tree-laden landscape with organic vegetables and herbs growing in raised planter beds and a greenhouse. On their Ashland property, 225 trees, mostly native and drought tolerant, provide shade, fall color and berries for birds. They have also planted 200 shrubs and 3,000 bulbs, and installed a filter system to catch rainwater. We gave Sally Peterson a stack of garden-related books and asked her if the information would help other DIYers in the Pacific Northwest. Here is one of her reviews:

Waitrose cheque for Gillingham Gardening Club

Diz Morley, treasurer, and others from the Gillingham Gardening Society committee, accepting a cheque from Simon Walton of Asda Supermarket. Gillingham Gardening Society was delighted to receive a cheque from Asda as a result of the green token scheme run in the Gillingham store. Following a very interesting talk about the wildflowers we can find in North Dorset and further afield in the county, Simon Walton, from Asda, came to the group's meeting to present the cheque to the club.

The Gardening Society meets every second Wednesday in the month, in the afternoons, at the Royal British Legion Hall in School Lane. For more information about the group, please contact the secretary on 01747 826007.



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