Visiting gardens, real and virtual

Most gardeners love getting a sneaky peak at other people’s plots. Sometimes its a famous garden like Sissinghurst or Wisley but the most inspiring visits are often the local gardens that belong to our friends and neighbours. You can get to understand what grows in similar soil to your own as well as new planting …

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Virtual (and real) gardening

1. Practical gardening at our next virtual meeting Our next meeting on 2nd June will feature a series of practical gardening clips with a chance for discussion after each. Subjects include clematis, dead heading roses, the Chelsea chop and how to sharpen secateurs. An invitation has been sent to members but please email us if …

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Tulips, tadpoles and rainbows

In the strange land of lockdown we are sharing some of our member’s images and stories. Lynn’s Tulip Festival in de Beauvoir In April 2019 our friends, Islington Gardeners, ran a trip to Pashley Manor in East Sussex to see a spectacular tulip festival displaying of over 35,000 bulbs. One of our members, Lynn, got …

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Spring gardening

COVID-19 I have updated this post since it was first published on March 12th to take into account the current situation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and government advice about social distancing. Our April meeting on 7th April is now cancelled. We hope to bring you Annie Chipchase later in the year and will advise on …

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Sustainable gardening tips

On 2nd February Cordwainers Grow ran a trip to Seedy Sunday in Brighton which was open to Hackney Union of Garden members – and that includes DBG members. I went along with my neighbour Pat and had a great day, coming away with far too many seeds! The event included a talk by Dave Goulson, …

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The leopard slug – a gardener’s friend

Irene Slegt, DBG committee member and journalist, has written a piece about gardening for us which will appear in the next DBA newsletter. In her column she mentions the Leopard slug – her secret ally – which preys on its herbivorous cousins. A slug that will do our killing for us! We had to share …

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Berry christmas…

I couldn’t resist sharing this lovely picture of a Robin surrounded by ivy berries. I’m fascinated by the bumper crop of berries this year – Rowan, Hawthorn and holly bushes laden with fat juicy christmas jewels. Nature is providing in abundance. We now know that there is much that we, as gardeners can do to …

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De Beauvoir Flower and Produce Show 2019

Flowers, fruit, veg, dogs… and next up birds!

We were blessed with fabulous weather for the this year’s Flower and Produce show. All the worry about buying in too many ice-lollies was for nothing. We sold them all along with enough cake to feed several armies. If you came along we hope you enjoyed yourselves and if you missed it there are some …

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June Walkabout

Our much loved June walkabout felt more like winter last night. It was very inspiring despite the damp and the cold. Its always wonderful to get a glimpse into real gardens. Cec came up with a great tour which included quintessential front and back de Beauvoir gardens - each one an oasis of green in …

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Middle Temple Garden

Last Wednesday we braved the showers to visit the gardens at Middle Temple. Kate Jenrick, the head gardener, gave us a very interesting tour and described how she maintains the gardens and chooses her plants. For those of you who couldn’t make it here are some pictures kindly taken by Stephen King. Plant Sale A …

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