Natural not Wild
Speaker: Patricia Elkington
Date: 29th April
We were treated to a beautifully illustrated talk about Patricia’s beautiful Garden of Little Court at Crawley, near Winchester, which was first opened for Charity in 1984. Patricia is NGS County Organiser for Hampshire. Her garden is filled with good and easy perennials including ground cover plants. Her advice was “Take out any plant you don’t really like, or which is difficult to look after.
If something is effective have a lot of it.” The planting schemes and plant combinations for some eight beds were illustrated through the seasons. Patricia had also brought along a selection of plants from her garden and cards and postcards for us to purchase in aid of Charity.
We all particularly liked the photo of the Steps in the Shade which are surrounded at different seasons by geranium nodosum, hosta ‘June’ in a pot, with a fern, sarcococca confusa, tellima grandiflorum, stipa arundinacea, meconopsis cambrica, bowles golden grass, luzula sylvatica marginata, allium nigrum and symphoricarpus varigata, for example.
In the Staddle Stone bed we saw helianthemums, geranium ‘Patricia’, allium nigrum, euphorbia ‘Fens Rubra’ (beware), erygium ‘Miss Wilmot’s Ghost’ and ‘Silver Ghost’. Little Court and two other gardens in Crawley are open for Charity as NGS gardens on Sunday 10th May and Tuesday 12th May 2nd – 5.30 p.m.