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8th May 2021 14.30
Ashwood Specialities – By Zoom
Nigel Hopes, Head Gardener
Nigel’s passion for plants started as a boy, when he was inspired by a family friend and the promise of free plants thanks to some fuchsia cuttings! Having qualified in horticulture, he worked at Birmingham Botanical Gardens for 10 years, becoming Senior Outdoor Supervisor. In 2018, he took on a new challenge as Head Gardener for Chelsea Gold medallist John Massey VMH in his private garden, ‘John’s Garden’ at Ashwood Nurseries. This wonderful three acre site includes informal borders, island beds, woodland dells and a wildlife meadow set against the beautiful backdrop of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. It’s regarded as one of the finest private gardens in the UK, with magnificent collections of trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials and conifers adding to the interest all year round, and an abundance of rare plants as well as familiar favourites. Nigel will show us many parts of the garden and then tell us more about some of the interesting plant groups there, such as hellebores, hepatica, lewisia and more.
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