Open Gardens 2020

Open Gardens 2020

We have now concluded our look around our members gardens as part of our “Virtual Open Garden” programme showing a different garden each week, as we couldn’t have our actual garden visits event this year due to Coronavirus. A big thank you to the following members who kindly volunteered to “open” their gardens and let them be photographed for the web-site.

  • Carrie & Matt Lyons
  • Colin & Diana Barber
  • Glenys McDonald
  • Lillian Taylor
  • Alison & David Claridge
  • Sir Keith and Lady Mills
  • Judy & Bill Liddall
  • Jean & John Tune
  • Carole & Mike Marks
  • Gill & Bill Long
  • Gel Vivian
  • John Perry
  • Julie Watkins

This page now contains just a few photographs from each of the 13 gardens featured over the Summer. If you would like to see all the photos for each garden featured, these can be found by clicking on “Archives” and one of the tabs for “September 2020”, “August 2020”, “July 2020” or “June 2020″ in the right hand panel and scroll through the gardens featured for each of those months.

To see the garden photos in the best format click on the first picture, which will open up the picture in full screen and then click through the photos using arrows to the right (sequence forward) and left (sequence back) of the screen.

Enjoy the small selection of photographs for all of the gardens featured this Summer below:

Open Gardens 2020

Open Gardens 2020

This week we conclude our look around members’ gardens in 2020 featuring another “Virtual Open Garden” as part of our programme showing a different garden every week. This is because we can’t visit gardens in person due to Coronavirus. A new garden has been posted up on the web-site each Sunday for one week. To see the gardens featured previously, click on “Archives” and the tabs “September 2020”, “August 2020”, “July 2020” and “June 2020″ in the right hand panel to scroll through the earlier gardens. The owners of gardens that have been already been featured are:

  • Carrie & Matt Lyons
  • Colin & Diana Barber
  • Glenys McDonald
  • Lillian Taylor
  • Alison & David Claridge
  • Sir Keith and Lady Mills
  • Judy & Bill Liddall
  • Jean & John Tune
  • Carole & Mike Marks
  • Gill & Bill Long
  • Gel Vivian
  • John Perry

To see the garden photos in the best format click on the first picture below, which will open up the picture in full screen and then click through the photos using arrows to the right (sequence forward) and left (sequence back) of the screen.

Julie Watkins & Andy’s Garden is this weeks featured garden. Julie describes their garden as follows:

Our house and garden were new when we moved in over 40 years ago. My Dad used to stand in our then unfenced garden and direct the builders to tip all the rubble into garden further down!!!

We developed the garden in those early years with our daughters in mind. My Dad took over the ground behind the garage and used it as his ‘plot’ growing vegetables to show at the Tonbridge Garden Association. He also brought the blackcurrant bushes from his old allotment although sadly we no longer have these. There were always sweet peas and I still grow them every year and I was told that my maternal grandfather also grew them, so this is where my love of them came from. My daughter Suzy now grows them on her allotment, keeping up the family tradition.

In those early years the garden was mainly laid to lawn with small borders round the edge. When our youngest was 2 years old her grandparents bought her a Wendy House, which stood on the sight where the Summer House now stands.

The ‘plot’ was then reduced to about half the size. My dad continued to grow vegetables and won many prizes, one year he grew 50 onions to get 6 to show!

Andy took out 2 conifers to let more light in about 4 years ago and this area is now his domain. We grow potatoes, runner beans, beetroot, onions, lettuce, sweet corn, broad beans, radishes etc.

Three years ago I decided I wanted much larger herbaceous borders and increased the side and back borders by about 5 meters. By this time the conifers that had been planted along the boundary were starting to affect these borders. So when we came back from Mexico this year straight into lock-down we decided to remove these conifers. This has made a tremendous difference to the garden. Plants are appearing that had been previously dormant for years and shrubs are now growing from the back and growing more upright.

Last Autumn I dug out ‘new bed’, which allowed me to grow herbaceous plants, that wouldn’t survive in the back borders.

I hope you enjoy looking at my photos I took of my garden below:

2020 Autumn Show

2020 Autumn Show

2020 Autumn Flower Show

The show must go on! – Despite the Coronavirus restrictions and following the success of the virtual Spring Show the BGA repeated the same approach we used for the Spring and Summer Flower shows with a bit of fun and ingenuity with 15 Adult and 1 Junior members submitting photographs of their entries by e-mail. These were judged by a small team of willing Judges.

There were many entries covering 58 of the 80 classes plus one junior class entry making the task of selecting the winners all the more challenging, especially when judging the “home craft” entries – “virtual tasting” was interesting, but again the judges rose to the challenge!!

Our thanks go again to Colin for organising this entertaining event, and we hope those that entered had fun entering and everyone enjoys seeing the results, which are listed below, followed by the photographs of the winning entries.

Trophies and special prizes:

  • The Thurston Trophy, best exhibit of dahlias – Colin Barber;
  • Rose Society UK Bronze Medal, best Rose bloom – Julie Watkins;
  • Elizabeth Kerrison Challenge Cup, best exhibit of Michaelmas daisies – Not Awarded;
  • H. Kent Memorial Trophy, best exhibit of tomatoes – Steve Buckley;
  • Apperly Challenge Cup, best exhibit of vegetables – Steve Buckley;
  • Reader Tankard, best exhibit, two marrows as a pair – Colin Barber;
  • J. Bassett Memorial Cup, best collection of four kinds of vegetables – Colin Barber;
  • RHS Banksian Medal, winner most points in summer and autumn shows – Not Awarded;
  • Mary Kent Cup, best Homecraft exhibit – Alison Claridge;
  • Floral Bowl, best decorative exhibit – Alison Claridge;
  • Michael Ryder Cup, Junior flower arrangement – Not Awarded;
  • £5 Gift Token, Highest total points by junior exhibitor – Not Awarded.

 Class Results

Dahlia Classes

Class 1 – 1 Giant or Large Specimen Bloom – 1st, Alison Claridge; 2nd, Colin Barber.

Class 2 – 3 Medium Decorative Blooms – 1st, Colin Barber.

Class 3 – 3 Small Decorative Blooms – 1st, Colin Barber.

Class 4 – 3 Medium Cactus Blooms – 1st, Colin Barber.

Class 5 – 3 Small Cactus Blooms – 1st, Colin Barber.

Class 6 – 5 Ball Blooms – 1st, Colin Barber.

Class 7 – 5 Pompon Blooms – 1st, Colin Barber.

Class 7a – 3 Waterlily Blooms – 1st, Colin Barber.

Class 7b – 3 Other Dalia Blooms – 1st, Colin Barber.

Rose Classes

Class 8 – 1 Large Rose Bloom – 1st, Julie Watkins; 2nd, Colin Barber; 3rd, Glenys McDonald.

Class 9 – 3 Large Rose Blooms – 1st, Julie Watkins; 2nd, Colin Barber.

Class 10 – 3 Cluster Rose Stems – 1st, Glenys McDonald; 2nd, Colin Barber; 3rd, Julie Watkins;.

Class 11 – 3 Stems of Miniate Roses – 1st, John Perry

Class 12 – 3 Sprays of Rambler or Climbing Roses – 1st, Colin Barber.

Class 13 – 3 Stems of other Roses – 1st, Colin Barber.

Other Flower Classes

Class 14 – 3 Bloom/Stems Chrysanthemums – No Entries.

Class 15 – 1 Hydrangea Head – 1st, Judy Liddall; 2nd, Julie Watkins; 3rd, Alison Claridge.

Class 16 – Vase of sprays Flowering/Berry Shrubs – 1st, Julie Watkins; 2nd, Jill Buckland; 3rd, John Perry.

Class 17 – Annuals – 1st, Julie Watkins; 2nd, Glenys McDonald.

Class 18 – 5 Herbaceous Perennials Stems – 1 kind – No Entries.

Class 19 – Herbaceous Perennials Stems – mixed – 1st, Julie Watkins.

Class 20 – 1 Pot Plant – 1st, John Perry; 2nd, Carole Marks.

Class 21 – 3 Gladioli Stems – No Entries.

Class 22 – 1 Pot Begonias – 1st, Carole Marks; 2nd, John Perry.

Class 23 – 5 Stems Michaelmas Daisies/Asters – No Entries.

Class 24 – 1 Fuchsia Plant – Bush/Shrub/Ball – 1st, Alison Claridge; 2nd, Julie Watkins.

Class 25 – 1 Fuchsia Plant – Trailing – No Entries.

Class 26 – 6 Specimen Fuchsia Blooms – 1st, Julie Watkins.

Class 27 – 1 Miniature Fuchsia – No Entries.

Class 28 – Any other exhibit – 1st, Glenys McDonald; 2nd, Julie Watkins; 3rd, Alison Claridge

Fruit and Vegetable Classes

Class 29 – 4 Kinds of Vegetables – 1st, Colin Barber.

Class 30 – 5 Dessert Apples – No Entries

Class 31 – 5 Cooking Apples – 1st, Bill Liddall.

Class 32 – 12 Blueberries – No Entries.

Class 33 – Any Other Fruit – 1st, Bill Liddall; 2nd, Julie Watkins; 3rd, Alison Claridge

Class 34 – 5 Tomatoes – Standard Cultivator – 1st, Steve Buckley; 2nd, Colin Barber; 3rd, Glenys McDonald.

Class 35 – 5 Tomatoes – Any Cultivator – 1st, Barbara Ide; 2nd, Alison Claridge; 3rd, Colin Barber.

Class 36 – 1 Cucumber – 1st, Colin Barber.

Class 37 – 3 Carrots – 1st, Steve Buckley; 2nd, Colin Barber; 3rd, Alison Claridge.

Class 38 – 3 Beetroot – 1st, Steve Buckley; 2nd, Julie Watkins; 3rd, Colin Barber.

Class 39 – 5 Potatoes – 1st, Glenys McDonald; 2nd, Julie Watkins; 3rd, Colin Barber

Class 40 – 1 Pumpkin/Squash – 1st, Colin Barber.

Class 41 – Any Large Fruit/Vegetable – No Entries.

Class 42 – 10 Shallots – No Entries.

Class 43 –  9 Pods Runner Beans –  No Entries.

Class 44 – 1 Cabbage –  No Entries.

Class 45 – 2 Marrows – 1st, Colin Barber.

Class 46 – 1 Marrow for weight – No Entries.

Class 47 – 3 Courgettes – 1st, Steve Buckley; 2nd, Colin Barber.

Class 48 – 5 Onions Spring Sown – No Entries

Class 49 – 5 Onions Autumn Sown – 1st, Colin Barber.

Class 50 – 3 Leeks – No Entries.

Class 51 – Any Other Root Vegetable – Steve Buckley.

Class 52 – Any Other Vegetable – 1st, Colin Barber; 2nd, Steve Buckley.

Class 53 – Vegetable Trug and Vase of Flowers – No Entries.

Class 54 – Vase of Flowers & Vegetable – Simple – 1st, Julie Watkins.

HomeCraft Classes

Class 55 – Jelly – 1st; Jill Buckland; 2nd, Bill Liddall.

Class 56 – Jam – 1st, Emilia Bagge; 2nd, Jill Buckland.

Class 57 – 5 Cheese Biscuits – 1st, Jill Buckland; 2nd, Emilia Bagge.

Class 58 – Gingerbread Loaf – 1st, Hilary Skinner; 2nd, Emilia Bagge.

Class 59 – 3 Coffee & Walnut Muffins – 1st, Emilia Bagge.

Class 60 – Chocolate Cake – 1st, Alison Claridge; 2nd, Emilia Bagge; 3rd, Hillary Skiner.

Class 61 – Fruit Pie – 1st, Emilia Bagge.

Class 62 – Moist Apple cake – 1st, Hilary Skiner; 2nd, Barbara Ide; 3rd, Emilia Bagge; Commended Glenys McDonald.

Class 63 – Photograph (My Favourite Garden) – 1st, Mike Marks; 2nd, Diana Barber; 3rd, Julie Watkins; Commended, Colin Barber.

Flower Arranging Classes

Class 64 – “Gentleman’s Shoe” -1st, Alison Claridge.

Class 65 – “Rusty Richness” – 1st, Diana Barber.

Class 66 –“All is Safely Gathered In” – 1st, Diana Barber.

Class 67 – “Roots Shoot & Leaves” – 1st, Jill Buckland.

Class 68 – “My Way” – No Entries.

Junior Classes

Class 69 – Flower Arrangement – No Entries.

Class 70 – A Wildlife Garden – No Entries.

Class 71 – Make a Sea Monster – No Entries.

Class 72 – “Hedgerow in a Wellie – 1st,Jessica Berke.

Class 73 – 3 Decorated Biscuits – 1st,Jessica Berke.

Class 74 – Paint a few pebbles – No Entries.

Class 75 – “Anything you like” – No Entries.

Class 76 – Funny shaped vegetable – 1st,Jessica Berke..

Class 77 – A Lego Model – No Entries.

Class 78 – A Colour Photograph – No Entries.

Open  Gardens 2020

Open Gardens 2020

We continue our look around members’ gardens in 2020 featuring another “Virtual Open Garden” as part of our programme showing a different garden every week. This is because we can’t visit gardens in person due to Coronavirus. A new garden will be posted up on the web-site each Sunday for the following week. To see the gardens featured previously, click on “Archives” and the tabs “August 2020”, “July 2020” and “June 2020″ in the right hand panel to scroll through the earlier gardens. The owners of gardens that have been already been featured are:

  • Carrie & Matt Lyons
  • Colin & Diana Barber
  • Glenys McDonald
  • Lillian Taylor
  • Alison & David Claridge
  • Sir Keith and Lady Mills
  • Judy & Bill Liddall
  • Jean & John Tune
  • Carole & Mike Marks
  • Gill & Bill Long
  • Gel Vivian

Future Gardens will include those of: Julie Watkins & Andy.

Any if you would like to feature your garden please contact Michael Marks by e-mail: michael.marks7@btinternet.com

To see the garden photos in the best format click on the first picture below, which will open up the picture in full screen and then click through the photos using arrows to the right (sequence forward) and left (sequence back) of the screen.

John Perry’s Garden is this weeks featured garden. His garden will be well known to many of you as he opens it regularly, not just for the BGA Open Gardens, but also for Hospice in the Weald and the National Garden Scheme. Most of these photos we taken on 3 September, but some are included from the last 5 years so they show a different season and aspect to the garden. John describes his garden:

The original cottage on the site was built in the 1870’s as part of the stable block for Bidborough Court. It was subsequently used for farm managers accommodation, but over the years it had suffered from subsidence and obviously needed to have something done about it. This coincided with our desire to downsize from Four Winds House, so we decided to rebuild on the original site, taking full advantage of the fantastic views. In 2015 we called in some garden designers to create a garden on this very steep and “sheer” site. The result, as you can see, has taken full advantage of the unusual position and although we have continued to work on the garden, considering it is only just 5 years old it looks pretty amazing.

After we moved into the house, in an adjacent field we discovered in the remains of an old Victorian rockery installed by the owner of Bidborough Court as it leads down to the boating lake. There are also two ponds (ex bomb craters?) that we had never noticed before as sheep had obliterated them over the years. We decided to extend the garden to include these features and we are busy planting up this area as an ongoing project. Our real satisfaction from this project is that most of the planting is from our own cuttings and divisions taken from the rest of the garden.

My gardener and I get a great deal of pleasure from the garden and we hope that when things get back to normal we can open the garden up again to visitors, so you can enjoy it too. In the meantime enjoy the pictures below, which include some taken over the last 5 years.