In these troubled Coronavirus times many members have spent much of the lockdown out in the fresh air working on their gardens. The gardens are now in tip top condition, but nobody can see them! The restrictions don’t allow us to have our normal BGA Open Gardens this year, but we don’t want all the effort to go to waste so we are intending to photograph members gardens and feature one garden a week on the BGA web-site. This is subject to enough members volunteering their gardens and sharing photographs of them. Please contact Mike or Carole Marks, via by e-mail ( if you would like to do this.

We are kicking this scheme off with a visit to Carrie and Matt’s garden. This is a small new garden that hadn’t been touched for many years, when they moved in.

Carrie and Matt describe their garden as being on the small side, long but fairly narrow and sloping down towards the Medway valley. They said “we are incredibly lucky to have a stunning view which we have tried to allow to be the ‘star’ of the garden. When we moved here a year ago it was rather wild having been untouched for about 9 years. We have worked hard so far and have uncovered many hidden gems and plants and we are introducing new plants. The largest project so far has been to build and set up the pond.

In the future we would love to repave with nicer slabs and to build a pergola, near the newly planted fruit trees at the bottom of the garden, to grow some grape vines along. We would also like to rotavate the lawn and lay good quality weed (and rudbeckia) free grass! It is still work in progress but we hope you will enjoy seeing our garden.”