Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Dispatches from VPR's English Garden Tour

VPR Commentator and Gardening Expert Charlie Nardozzi is touring the legendary gardens of England with VPR listeners, and he sent us a few tastes of what they’re seeing:

Friday: The Chelsea Flower Show was amazing. Beautiful gardens, huge displays of flowers, and great design ideas. It was wonderful have Thomas Hoblyn for one hour to talk about the designs and the insider’s view of the show. Some of the gardens have budgets up to £350,000! It's quite an investment. We saw British Gardening TV star Alan Titchmarsh taping segments live and everyone seemed to really enjoy the show.

We've been at the Garden House and Rosemoor gardens today. The Garden House was fabulous, a great example of a classic English garden, with cottage garden plants spilling out into walkways with great shrubs and trees. The bones of this garden are amazing. A 17th-century vicarage and walls is the perfect backdrop for Zone 3 to 9 plants. This part of England is actually almost subtropical with palm trees and other warm loving plants. Eveyone was wowed.

Rosemoor was more formal but interesting. Great old plants and beautiful examples of shrubs different foliage and textures. The rhodis, azaleas, poppies and wisteria are in full bloom. What a show! Tomorrow we're off to the Eden Project and then Heligan. Everyone is thoroughly enjoying England. We spend days chatting, laughing, and talking gardens. If I don't know the answers, someone usually on the tour does. It's great fun.

You can learn more about VPR's tours here.

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