The move to our current house in 2010 prompted a new route for the school run. The route took us round a sharp bend around St Helens church (which, for reasons I’m afraid I don’t know, isn’t in the village at all).
The bend ensured that I had to slow down, which gave ample opportunity to admire the planting on the opposite side of the road. Always changing and always interesting, I remember thinking that there must be a darn clever gardener living there.
Fast forward five years and that clever gardener, Ian Chadwick, now has a well established nursery, Eddington House Nursery, on the site.
Today I visited for the Isle of Wight Rare Plant Fair which Ian hosts annually. Sadly I missed the talk by Bob Brown from Cotswold Garden Flowers, but did catch an interesting talk by Chris Chadwell on ‘Paradise on Earth, the beautiful flowers of Kashmir’. Lucky chap to have seen those beautiful Himalayan poppies in the wild.
Meanwhile the nursery was looking absolutely immaculate.
Over the years Ian has developed not only numerous interests including salvias, herbaceous perennials and now plants for shade too, but has also expanded the growing and showing areas and planted up interesting beds to display many of his plants.
I, of course, succumbed, this time to rather diminutive beauties – Trifolium repens ‘William’ for the MCB and also Origanum rotundifolium ‘Kent Beauty’ for pots.
Thanks Ian for great event, and thanks too for choosing to site your nursery within such close proximity to Duver Diary!