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Eddington House Nursery – Rare Plant Fair 2019

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Before we even get to the weekend’s fair, rewind to Friday.

Whilst I usually try to travel home on Thursday evenings, I’d stayed in London the extra day and the OH had picked me up from the pier at around 8.40pm.  On being reunited, I immediately started ranting about my (lack of) preparation for the St Helens Secret Gardens event I’m (supposed to be) organising – not to mention concerns about my own garden being a complete disgrace.

The OH said he thought ‘publicity was key’ and had a cunning plan – he wondered if the lovely people at Eddington House Nursery would put up a poster for ‘my’ Secret Gardens event at their weekend Rare Plant Fair.  Genius!

Consequently, I persuaded him to stop off on the way home so I could ask.  Bearing in mind by this stage it was 9pm and I was wandering round the back of their property, it’s hardly surprising they thought I was up to no good.  Happily, once they’d recognised me, they agreed to put up a poster, so all I had to do was create one(!)

Fast forward an hour, I’d eaten a tasty dinner, designed, printed and laminated two posters and was on my was back to the nursery.  By this stage it was after 10pm, but they were still there to receive the goods, bless them.

Hardly surprising, therefore, that I definitely wanted to support the event.  I visited on Saturday, and had the great pleasure of listening to Anne Swithinbank speak and also had a good chat with Derry Watkins at her plant stand (she was speaking today, but I sadly didn’t have time to return).

As ever, the nursery was looking immaculate (I love the new display of succulents in wine cases see picture, top).  This time I only bought a couple of Salvias from Derry but have my eye on some other items from the nursery itself, and intend to return when it’s less busy.

Thanks guys, you’re the tops!

Eddington House Nursery – a local beacon

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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).IMG_0275

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.  IMG_0272

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.IMG_0271

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.IMG_0273

I, of course, succumbed, this time to rather diminutive beauties – Trifolium repens ‘William’ for the MCB and also Origanum rotundifolium ‘Kent Beauty’ for pots.

Oh and Nick from White Cottage Daylilies (who I wrote about here and here), was there with, selling amongst other things, some beautiful succulents, so I bought a couple for the OH.IMG_0283

Thanks Ian for great event, and thanks too for choosing to site your nursery within such close proximity to Duver Diary!