I'm delighted that this fabulous exhibition is coming to The PlayHouse in Derry. I had the chance to see this when it was on display in the Botanical Gardens in Dublin...these paintings are just so incredibly beautiful...and of course are of subject matter close to my heart. I urge you to go along to The Playhouse from the 11th-24th August to have a wee looksee at these beautiful paintings...full details can be found below
Recently I enjoyed a great day out at Castle Kennedy Gardens, just outside of Stranraer in SW Scotland....and wow...what a place! I was in toll with the family, so it wasn't just as a plantsman I visited but also as a father, and I'm glad to say the kids had a blast too.
Castle Kennedy Gardens are of a scale and composition I've never seen before. From the Monkey Puzzle Avenue, the Thuja Avenue, the Water Lilly Pond, the Walled Garden, the Champion Trees it had it all! add into that the romantic castle ruins and the 'new' castle....just amazing!
A wonderful 5 hour day trip with the kids, as we walked around there are loads of viewpoints and seating spots that the kids could sit and rest, add into that the Pine Cones, Mushrooms, Orchids and wildlife and the kids were entertained all day....
You can read more about this special landscape on the Historic Scotland Website of all the Historic Gardens and Landscapes of Scotland. After reading so much about Lord Marshall and his work I was delighted to have made a visit to this world famous garden...We'll finish with a wee slide show below... but this is a garden you have to visit! I'm mad keen looking forward to going back in Azalea season....
Gardening on Radio Foyle
A summary of each weeks gardening on Mark Patterson Show and beyond