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GARDENERS’ WORLD: St Albans couple share their garden with the nation

 Published on: 28th August 2019   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

A couple from St Albans featured in a BBC programme earlier this month for their stunning garden. 

Frances Mason and her husband Trevor Barton appeared on Gardeners’ World on Friday, August 9 who combines their love of cottage garden plants with tropical plants. 

Frances, who has been a horticulturist since 13, said on the programme: “This garden means everything to me, it’s where I spend most of my time. When I walk out here in the morning it’s like walking into a valley. It’s almost like this garden is welcoming me and I suppose it grounds me and makes me feel happy.

“I feel that I’m part of this garden and somehow it allows me to be here. I suppose every garden runs out of space at some stage, but I never really want to believe that. I suppose we could start to build upwards but who knows.” 

The couple were contacted by the broadcaster after they opened their garden to the public for two days as part of the National Gardening Scheme (NGS) initiative. 

Frances said: “We asked the NGS if we could enter the garden into this open garden scheme and we had 160 come and visit the garden.”

They also raised £800 for the scheme’s charities including Macmillan and Marie Curie serving teas and cakes. 

“I had a call from the NGS saying a researcher for the BBC would like have my contact details so they could do a feature for Gardeners’ World,” added Frances. “Gardeners’ World was just amazing it was really nice and really fun.”

In the programme Frances also shares a trick to keep Lilly beetle away from the Lilly tree growing in her garden. 

She said: “I cut curry plant leaves and make a concoction, make a tea, which can be diluted into a spray with water. This should be sprayed on the plants at least twice a week whilst the plant is in the fast growing stage.”

To watch the episode, head to BBC iPlayer and look for Gardeners’ World episode 22.

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