We had an early start to reach Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants a small independent nursery based in the beautiful Hampshire village of Freefolk near Whitchurch for at 10.15. We were supplied with tea & coffee then we joined Rosy Hardy of Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants, in partnership with The Royal Horticulture Society, for a demonstration and guided tour focusing on getting the best from of Spring Flowering herbaceous perennials, successful planting and propagation. Rosy produced some different plants which inspired many of us.Rosy Hardy
Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants has won 20 Gold medals at Chelsea & this year will be planting up a show garden (The Brewin Dolphin Garden – Forever Freefolk) as well as their hardy perennials in the main pavilion, we wish them well.
After a little retail therapy,we drove to Whitchurch Silk Mill for lunch and a tour around the mill. Whitchurch Silk Mill is the oldest silk mill in the UK still in its original building. A gem of industrial heritage in beautiful, rural Hampshire, Whitchurch Silk Mill is a Georgian water mill that weaves silk using 19th century machinery.
We had a very interesting & informative day, the weather was good and allowed us to take full advantage of all on offer.
Thank you to Angela for her organisation.