Any Other Topics: Radio programme on English Rock Gardening
Started by: Margaret YoungGo to latest contribution by Margaret Young, 12 June 2014, 17:35. Go to bottom of this page.
Oops - that should have said designed by ZZ !
Thanks Maggi - just listened to that. After the inevitable silliness of minature Matterhorns and gnomes and idle wealth (which really we could do without now when rock gardening and alpines are discussed), after the halfway point and introduction to William Robinson the programme really went somewhere and put across what growing alpines is all about. I'm not sure it is fair to call alpine gardeners 'neurotic collectors' (though there is some truth in that, and there are plenty of other collectors), but the final comments about Farrer and the way you identify with the plants and the places they come from is surely true, and perfectly sensible. The comments about the Chelsea exhibits were interesting - on the one hand you have the reconstruction of a natural rocky outcrop by Symons-Jeune, which I would love to make and shows just that understanding of the natural environment, and on the other you have still a good garden made with slate much more recently, but the demand by the clients for something more rugged and actually unnatural. So it boils down to a relatively uneducated garden public who really don't know about, or have the patience and curiousity to discover these plants. Very interesting - I wonder where the media will go to from here?
(and have a look, if you can, at the u-tube presentation on Gothenberg Botanic Garden which Maggi mentions on the SRGC Forum. A real breath of fresh air...)
It appears that the BBC radio programme is, unusually, available outside the UK so overseas members can listen in too.
I would endorse Tim's suggestion for those interested in the wider world of plants to view the Gothenburg film - it is directly accessible from the SRGC site where it is embedded and even without knowing Swedish it is possible to follow quite well.