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The apple tree and its fruit are well represented throughout history, in mythology and early worship. Rameses III, an Egyptian pharaoh, encouraged people to make offerings of apples at a temple in Thebes, but he also allowed the more realistic back-up option of bone-marrow extracted from a camel, if you were short of apples.
The Hardy Chrysanthemum booklet provides all the information required to know and grow these wonderful plants together with an extensive list of cultivars and a huge array of photographs. The booklet is available through the HPS website at £5.50 for members and £7.50 non-members.
The team leader, Worcestershire Group Chairman Mick Dunstan, reflected that their RHS Silver award was "the reward for months of hard work by a range of people across the society and outside, but the real reward was the undiluted praise we had from visitors to the stand over the four days of the show".
Snowdrops at Brockamin
This 1.5 acre garden is planted informally with a wide range of shrubs and perennials, but in February, the main interest will be spring bulbs, in particular the large collection of snowdrops.
There are thousands of scented crocus, aconites and hellebores, and snowdrops.
23 St. John's Road, Stafford
Part-walled garden, Plant lovers haven.
The Picton Garden
Beautiful in spring with many bulbs and a collection of heritage daffodils.
4 Birch Close, Arundel
1/3rd acre woodland garden
Woodside, West Horsley
Informal 2/3rd acre colourful garden
Okewood, Westcott, Dorking
Designed in 1910 with brick and ironstone walls and balustrades.
North Hall, Sheffield Green, Fletching
Quintessential cottage garden surrounding C16 house
Nutkins, 72 Rolston Road, Hornsea, East Yorkshire
3/4 acre garden featuring herbaceous borders, woodland, bog and streamside areas
45 Oakridge Avenue
The planting has been chosen to combine the use of colour with prominence given to dark foliage
Elworthy Cottage, Elworthy, Taunton
1 acre plantsman’s garden providing year round interest and a haven for wildlife
Croft House, Graizelound Fields, Haxey, Doncaster
2 acre garden of lawns, good trees and Italianate vegetable garden
Middle Well, Waddeton Road, Stoke Gabriel
Created from scratch over 15 years and planted for foliage, colour combinations and good plant varieties.
Tilford House, Hognaston, Ashbourne
A 1.5 acre streamside country garden with colourful borders amongst woodland, ponds and wildlife areas
41 Wimborne Road west, Wimborne, Dorset
A striking and contemporary front garden with a rill and a relaxed, more natural back garden with an abundance of perennials
8a Fisher Lane, Bingham. Notts
A plantswoman's flower garden created over 10 years
The Copse Lodge, Brighton Road, Burgh Heath, Tadworth, Surrey
1 acre garden with many different areas including a Japanese garden
Ironwood House, Clapgate Lane, Slinfold, West Sussex
One acre country garden around former rectory, with interesting trees, shrubs and perennials
Vale End, Chilworth Road, Albury, Guildford
1 acre walled garden on many levels in beautiful setting overlooking mill pond
Five very different gardens spread across Ilkley, the famous Yorkshire spa town all planted for year-round interest.
Hooper's Holding, 45 High Street, Hinton St. George, Somerset
2/3 acre garden in colour compartments with central large rectangular pond, a gravel courtyard and raised beds
Cupani Garden, 8 Sandgate Close, Seaford
An award-winning tranquil haven, a delightful mix of trees, shrubs, perennial borders, gazebo, water features, courtyard garden and lots of space to sit.
Vellacott, Lawford, Crowcombe,Taunton, Somerset
Large garden on south facing slope on the edge of the Quantock hills
Sapling Cottage, East St, Blandford Forum
One of the few remaining burgage plots in Blandford this is a peaceful 'country garden in the town', under cultivation for centuries.
Lower Severalls Farmhouse
Herbaceous borders and herb garden set in front of a 17th century ham stone farmhouse