How Does Your Garden Grow?: Bob Devereux

How Does Your Garden Grow?: Bob Devereux

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Transmission 01/09/1984


26min 42sec







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Philip Wood and David Wilson explore the garden of Bob Devereux in County Tyrone. 

Despite being on a difficult site, over the past five years Bob and his wife have developed their garden successfully, showing a great deal of skill to over come the prevailing problems. Bob chats to David about how despite enjoying his garden he did not want to be "a garden slave" and ultimately wanted the garden to look well but with very little work involved. 

However, branching out of his comfort zone, David is about to embark in something more adventurous and has plans to utilise land in front of the house to grow exotic plants. Here, both David and Bob look over a sketch drawn earlier in the day before beginning to get to work! Philip is also involved, as he demonstrates how to properly prune a plum tree and gives praise over Bob's layered ponds. 


Late Philip Woods developed an encyclopaedic knowledge of botany and horticulture and bred new varieties of plants and flowers for the nurseries in Northern Ireland. Before he settled down in NI he served in the Royal Corps of Signals and saw active service in many countries around the world during WWII. After the war, Philip took up the post of manager of the Slieve Donard Nursery in Newcastle, County Down. He was also one of the founding members of the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team and was appointed as its first leader. Later when retired, he devoted his time to designing gardens and providing advice, sharing his knowledge through gardening classes, lectures, newspaper articles, radio programmes.


An Ulster Television Production,

Producer: Ruth Johnston 



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