How Does Your Garden Grow?: Bob And Jean McCammond

How Does Your Garden Grow?: Bob And Jean McCammond

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Transmission 01/12/1986


26min 12sec







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Philip Wood and David Wilson explore the garden of Bob And Jean McCammond in Portadown, County Armagh.

Created over the course of twenty years, this two acre garden has by no means, been easy to cultivate . Bob guides Philip around the site while commenting on several plants that "bloom faithfully every year" with Philip enthusiastically stating that he "thinks those are great"! Inside the house, Jean and David discuss how the garden grew by "gradually moving little by little, until [they] ended up at the bottom of the field!"

Bob is content not to only buy plants but to reproduce ones which he already owns else where in the garden, furthermore inside his greenhouse Philip finds a multitude of carnations which provide a great "Christmas bloom".


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.


A UTV Production.

Produced and directed by Ruth Johnston 



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