How Does Your Garden Grow?: Jack Murray

How Does Your Garden Grow?: Jack Murray

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Transmission 01/12/1986


26min 13sec







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Philip Wood and David Wilson explore the garden of Jack Murray in Dundrum, County Down.

Described as a garden that has "lovely views of sea and mountain, from Dundrum Bay to Slieve Donard" it is also full of shelter which is necessary for it to grow the "marvellous" range of plants. Jack guides Philip through the garden whilst explaining that it "didn't all happen over night" and that he had no intention when starting to have a garden this size... in fact originally he was going to section it off and keep cows! 

However, a few years after planting his front/kitchen garden, Jack retired and used his garden as a way to utilise his new available time. Thinking of protecting his new plants, he planted a row of trees with the eucalyptus trees doing "exceptionally well" - though it is his camellia flowers which are Jack's favourite, proclaiming that "they're perfection!".


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.

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An Ulster Television Production.

Produced and directed by Ruth Johnston  



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