How Does Your Garden Grow?: Jim Reynolds

How Does Your Garden Grow?: Jim Reynolds

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County Meath




Transmission 29/01/1991


25min 11sec







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Philip Wood and David Wilson explore the garden of Jim Reynolds in County Meath. 

Found amongst gazebos, tiny temples and pavilions lie "the most sensitively controlled masses of flower and leaf form" and the distinguished gateways give the "eye an added sense of space and wilderness". Jim guides Philip through the garden, beginning by the beech hedges - his first plantings in the 1970s - through to his roses which were the second additions. In fact, Jim has many variations of roses one in particular, the Irish Souvenir de St.Anne's, Philip compliments with "you have a beauty over there". 

The garden is meticulously kept, with a colour scheme adhered to, which is seen with every twist and turn that they both take along the box hedged pathway. Also featured is David's top tips on growing perennial flowers in the garden and how to support the plants you already have, while they grow.


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. 

Video Editor : Philip White 

Produced and directed by Ruth Johnston 




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