How Does Your Garden Grow?: John and Bernadette O'Hagan

How Does Your Garden Grow?: John and Bernadette O'Hagan

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Littlebridge, Moneymore




Transmission 01/11/1986


26min 12sec







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Philip Wood and David Wilson explore the garden of John and Bernadette O'Hagan in Little Bridge, County Londonderry.

Bernadette has produced a "very colourful display in her cheerful three quarter an acre garden". This interest in gardening, for her, goes way back to her childhood with some of the plants that she grew then "I still have now", one of these flowers, the Viola Cornuta, is one which she has had for a long time.Even with this love of gardening, Bernadette, adopts a laid back approach stating that "if you don't like it, pull it". 

What truly though, has made this garden such a used space, is due to how the planning and planting of it "was a family venture" with everyone getting involved.


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. 

Produced and Directed by Ruth Johnston 



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