How Does Your Garden Grow?: Malcolm and Renee Goody

How Does Your Garden Grow?: Malcolm and Renee Goody

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Transmission 18/11/1992


25min 21sec







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Philip Wood and David Wilson explore the garden of Malcolm and Renee Goody, on the outskirts of Carrickfergus, County Antrim. 

Situated in a suburban street, the garden is small and "is just twice as long as it is wide". However, found within this plot "water cascades down rocks or lies in placid pools... and it is decorated throughout with good plants and pleasant trees". This is certainly a unique garden and though Malcom states that they "didn't set out to have a garden like this" as their interest in Japanese art and culture grew - "a Japanese garden developed".

Every part of the garden, from the paving stones leading from front to back, to the ornaments, has been chosen with intricate care and with "symbolism all the time". Though some symbolism is embedded with humour as Malcom points out a stone turtle - a symbol for longevity.... which he hopes encourages the plants to survive a little longer!


The 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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