How Does Your Garden Grow?: Raymond and Maureen Hunter

How Does Your Garden Grow?: Raymond and Maureen Hunter

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Transmission 28/08/1984


26min 24sec







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Philip Wood and David Wilson explore the garden of Raymond and Maureen Hunter in Lurgan, County Armagh. 

This is a garden which has been laid out "with special interest" which sees Raymond and Maureen both focusing on the plants which bring them the most joy. This connection with their garden is clearly seen, when Maureen confesses to Philip that she comes out first thing in the morning "just to sit and listen to the birds".

Recalling various histories, both Raymond and Philip stop at the 'Mrs Charles Pearson' flower and share a laugh over how the plant was named which involved a trip to Holland...

David sums up his sentiments about the garden as he states that he "could move in here rightly".  


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.

Producer: Ruth Johnston  



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