Renowned horticulturalist and RHS judge gives his verdict at Great Alne Park - The Redditch Standard
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17th Aug, 2022

Renowned horticulturalist and RHS judge gives his verdict at Great Alne Park

RENOWNED horticulturalist and RHS judge Jim Buttress visited Great Alne Park retirement village to give an expert talk and judge a resident gardening competition.

Jim discussed how to design and maintain a patio or balcony garden and gave his top tips for creating beautiful containers and hanging baskets.

He said: “It was great to visit Great Alne Park and also judge the residents’ gardens.

“There are some very talented gardeners at the village and it was great to see the variety of gardens and how residents have made the most of their patio or balcony space.

“Container gardening is easy and fun to do and is much more manageable than maintaining a large garden.”

Jim also judged residents’ patios and balconies, with resident Helen Smith awarded first place for her patio display.

Ben Ling, Great Alne Park village manager, said: “It was lovely to welcome Jim to the village.

“Lockdown has really demonstrated just how relaxing gardening can be and the benefits it has on both our mental and physical wellbeing and we were all left inspired by Jim’s expertise and passion.”

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