Local Expert Gardener Dr. Chris Page, Shares his Expertise with Ellis and Co Golders Green

Our new newsletter, which we distributed during the beginning of February, has had an amazing response.  What we didn’t expect is it connecting is the number of people contacting Ellis and Co Golders Green as an result of reading our new newsletter.

Dr Chris Page contacted Ellis and Co Golders Green, interested in our gardening month especially as he is chairman of the ‘The Hampstead Garden Suburb Horticultural Society.’

We couldn’t miss the fantastic opportunity to ask him some questions, especially about our quest to get wildlife back into our gardens.

Can you tell me about The Hampstead Garden Suburb Horticultural Society?

I’m the Chairman of the Horticultural Society and speaking on my own behalf. We’re the oldest in the suburb, and celebrated our centenary just over a year go. We’re not the oldest in the country, but one of the oldest.

We’re one of the most active societies, with over four hundred members and we have a range of activities such as garden visits, talks, competitions. We recently ran an internal competition for best garden.

How did you get involved?

I am a keen gardener and I was identified as a suitable committee member. It seemed to be a natural progression.

Where did your love of gardening come from?

I think it is partly genetic as my grandfather was a gardener. He had a big garden, and I can still smell the fish, blood and bone that was stored in his shed. My father was a keen gardener too. I resolved not to do gardening when I was younger, but I did do a few houseplants at one stage. It wasn’t until I got my own garden that I became enthused by the bug!

Ellis and Co are promoting wildlife in the garden this month. How important is wildlife in the garden?

Wildlife is very important, and unfortunately, not everyone shares this view. The countryside is increasingly habited by monoculture, and not the diversity compensated by gardening that takes up quite a large acreage when you add them all together. Our individual gardens may not be great, but add it all together and it makes an approachable area to encourage wildlife.

Can you offer any top tips to encourage wildlife in gardens?

Gardens need a wide mix of things. Birds need to nest, perch and feed so feeders can help. More than anything have water in your garden, such as installing a pond. This encourages wildlife of all sorts, not just the obvious like toads and newts, but also birds to wash and bees to drink. It’s also very amenable for humans.

Are there any plants that are best to have in the garden to attract wildlife?

Anything that flowers, particularly at the end of the season in the summer. There’s many plants available for bees and insects, but less in the winter, so wild flowering shrubs are useful for bees. Buddleia are good, and ivy is fantastic as it flowers late in the season and provides protection for nesting.

What are your three top tips for getting your garden ready for summer?

  • At this time of year cut herbaceous perennials to allow new growth.
  • Provide manure and fertilizer ready for plants, and mulch for borders and vegetables.
  • It will also soon be time to start sowing seeds!

We would like to thank Dr. Chris Page for taking the time to talk to us at Ellis and Co Golders Green.

A well-presented garden can add value to your home

Call James Ryan today on 020 8455 1014 to find out how much value your garden has added onto your home.

Image Source Hampstead Garden Suburb

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