We went to visit Tommy and Patty after a recommendation from friends. After driving to the top of the hill we came across the smiling face of Patty waiting for us at the gate with her husband Tommy. We were warmly welcomed in and offered a mug of coffee whilst we had a chat about some of the history that got them to where they are today. We then began the tour of some amazing specimens of palms and other plants from all over the world.
Tommy shared his vast knowledge with us and answered any questions we had and cleared up a few doubts I had about my own garden! It is amazing to see how many plants have been planted and are thriving together in what is such a relatively small space. We learnt that you should not cut the palm fronds off a tree whilst they are still green, only when they are brown otherwise you will inhibit the girth of the tree and make it less stable as it grows higher.
The quality of specimens that are growing here are up there with the best I have seen, I think that the RHS would be proud to have any of the over 80 palms on display at Kew Gardens in London!
Thank you Tommy and Patty for a wonderful morning and for becoming our new friends, I hope we will be able to bring many people to you to share the fantastic space you have created.
Dan & Ruth
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