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BARBADOS - 'The glory of British gardens'.

Gwyn at the Barbados Horticultural Society

The Barbados Horticultural Society in association with the Caribzones group of websites, was host to a lively lecture and slide show at the society's Balls Plantation headquarters.
Gwyn Perry, renowned British horticulturalist, illustrated her interesting and informative lecture with a wide variety of slides depicting

'The glory of British gardens'.

Gwyn enjoying Andromeda gardens on her first visit to Barbados.

Gwyn at Flower forest

Documenting her visit to Barbados, taking photographs in Flower Forest.

Gwyn at Flower forest

Gwyn plans to use the information she obtained in Barbados to give some interesting lectures on Barbados' horticulture.

Gwyn at Flower forest

Anything to brighten up a dull British winter evening!

Gwyn has been Head Gardener of Margam Park, Port Talbot, South Wales, since January 2002
Gwyn's interest in gardening started at the age of 4 through the encouragement of her grandparents. She was lucky enough to be taught how to whip-and-tongue graft at school at the age of 14. From this point, everything she has done has been designed to make her a better gardener. This has included a pre-college working year, a one-year and three-year full time course at Askham Bryan College, York, and attendance at many conferences and courses since qualification.

Her first job in 1978 was as Gardener Grade II working in the gardens at Wakehurst Place, part of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She gained promotion to Gardener Grade I in 1979, working in the Physiology Nursery growing herbarium specimens and regenerating seeds for the Seed Bank. From 1984 she worked as Propagator in charge of the Living Collections Nursery at Wakehurst Place.

In 1986 she moved to become Head Gardener at Rockingham Castle in Leicestershire. The castle has been occupied by the same family for over 400 years and is where Charles Dickens wrote Bleak House. The garden is famous for its 'Elephant' hedges.

A spring garden in the UK

1989 saw Gwyn head for Wales to become Garden Supervisor at Dyffryn. This is an 80-acre estate with a 25-acre arboretum, and a series of garden 'rooms' designed by Thomas Mawson, containing many unusual plants.

In 1991 she became Head Gardener at Heale House, Middle Woodford, near Salisbury in Wiltshire. This is a lovely English garden of some 8 acres lying beside the river Avon. It has a genuine Japanese garden and many rare and unusual plants.

Margam Park Her current job as Head Gardener at Margam Park sees a return to Wales. Margam is owned by Neath-Port Talbot Council and boasts the largest Orangery in Europe. Gwyn's major objective is to complete the rejuvenation of the gardens which are set in over 850 acres of parkland. Work has already started, with the construction of a koi pond and the replanting of borders. Fuchsia Research International houses its collection of species fuchsias in the Citrus House. Gwyn has plans to replant the collection of rhododendrons originally brought to England by Frank Kingdon-Ward, one of the great plant collectors. To this end she is taking part in a plant collecting expedition to China later this year.

She is a member of the Professional Gardeners' Guild which has led her to undertake a study tour to Madeira. She has also lectured in America: as key-note speaker at the Master Gardeners' Conference at Michigan State University in June 1997; and Guest Lecturer at Modesto Garden Club, California, in March 1999. She has also been technical adviser for a book on hanging baskets and containers.


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