GOLDEN DAYS

It is 50 years since gar­den cre­ator Eric Cameron in­vited vis­i­tors into the seven acres at Great Comp. Now a new bor­der will mark the land­mark, set­ting the gar­dens aglow.

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Great Comp Gar­den's an­nual Sum­mer Show has an ex­tra glow this year.

To mark its 50th an­niver­sary, a new Golden Bor­der will be un­veiled at the gar­den in Platt near Bor­ough Green, to cel­e­brate – and it fea­tures golden plants, plus spec­i­mens planted and favoured by the gar­den’s cre­ator Eric Cameron. Since Eric and his wife Joy first threw open their gar­den gate, the gar­den has gained a rep­u­ta­tion among hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ists and gar­den en­thu­si­asts alike as one of Kent’s finest gar­dens to ex­plore. Cu­ra­tor Wil­liam Dyson said: “Eric and Joy's en­thu­si­asm and hard work helped to pro­duce a fan­tas­ti­cally di­verse gar­den which lives on in the minds of those who visit it to­day.”

The bor­der on the Cres­cent Lawn will fea­ture gold, bronze and yel­low plant­ing in­clud­ing plants such as sol­idago (golden baby), ar­gy­ran­the­mum (Cor­nish gold), achil­lea (coronation gold), pleioblas­tus viridis­tria­tus – a golden bam­boo and salvia lemon light.

Also dur­ing the weekend will be the chance to hear from an in­trepid mod­ern day plant ex­plorer.

The only Bri­tish sur­vivor from the MS Es­to­nia ship­wreck, Paul Bar­ney, will be talk­ing Ship­wrecks, Bombs and Bu­gles.

In 1994, Paul sur­vived one of the worst mar­itime dis­as­ters of the 20th cen­tury as the only Bri­tish sur­vivor of the MS Es­to­nia sink­ing – the sec­ond dead­li­est Euro­pean ship­wreck dis­as­ter dur­ing peace­time apart from the sink­ing of the Ti­tanic. He set up Edulis Nurs­ery more than 25 years ago to grow un­usual ed­i­bles for per­ma­cul­ture and for­est gar­dens. His love of ad­ven­ture and hor­ti­cul­ture has taken him to 60 coun­tries and gath­ered some 4,000 plants.

“I love to see plants in their nat­u­ral habi­tat. It helps to un­der­stand how they grow and where they are best grown in the gar­den.”

His lec­ture will be in the new­lyre­fur­bished Sta­bles The­atre at Great Comp at 2pm on the Satur­day. Among around 40 ex­hibitors at­tend­ing over the weekend will be Denys & Field­ing, de­sign­ers of hor­ti­in­spired dou­ble deckchairs.

The women be­hind the brand, Liz and Cat, from Maid­stone, said: “We blur the bound­aries be­tween in­door and out­door liv­ing.”

The an­cient art of wood­turn­ing will be demon­strated by ar­ti­san David Jones, who has been wood­turn­ing for al­most 55 years, and will be talk­ing about his work.

Right from top, plant ex­plorer Paul Bar­ney and deckchair de­sign­ers Liz and Cat Denys will be at the show; there's fun for kids too

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