A visit to John Tucker’s garden

John Tuckers GardenStory by Rosie Hurley

Wednesday 6th July saw a group of carers head to John Tucker’s garden for the afternoon. After being rescheduled from the week before due to rain, luckily the sun was shining as John and his wife Alison opened up their garden for us to have a look around.

In Box, with wonderful views looking across the valley, John and Alison’s garden had clearly been cared for over the years. From a pond at one end to an impressive vegetable plot at the other, with a cosy summer house and an apple tree in between, it was no surprise to hear that John has had many years of green-fingered experience.

Having been deputy manager at Prior Park Garden Centre, John has led a number of other gardening breaks at the Carers’ Centre, and he leads the gardening volunteer team, who meet every Thursday morning to tend to the Centre’s garden.

After being greeted by their friendly cat, Chelsea, once everyone had arrived John spoke to us for a while, welcoming us into his garden and talking about some of its main features.

Though not being very green-fingered myself, it was interesting to learn, from someone passionate about gardening, about the benefits of certain types of plants and flowers, especially if you want to achieve a particular effect. John had a ‘pink’ border on one side, (with gorgeous pink roses and purple flowers blooming), and a ‘hot’ border on the other (with shades of reds, oranges and yellows).

We then had a wander round the garden, John on hand to chat and answer questions. We were also treated to a delicious spread of tea and cakes made by Alison, which everyone enjoyed. Whilst we tucked into a selection of chocolate brownies, banana bread, lemon drizzle and coffee cake we had the chance to mingle and chat.

All in all it was a lovely afternoon, and thanks must go to John and Alison for hosting what was a great chance for carers to take a break in the summer sunshine!