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Avant Gardener – 111813

Hosts Derek and Carolyn discuss foreign destinations they have toured with beautiful gardens to visit. Carolyn says her favorite of all garden destinations was New Zealand because she found the gardens so different from anywhere else in the world and the people so enthusiastic about gardening the top-rated television show is a gardening program.. Derek explains that north of Auckland the gardens tend to be tropical and south of Auckland they can be either temperate or tropical depending on their location. As her second favorite destination Carolyn votes for France because it is where they visited gardens associated with the French Impressionist painters, including Monet, Cezanne and Renoir, and how surprised she was to find that the gardens are so different even though the painters were linked by Impressionism. Carolyn also recalls fond memories of Tresco Island in the Isles of Scilly, 25 miles south of Lands End, England, because the entire 3 mile-long island is a natural garden, with the Tresco Abbey Gardens one of the most beautiful cultivated gardens she has ever visited. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the island has a frost-free micro climate so that tropical plants can be grown outdoors. Next on Carolyn’s list is Scotland, where she recalls touring the Highlands and visiting another great garden, Inverewe which also has a micro-climate, making it frost-free. For a good tropical destination, the Fells recommend Tahiti, especially a visit to the Gauguin Museum which includes a botanical garden, and also the sister island of Moorea, which they found more rural and more Polynesian and the scenery more spectacular. In the email segment Derek recommends some shrubs that will tolerate alkaline soil, like butterfly bush and suggests that a lady with shade start a collection of shade-tolerant hydrangeas. Derek reminds listeners to view a free issue of their on-line magazine, the Avant Gardener and also to send emails to his attention at derekfell@verizon.net.