Guess Who is coming to dinner chez Patientgardeners

We have been invited by VP to hold a gardening dinner party and to share with her and our fellow bloggers who we would invite and why.  So here is my guest list:


My first guest would be Daisy, Countess of Warwick. I first read about her when I read Virgins, Weeders and Queens .  She was one of a number of influential women in gardening history that I would love to have met. Daisy was part of the high society in Edwardian times but commissioned many gardens within the 4 acre grounds of her cottage Stone Hall.  However she became interested in socialism and her gardening style became more naturalistic. I find this period of history very interesting and her involvement in the Edwardian gardening movement would be fascinating to find out more about.  I would include all the others but I think I really need abit of variety at this dinner party.

My second guest would be Frank Kingdon-Ward. He explored Tibet – bringing back new varieties of Primula (one of my favourite plants), the Meconopsis betonicifolia (a plant I would love to grow) and various Rhododendrons. He also travelled in Burma and other parts of East Asia.  I have chosen him as I am interested in plant collecting and what drives people to pursue this. 

To bring a moden perspective on plant hunting, my third guest would be Roy Lancaster.  I really enjoy reading Roy’s articles in the Gardening World Magazine about his explorations all over the world and also his reviews of plants in Gardens Illustrated.  I believe he is considered to be the plantsman’s plantsman – he also seems to have a good sense of humour which is always important at a dinner party.

My next guest is Carol Klein.  I think she is a genus at plant propogation and I could learn alot from her.  I like her no-nonsense and enthusiastic approach to gardening and like Roy I think she would bring some laughter to the table.

My final guest is the much missed Christopher Lloyd.  I had only discovered his gardening books about a year before he died but I find his style of writing refreshingly direct.  I like the way he threw away the ‘rule book’ and believed in going with your instinct. 

So thats my guest list – I hope they can all make it.  What will we eat? Well thats a hard one.  I think I will go for a fish main course something with seasonal veg as Christopher Lloyd was well known for his simple but very tasty cooking. My starter would be a soup – probably at this time of year a Celariac soup and for my pudding I think I would go for a Rhubarb Crumble – if there was some forced Rhubarb in the shops.

So those are my plans – for others visit Veg Plottings site

Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

9 thoughts on “Guess Who is coming to dinner chez Patientgardeners”

  1. Hi Helen – I’ve bought you some rhubarb from my allotment, so crumble it is – yum! I’ve put your details into Mr Linky BTW and this is my test to make sure the link you put in my comments works 🙂

    I saw Roy Lancaster whizzing round the RHS Inner Temple Show – whate a very energetic and enthusiastic guest you have there. And Carol was delightful when I met her at GW Live – she has the knack of making the person she’s talking to feel like they’re the most important person in the world.

    After your book review it was only natural you’d want to invite Daisy. Tibet’s a place I’d love to visit, so meeting someone who plant hunted there would be fascinating. I’m wondering just how many of us will invite Christopher Lloyd 🙂

    Great choices Helen, enjoy your dinner and your guests! I’ll be back for some of that crumble later 🙂

  2. I am so glad that you invited Carol Klein – I also really admire her propagating skills – and she always seems so nice on the T.V.
    Snap – we have both used the same picture of Christopher Lloyd
    I enjoyed visiting your dinner party

  3. Some excellent dining companions there Helen. Daisy, Countess of Warwick looks a most serene woman. I will have to read that book. I see we both plumped for Carl Klein for similar reasons 🙂

  4. Hi there Helen🙂

    A very interesting selection! I too went for a plant hunter and Roy was originally top of my list for all the reasons you mention. However, I went back in time too but decided on Banks. But the explorers or Tibet and the plants there would also be welcome at my table.

    The Countess I am not familiar with but she sounds an excellent choice. Carol and Christopher will be stuffed by the end of the evening. I did consider them both too but went for gardeners that I was less familiar with instead. It has been fascinating seeing everyone’s guest lists 😀

  5. I really like Carol Klein as well, just that enthusiasm she radiates, whatever she’s showing. She makes me smile and want to go out in the garden straight away. A real inspirer. Roy Lancaster I am familiar with as well through Gardens Ill. The Edwardian lady was news to me. Anyhow, it sounds like it would be a great dinner party!

  6. Sounds like an interesting group; the conversation at dinner should be quite lively. I’m not familiar with many famous garden experts, but a title like “Virgins, Weeders, and Queens” certainly has me intrigued:)

  7. Hi Helen, this must have been the most interesting dinner party ever! To be able to talk ‘green stuff’ all through the dinner, how great. Less sport, less politics and less finance talk hihihi

    xoxo Tyra

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