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Pippa is shown the beautiful white underside of a leaf of the Mahonia gracilipes by RHS
Wisley gardener Matthew Pottage. The winter is the perfect time to enjoy the fragrance
and colour of the mahonia, which as Pippa explains “no garden should be without”.
The Devil’s Punchbowl
Chairman Peter Gibbs and panelist Bob Flowerdew are high up in the hills overlooking The Devil’s Punchbowl on the Hampshire-Surrey border. And as Peter explains, it’s the quality of the fresh country air that has brought people here ever since Victorian times.
The bowl itself was created by the sandstone and underlying clay being eroded at different speeds.
First question in the programme: Where do these holes come from? The panel suspect woodpeckers to be the perpetrators.
Pippa Greenwood and Anne Swithinbank go behind the scenes at RHS Wisley to discover how to make best use of a green house during the winter. Far from using it as a glorified shed as many do, we learn how it can be used to raise a huge range of winter vegetables.
Anne and Pippa overlook the impressive glasshouse at RHS Wisley, first opened in 2007.
But despite its grand size, many of the elements found within – ventilation, shading, lighting and raised beds – can be scaled down and applied in our own more modest green houses at home.