A little more detail about the sponsors who have supported this website.
Full information about the history of Deacons Nursery is already on this site – see IOW Apple People and Places. Grahame Deacon and the staff at the nursery have been endlessly helpful as I learnt about apple identification over many years. I have spent quite a few hours there checking apples I think I have identified against named trees and gaining advice and information.
Deacons specialise in all varieties of fruit, with a comprehensive selection of apples, including old varieties and those difficult to obtain elsewhere.
Garden Design for Isle of Wight Gardens. Chris has designed gardens from small domestic back gardens to large gardens open to the public. Chris and her team provide a complete service from initial consultation right through the design process to the finished project.
Although Chris no longer has anything to do with the garden at ‘The Apple Farm’ (formerly Afton Park) the garden she planted there showed what could be achieved on a unpromising, windswept site, do look at the pictures on this website, under Isle of Wight Apple People and Places, to see the garden in its full glory in 2006.
Cider and a variety of local goods can be bought both at The Cider Barn in Godshill, IOW and at the shop in the old village, Shanklin.
Dave was involved with the cider orchard almost from the start, pruning the trees in the early days. Look at the pictures of the orchard under IOW Apple People and Places to see a picture of Dave and Keith tying weights on the trees to hold the branches down to make the trees into a better shape while young.
Landscape Therapy Fruit Tree Nursery. Tony sells trees, including apples and native species hedges He will advise, supply and plant. Tony runs the annual IOW hedgelaying competition and can advise on environmental planting.
www.landscapetherapy.co.uk phone 760011 07966 292334
John and Christine Harrison
Northcourt House, Shorwell is a glorious Jacobean mansion set in 15 acres of gardens, recognised for their historic importance by English Heritage. There are no fewer than four orchards and some historic espalier apples dating from before the first World War, John has photographic evidence for this. The garden is open for the National Gardens Scheme. Bed and Breakfast and self catering accommodation in beautiful surroundings.
Brook House, Brook, the house was originally Georgian with some Victorian additions, there are 3 acres of gardens to explore. Some of the pictures in the Blossom Gallery on the website were taken in the garden. Luxury B&B accommodation in the main house + three self catering cottages and The Old School in the small hamlet of Hulverstone just a short walk away from Brook House
Phillippa specialises in planning and planting design for privatre gardens both large and small through to work on the wider landscape, including consultancy for the restoration of historic parks.
Haddon Lake house is a self build project in a historic setting, open to prearranged visits and with a self catering garden cottage available. The lake is a third of an acre with a gravity fed fountain. The walled garden with its flowers, fruit and vegetables is an explosion of colour and interest.
Brighstone Village Shop
Judy and Dave Hollis have bought produce from our garden including less usual varieties of apple to sell in the shop. The Village Shop sells a wide selection of groceries and fresh produce, including locally sourced meat, cheese and fruit.
Brighstone Horticultural Society
I have been involved with the Horticultural Society since I came to live in Brighstone 45 years ago. One of the first things I remember at the Autumn Shows were the displays of apples by Bob Buckett – see under IOW Apple People and Places. In more recent years this website was launched at the Autumn Show in 2011 with a display of apples in the tent outside the Hall. I will be advertising dates of shows and events on the website.