Savill Gardens Windsor Great Park Berkshire, excellent all seasons garden.

Blewbury Manor in Oxfordshire

Ness Gardens Cheshire home of the late Arthur Kilpin Bulley, famous Liverpool cotton merchant and great plant collector.

Daglingworth House Gloucestershire, home of David and Henrietta Howard just north of Cirencester.

Dyffryn House and Gardens near Cardiff

Powis Castle Gardens near Welshpool are stunning at almost any time of the year

Througham Court, a stunning garden with a remarkable owner, this garden is open on rare occasions to privileged groups and we were one of them!

 John Massey's garden at Ashwood is fabulous with its year round beauty and at the wealth of unusual plants in a wonderful canal side garden setting

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A multi-functional gardening advice, news and family portal

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Below is just a sample of the most popular of Howard's Lectures, these now number well over 120 titles!

Music Interests

Over recent years I have been searching for new music to enjoy, some musicians have come via searching the Internet, others by being given copy DVD's which led me to buy more than thirty DVD's for one artist alone! I do hope you will enjoy my current tastes in music and you can follow some of my leads to take you to enjoy some of the best music in the world!

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Welcome to website.  This is both our family and a business website, here you will be able to find lots about Howard and Andrea Drury, their life styles and lots of gardening news and other information.

For those wanting to see my lecture list please go to lectures in the top bar and then choose a simple list or a descriptive list, both give details of my charges and travelling which is currently 35p. I do have one ask, please make any cheques payable to J H Drury or J Howard Drury as banks have tightened their systems supposedly on the grounds of counter terrorism! 

My lectures at the Swindon Community Centre seem to be going down very well with more than seventy people attending our rescheduled December meeting. We plan to run again this spring and Autumn with meetings on Friday 1st March 2019,  Friday 3rd May 2019, June 7th 2019. Please note we have shelved the April meeting and added June to make up the three spring meetings, I apologise but this is due to personal reason and also means there will not be an April day trip from Ashwood Nurseries. We will continue in the autumn with meetings on the following first Fridays of the month, September 6th, October 4th, November 1st and we aim to keep the fee to £10 for each THREE lectures to include tea or coffee and biscuits with at least one top guest speaker each three meetings. Just turn up and join us if you are interested the address is Swindon Community Centre, High St, Swindon, Dudley DY3 4NR. There is parking around the building and we aim to have plants and home made cakes for sale at each meeting. (Click here for much more)

We are also planning to open our garden again in 2019 so please watch this space for more details, but following on last years success we will probably hold it on two Saturdays again. Thanks to everyone for helping raise £1300 for MacMillan Cancer Support in 2018 by visiting our garden and purchasing Andreas incredible Jams and chutneys. (A lady of 84 told me recently she had bread and jam every day of her life but had never tasted anything as good as Andreas Jam, I will vouch for her green bean chutney! Andrea has already been hard at work making Seville Orange Marmalade from this years crop!

Below are some fact sheets that may be of interest to those of you who have seen me lecturing or giving advice over the last few weeks

Climbing, Twining and Other Wall Shrubs

Growing Clematis

Clematis Throughout The Year

Growing Clematis in Containers


Hellebore Cultivation

Hellebores The Species, Interspecies and Hybrids

Hellebores Problems, Pests, Diseases and Disorders

Hellebore Breeding at Ashwood Nurseries

Hellebore Breeders and Nurseries

Please do a search (the search box is top right hand side) on this website you will lots of more information about the subjects covered in my recent lectures.

Howard and Andrea Drury  31st January 2019


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We live in Kings Heath, a suburban village some 3 miles south of Birmingham city centre. My work and hobby interests revolve around gardening and over the years this has widened as I use my love of photography and computers to compile and present many fascinating lectures about diverse and general aspects of gardening using the latest digital technology.

I also works closely with Ashwood Nurseries running winter lectures and day trips. From time to time I also organise garden holidays ranging from a long weekend in the UK to as much as a month visiting New Zealand. I also help with ExtraCare Charitable Trust running their Gardening Showcase competition and you can find out much more under News and Media, under the same heading there are also links to some of my other media activities in recent years such as the Black Country Bugle and provide freelance copy as requested for other magazines such as Amateur Gardening who recently requested copy about Growing Hellebores.

We both try to participate in village life. 

I sit on Kings Heath Residents Forum, a non political group that sits as a committee once a month with several open public meetings each year to raise awareness of issuses affecting Kings Heath.  The aim of this section is to bring you all the latest news about kings heath complete with links to the Residents Forum Website and other links of interest about our area. I will add more as news becomes available but we are working on the following issues

Road Safety and 20mph zones

New plans for parliamentary boundary changes

Reopening of Kings Heath Railway station