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The Sunday Times Article
25th October 2009



Other publications written or contributed to by Judy

  • Contact from BBC Gardeners World for information on cutting spray chrysanthemums using Wisley Trials information which could be grown in the garden. 21 Feb 2010


  • RHS trials blog on AGM garden chrysanthemums by Graham Rice Feb. 2010 pictures from Wisley Trials by Graham


  • Saga Magazine October 2008 "Keeping mums" by John Hoyland pictures taken on allotments by James King


  • Summer 2008 Wisley tri-fold as to garden chrysanthemum care written in conjunction with Dr Andrew Ward of Norwell Nursery


  • Gardening News 27th February 2008 "Best Blooms for your garden" by Ivor Mace


  • NCS Chrysanthemum 2007 "Section 21 Garden Forms" By Judy Barker


  • The Garden November 2007 "Ending on a High Note" by Graham Rice plate picture of collection flowers by Tim Sandell


  • Hertfordshire Life September 2007 "The Late Show" by Phillipa Pearson pictures taken on allotments by Dan Martin


  • Nov. 2006 plants entered from collection to RHS Trials featured in the English Garden magazine plant focus "Hardy Chrysanthemums" by Jon Wheatley Pictures by Alison Cundy


  • Plant Heritage Spring 2006 "The forgotten garden plants" by Judy Barker


  • Nov. 2005 Short talk with pictures to Hertfordshire Hardy Plant Society


  • Garden Answers June 2005 "Chrysanths for late colour"


  • Amateur Gardening 18th October 2003 "AG reader's crazy for chrysanths"


Shows, Awards and Talks

  • 2009 Supplied pictures for the National Chrysanthemum Society to use on one part of their display boards at RHS Tatton Park July 2009

They were awarded a Silver-Gilt medal.

  • Picture display at Plant Heritage AGM Hatfield House June 2009


  • Autumn 2008 Anne Godfrey of Daisy Roots Nursery used plants originally from collection in a lovely display at RHS The Temple and Great Autumn Shows she was awarded a Silver-Gilt both times


  • Autumn 2007 at The RHS Temple show Anne Godfrey used chrysanthemum plant in part of her display, awarded a Silver Gilt


  • Picture display at Wisley Herbaceous Day 2008


  • Helped Otley Museum with display information about plat breeder Fred Simpson and "Otley Koreans"


  • Collection plants growing in the Wisley Autumn border 2007


  • Awarded the John Woolman Silver Medal March 2007 by the National Chrysanthemum Society


  • Cut flower and picture display of collection at Wisley Herbaceous Day Sept. 2006


  • Full Collection status for Chrysanthemum Korean, Rubellum and hardy spray Nov. 2004


  • Cut flower and picture display of collection at Wisley Chrysanthemum Open Day Sept 2004


Visits to collection

  • Autumn 2009 visit from Capel Manor Horticultural College, Perry plants given plus others for the walled garden autumn 2010 display


  • Autumn 2009 local U3A group visited twice.


  • Autumn 2008 photographer Marianne Majerus came to take pictures.


  • Autumn 2008 Professor Marks visited for late flowering chrysanthemums for Dulwich Park Winter garden. Plants exchanged.


  • Autumn 2008 visit from Capel Manor Horticultural College, plants exchanged.


  • Autumn 2008 visits from two plant breeders, plant material exchanged


  • Editor Gardens Monthly Magazine came down to take pictures and record an interview.


  • Autumn 2006 two visits from National Chrysanthemum Society to register plants for the NCS Register. Over 100 registered for the first time under Section 21 Garden Forms.


  • Autumn 2006 Graham Rice visited collection


  • Autumn 2006 Matthew Biggs visited collection
  • Autumn 2006 Hertfordshire Life sent a photographer


  • Autumn 2006 Tim Sandell photographer for the RHS The Garden visited twice to take pictures


  • Autumn 2006 Mark and Elaine Trenear of Southview Nurseries visited.


  • Autumn 2004 Rose Clay visited collection to take pictures for an Herbaceous workshop at RHS Lindley Hall, where she was giving a talk.


  • Autumn 2004 visit from Rosemary Mitchell, Hill Close Gardens, Warwickshire www.hillclosegardens.com




Wisley Trials


  • RHS Wisley Trials 2010

Half of the collection, some 100 cultivars will be going forward into the new trials

  • RHS Wisley Trials 2009

This section of the chrysanthemum trials has now come to an end with new entries to trials in 2010. AGM awards

  • RHS Wisley Trials 2007

AGM award to C. 'Ruby Raynor'

  • RHS Wisley Trials 2005

AGM awards to C. 'Ruby Mound' and C. 'Sea Urchin'


In the spring all the plants propagated by Andrew McDougall were ready for delivery to RHS Wisley for the Field Trials. Thank you so much Andrew for undertaking this task so willingly and in such a difficult winter which tested your greenhouse propagation space to the limits with all your other plants.

Andrew delivering the chrysanthemums to Wisley in May for the field trials


The result in mid-October at Wisley "going out with a colour fix".

The trials at RHS Wisley Deers Farm site will run from 2010-2012 undergoing full hardiness trials over two winters.



  • Judy was at Capel Manor for their Autumn Weekend in October 2010 with a wonderful smell of apples as they were being turned into juice. Well worth a day out there.


  • The boards were also put up at two RHS workshops held at Wisley 2010


  • Essex Plant Heritage Group came to the allotments 18th Sept 2010 to see the collection. Open Day on the allotments Sept. 25th 2010


  • Helped identify and date chrysanthemum labels from an archaeological survey of a walled garden Sept 2010 This was fun to do, a good excuse to sit down with all my old books.


  • Submitted a completed Hardiness survey 2010 on the collection chrysanthemums to Dr John David RHS Chief Scientist this could be used in conjunction with the findings on the RHS Chrysanthemum trials.



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