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Members & their Greenhouses
William "Chad" Stone  

   We visited Chad in early July and a rare fine summer day. Chad lives in Tiverton, Devon, in an elevated position giving wonderful views toward the Blackdown Hills and the M.5. in the far distance.  As a result his rear garden, where the greenhouses are situated, are on one the steepest locations we have ever seen.
   That being said, the tiered landscape garden is a joy to behold. Chad’s wife Ann, a flower arranger, does not “go” on begonias and as a result Chad also grows sweet peas and dahlias to a high standard together with cordon fruit that looked delicious.
   He has been growing begonias for some five years competitively and has two greenhouses. One at the top of the garden is a cedar wood, 10’ x 14’, and the other half way down is aluminium, 8’ x 10’. Historically he has grown pot plants but this year is trying blooms for the first time, subsequently taking a first in the novice class at Bideford.
   Chad is a regular supporter of the local SW Area show at Bideford, taking a number of cards over the years and also exhibits displays at local shows. 


Chad Stone


View of Blackdown Hills


Stairway to "garden heaven"


Jennifer Wilson


Saturn


Bloom house


Main greenhouse left


Tom Willoughby, Chad & Don Dewey


Main greenhouse right

Pictures and text by Basil Billinger  July 2008

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