Thursday May 23, 2024

Cultivating Tough Plants for Scottish Gardens with Rona Dodds

In this episode, M.T. O'Donnell chats with Rona Dodds, the passionate owner of Quercus Garden Plants. Nestled at 850 feet above sea level on a northwest slope with poor clay soil, Rona’s nursery is a testament to resilience and dedication.

As she shares her journey of transforming a challenging landscape into a thriving garden space, Rona provides insights into plant propagation, weathering storms, and the daily hurdles and triumphs of running a nursery.

Learn about Rona's top plant picks for Scottish gardens, and pick up invaluable tips for new gardeners, as we delve into the world of Quercus Garden Plants, based at Whitmuir Farm, Lamancha EH46 7BB.


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