Local MP, and Patron of our Fine Homes tour, Maggie Barry was true to her word and avoided the topic of the upcoming election during her well-received talk on exceptional gardens. Drawing from her experiences of hosting of the Maggie’s Garden Show on TV and guiding numerous tours around famous gardens, she gave us a virtual tour of some of the finest gardens in Europe and China. She described the elements that made Monet’s garden in France and traditional Chinese gardens so successful.

She did admit to a nod to her political world by noting that for her upcoming wedding, her Devonport garden would use a blue and white theme (with no hint of red).

Maggie also has the distinct honour of having a hybrid tea rose named after her.