Kelmarsh gardener Sam Baillie appeared on the BBC’s The Instant Gardener recently to offer his advice to a family looking to create a low-allergen garden. The show featured couple Lydia and Aydin from Northamptonshire whose son Mavi suffers from severe hayfever, which restricts how much time he can spend outdoors playing in their garden.
Lydia visited Kelmarsh Hall with presenter Helen Skelton as part of the filming and they spoke to Sam, whose grandmother suffers similar problems with hayfever. His advice included avoiding plants with smaller pieces of pollen that are spread easily by the wind and mowing the lawn on a regular basis to stop pollen getting trapped in the grass. Sam also suggested using flowers such as roses because the petals are closer together and help to keep the pollen inside.
Sam, a student horticulturist who is undertaking a RHS-supported traineeship at Kelmarsh Hall, is proving to be very passionate about gardening and is keen to hone his skills in the Grade II* listed gardens at Kelmarsh Hall.