Guernsey’s historical pre-eminance as a horticultural centre for tomatoes is well known. Less well known is Guernseys cultivation of table grapes, which at one time was THE main export industry. The remnants of this industry can still be found in the language of your average ‘guern’ today – who often refers to greenhouses exclusively as vineries – even though its many decades since they grew any grapes.
Doctor Doolittle may have been able to talk to the animals but what about plants ? Prince Charles is famous for his chatty behaviour towards his plant friends but, do plants ‘talk’ to each other ?
The legend of how Guernsey’s flower got its name is an intriguing whimsical tale. In this article we look at the legend as well as the probable ways it came to island.
What colour are carrots ? … is this a joke? … orange of course ,even the pigment that gives it it’s orange colour is called beta-carotene. Hmmm you might not be so sure after you read this article.
At its height there were 2,000 growers in Guernsey exporting nearly half a billion tomatoes every year. Today the industry is all but gone we look in this article at the rise and fall of a Guernsey legend.