December 2019 Wreathmaking - a busy morning followed by lunch was enjoyed by all in preparation for Christmas.
Sarah Price's planting in the rose garden is now in it's second year and very much admired by visitors. Groups, gardening clubs and societies of 10+ are most welcome. Please get in touch if you would like to arrange a group visit.
Visitors were not put off by the rain and enjoyed a cup of tea and a slice of cake in the Oak Room. They were all able to see the new areas of planting, the fernery, orchard and gravel garden.
It was great fun having the experts and contributors to stay for a month and to watch them doing their thing.
Episode one was aired on Friday 11th January 2019. Further details at BBCiplayer.
In October the walled garden was cleared for new planting of quince, mulberry, mirabelle, fig, apple and pear trees.
In 2018 the rose garden and a very rare Welsh apple orchard were replanted. The rose garden was designed by Sarah Price of Olympic Gardens, London and Chelsea Flower Show gold medal brilliance.
This was a challenging project as in Spring 2018, 40 tons of old top soil had to be removed and 40 tons of new soil replaced in the beds - hard work by wheelbarrow in between several heavy falls of snow. The result has been a delight not just for the family but many visitors both human and insect. The abundant summer sun, flowers and foliage have been a magnet for bees and butterflies.
This winter the original small greenhouse will be restored and a nuttery, figgery, quincetum and mulberryetum planted in the walled garden.
Plans are also underway in 2019 for a new fernery and bastion walk in the woodland below the formal gardens.