24 April 2013, 3.30pm
Enjoy a short walking tour of Strawberry Hill’s garden and surrounding area. Includes discussion of the themes and properties that influenced the design of Horace’s garden and placing it in the context of the historical landscape. Starts at 3.30pm and lasts approximately 40 minutes. Tours are free of charge and there is no need to book, just show up on the day.
No booking required.
Helleborus foetidus is easy to grow and useful for difficult places in the garden as it tolerates dry shade and survives under the canopies of trees, where it will gradually naturalise and self-seed.
The slow start to spring has meant that progress in the garden has been difficult; the cold and wet weather has not yet allowed us to get our spring planting under way. However we did manage to get 10,000 snowdrops in the ground in various parts of the garden. We have started propagating seeds for our annual border, mainly amaranthus, marigolds and myrabolis, also some vegetable seeds have also been sown in the community garden.
The Richmond young carers have been building a fantastic willow grotto in the garden. This will be a living structure, with the willow stems rooting into the ground, and should come into leaf in the coming weeks. This is the first new addition to our garden trail, which will be a series of projects around the grounds for children to explore and get in involved with.
We have started to plant three larch trees (larix decidua), these are coniferous trees mainly planted for their architectural form.
We have constructed more beds for our community garden. This is managed by our lottery funded NVQ apprentice, planting begins in ernest soon!
With attractive marbled leaves for at least nine months of the year, and a fine display of pale- to deep-pink, delicate blooms pirouetting gracefully on slender stalks through the autumn months, cyclamen is one of the most popular woodland shade plants.
Our Cyclamen recently planted in the Priors Garden are settling in well. Thanks to Painshill Park for supplying them. http://www.painshill.co.uk/
Photos to follow!