Meet The Gardener

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Name Kevin Barnett Experience: After a career in public service, I retrained and studied a RHS advanced certificate in Horticulture and a Foundation degree in Garden Design at Sparsholt College. I have been a professional gardener for nine years. What’s your gardening specialty? My specialties are probably planting combinations and garden design. Pruning is also

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It is never quiet in Winter!

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‘Winter must be a quiet time of the year for you’ is often the response our gardening team receive when they are asked what they do for a living. The response is invariably along the lines of ‘well it depends on what type of garden you work in’ because at Houghton Lodge Gardens, the winter

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Meet the gardener

Meet the gardener

Name:  Georgina Quin, known as George What’s your gardening experience / background: I studied RHS horticulture exams and Garden Design at Sparsholt College Hampshire. I have been a gardener for 11 years working on small to medium gardens in and around Salisbury. What’s your gardening specialty:  Herbaceous plants and vegetables What’s your favourite flower and

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Autumn bulb planting

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Houghton Lodge Gardens closed for the season at the end of September following a tremendous 2016. We’ve seen the gardens bloom with every colour throughout the year from the tulips in spring, the wildflower beds in summer and the dazzling dahlias of autumn. But just because the gardens have closed to the public until April

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Tales from the Walled Garden

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Suffering with Box Blight? Whilst we love our jobs and enjoy being outside tending to plants and flowers, there can be some frustrating times. Perhaps when a plant, shrub or seed doesn’t take to a particular soil and the growth isn’t as exceptional as hoped, or when a plant is attacked by a pest or

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Tales from the Walled Garden

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How to prune fruit trees in the summer The last week of August is the time we start the summer pruning espalier fruit trees. At Houghton Lodge Gardens, there are over 32 varieties of apples and the trees form the central avenue through the Walled Garden. The espalier pear trees grow very happily against the

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Tales from the Walled Garden

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 July Jobs We’re starting to think that summer has passed us by. Whilst the gardens are enjoying the regular watering they also need a good period of bright and warm sunshine.  Not only does it keep our visitors and us happy, but also the flowerbeds show their appreciation by exploding into colour. However, whatever the

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Tales from the Walled Garden

Peonies

Pretty peonies all in a row At Houghton Lodge Gardens, we are very proud of our Peony Walk. From the beginning of June the glamorous, blousy blooms line the paths under the rose arbors with shades of pinks – from deep crimson to powder pink and delightful sweet smelling fragrances.Peonies (Paeonia) are low maintenance and pretty simple to grow. They prefer

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Tales from the Walled Garden

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Doing the Chelsea Chop Now that the evenings are lighter for longer, there’s even more time to be pottering about in the garden to try and get the most from your borders and displays. As gardeners, we are always looking at methods to increase and enhance the floral delights across the gardens. There is a

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Meet The Gardeners

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Hello Spring! Meet the Gardeners that make the grounds so beautiful at Hampshire’s horticultural destination – Houghton Lodge Gardens The gardening team at Houghton Lodge Gardens. Above (left to right) Kevin Barnett, Hazel Smith and Stella Weir. The extensive gardens and grounds of Houghton Lodge are studded with fine trees, flower and vegetable gardens, formal

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