Tales from the Walled Garden: May 2018

Tales from the Walled Garden: May 2018 By Stella Weir, Gardener at Houghton Lodge Gardens Is May my favourite month of the year? Probably. All the new green foliage as the trees leaf out against the backdrop of a brilliant blue sky, nothing can beat that. The rate of perennial growth is truly incredible, turn

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April 2018

April 2018 Being patient with the weather April can be a mixed bag weather-wise; one day it can be hot and sunny, the next wet and windy and by the weekend winter can have returned.  As gardeners we are all desperate to get outside, making full use of the lighter evenings and chomping at the

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Gardens Open Easter Sunday

Houghton Lodge Gardens open on Easter Sunday for the start of the 2018 season, we thought we would provide a quick update what we have been busy with whilst the gardens have been closed to the public. Bulbs Throughout October and November the gardening team completed the bulb planting for the 2018 season, including 2000

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September

It is hard to believe that there are only a few weeks until the garden shuts for the season. It has been a fantastic year and the gardening team; Stella, Georgina and Kevin have been encouraged by plenty of compliments from visitors on the beauty of the gardens. Houghton Lodge Gardens has developed significantly over

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Meet The Gardener

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!

‘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

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

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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