We are very sad to be saying goodbye to our Head Gardener, John Bone, who is retiring after many years at Houghton Lodge.
John will be remembered for his traditional style of gardening and his terrific knowledge about all aspects of horticulture, including pruning the many fruit trees, planting spectacular bulb displays, maintaining a quintessential veg bed, and looking after the hydroponicum through its glory years. Most of all we shall remember him for his dedicated love of mowing and keeping all those stripes so straight on the front lawn! His knowledge extended way beyond the garden-to looking after the mowers, the cars, the heating for the greenhouses and house and putting on the dishwasher in the teahouse every night! Although we have never tested him, we believe he knows all the Latin names of the plants in the garden!
We also say goodbye to one of our amazing volunteers, Marian Rashleigh, who has been a tremendous help and support over the years. She and John have worked together on many garden projects including the bulb displays which Marian helped design. A great archivist and researcher she helped identify many a relic that was produced following the excavation of the Ice house. She is also an incredible photographer and has kept a fabulous record of Houghton through the seasons. Both Marian and John have been a huge support to my parents in law over the last 19 years.
We thank them both and wish them all the best.