Gardener’s blog – July 2019

As summer comes into full swing (hopefully), we’ll be looking forward to showcasing our hard work to enhance different areas of the Gardens.

Our team of gardeners has worked hard over the past few months to improve some areas and they are looking fantastic.

In the herb garden, we’ve lowered the enclosing hedges and added some new planting, while over in the fern garden, we’ve supplemented the plants and it now feels lush and mysterious.

If you need a moment of relaxation and zen calm, we’ve top-dressed the Japanese garden with limestone gravel and it looks serene and spiritual.

We’ve also just started to work on the Alpine Yard and the new rock garden is taking shape… watch this space!

The popular summer display on the Loudon Terrace is also due to open in July, with its magnificent collection of cacti and other succulents. Some of these plants are very special and attractive, but do not come too close!

We’re looking forward to welcoming one new great addition to the Gardens: a fabulous show garden, which was at Gardeners’ World Live at the NEC last month. Worcestershire-based Martyn Wilson designed the well-being garden in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and we’ll start rebuilding this tranquil “green room” this month, to be launched to the public in August.

Don’t forget that we’re offering more guided tours this month, if you want to find out a bit more about the Gardens from our experts.

On Thursday, July 4, our head gardener Wayne will lead a tour of our popular Butterfly House, while on Wednesday, July 10 and 24, our former senior gardener Christine Morris will tell visitors about the history and heritage of the Gardens. The tours are inclusive of the admission price – just turn up on the day and meet in the reception.

Budding artists will also have the opportunity to enjoy some quality time in the Gardens this month at a six-week series of watercolour pencil art workshops, where you’ll have the chance to learn the techniques of capturing botanicals in this under-rated medium.

With the summer holidays looming, we’re hosting some fabulous family events – including a falconry day on July 24, and the stageplay of Alice in Wonderland, presented by Immersion Theatre on July 25.

Love live theatre? Where better to enjoy A Midsummer Night’s Dream than the Gardens? Book your tickets for the July 24 performance. We’re also hosting Treasure Island on July 10 and Pride and Prejudice on July 17. It’s a summer of classics!

Whatever your plans for this month, we hope you’ll fit in a visit or two to the Gardens. You’ll be assured of a warm welcome!