Lots to discover in July at the Gardens

It’s been brilliant to welcome back visitors to the Gardens – since we reopened our gates on June 17, members
and visitors have enjoyed exploring the place once again and it’s wonderful to be able to share a quick chat with

There’s no doubt that our huge site felt empty without our visitors and friends, but we’ve been working hard to
make sure every area looks its best.

July will be no exception. We’ve already completed the summer planting on the Terrace and we’re also preparing
to add cacti, succulents and dahlias to our displays.

While there is no summer bedding this year, there is plenty of other interest to delight your eyes as you wander
around the gardens. The roses are looking particularly resplendent this year – so colourful and beautifully
scented. We really recommend a visit to this section of the garden this month: just follow your nose!

We’re continuing to work on the new Alan King Alpine Garden. The limestone outcrops are becoming home to
more species every day – in fact, we have 400 species at the moment and these will soon be joined by other

There are further surprises in other areas that have been improved recently: if you’re a regular visitor, you’ll see
some differences in the North American Bank, the Fern Garden and the Japanese Garden. There are lots of
things to discover and we hope you’ll give us some feedback on the improvements!

Finally, it’s not just our visitors that we are pleased are returning to the Gardens; our volunteers are also starting
to come back. We’ve missed their support and we’ve no doubt that their hard work will help us to ensure we are
on top of the maintenance in all 15 acres of external gardens and glasshouses.

We hope to see you soon.