Magnolia campbellii

This tree has to be the most defiantly cheerful plant on the planet. It comes from the Himalayas and is one of the most ancient of true flowers. Through the coldest days of winter, it holds these magnificent blooms wrapped tightly in thick furry buds. In the coldest winters they go brown and drop but […]

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Letter from America

At the end of February I had the pleasure of giving a talk to the Berkshire Botanical Garden in New England, USA. William Robinson has a very strong following in the USA and it was exciting to meet so many lovely people, all passionate about wild gardening. I had the luck to spend time with […]

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With high pressure hanging over us at the start of the month, the first few days of spring feel tangibly close. A few days of sun brings the whole garden to life and suddenly the first flowers of the garden show their charm. Daphne, Winter Sweet and Sarcococca, planted around the entrance of the Manor fill […]

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November – in the garden news

Now that we are at the end of Autumn, and the forests around us are putting on the last of their magnificent display, we are at last ready to start planting our tulips. It has taken us about three weeks to work through the flower garden borders; removing annuals, dividing perennials and planting out for […]

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Our five favourite ‘Spooky’ plants at Gravetye this week

Gravetye Manor can be considered one of the most historically influential gardens in the country, as it was once the home of pioneering Victorian gardener and writer William Robinson. Our top five favourite ‘Spooky’ plants in the gardens this week are: Begonia ‘given to me by my mum’ Cynara cardunculusCynara cardunculus Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’ Persicaria ‘Red […]

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