Creating a Garden View

At the start of this month we had the official opening of our new dining room and it was an honour to be invited.  The hotel has been closed since January for this challenging project, and to sit in the newly completed building with the team who had worked so hard made it all worthwhile.  The restaurant is designed to offer the best view of the garden possible and the effect is really quite impressive. 

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William Robinson Festival 2018

We are thrilled to officially announce the date of our annual William Robinson Festival. We invite you to enjoy the gardens at Gravetye Manor at this special event celebrating the life of their creator, pioneering Victorian gardener William Robinson. Join us for a full day of celebrations, which include: garden talks, flower demonstrations, local cheese showcase, morris dancing, plant sale and much more.

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Although it seems early in the year to be thinking about Winter veg, a lot of the staples for the Winter months need a lot of time to develop and parsnips are no exception. We would usually start them from seed a couple of weeks earlier than we have this year but due to the big freeze we have delayed until now.

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Bay Tree

A few years ago we took the decision to cut back the bay tree in the Kitchen Garden and it has responded so well that it is now time to do it again. If we were to leave the tree to get too big it would create a large area of dry shade in the middle of the garden as well as dominating the views as you move through the veg garden. As you can see from the before picture it was also taking on a rather curious shape due to the ‘grazing line’ of both florists and chefs. Although this looks rather brutal and dramatic it will soon bounce back and be both better looking and easier to harvest.

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