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Walled Garden - Springing into Life
This time last year the hard landscaping of the Walled Garden had just been completed - difficult to remember now, how it looked!
Spring has now officially arrived, and the Walled garden is coming to life. Already we have enjoyed some special snowdrops in the White Border, varieties donated by Cleo Mussi and Sir Henry Elwes, and galanthus nivalis at the top of the border, where last April volunteer Geoff had patiently planted the bulbs one by one.
Now we have a Spring bank of primroses and narcissi near the hedgerow, the hawthorn hedge is turning green; on the top White Border the Magnolia Stellatas are about to bloom. A thick cluster of crocuses, planted as a community event last autumn, give a splash of yellow and purple next to the lawn.
In the autumn, Cleo Mussi (our garden 'partron') selected varieties of tulips for a 'cutting bed' in the raised beds; soon visitors will be able to buy a bunch of tulips to take home; The Walled Garden in a small way is serving its original purpose of providing fruit and flowers for the house!
Dolly tubs (note: not from the Museum Collection!) are used as planters at the Pavilion for olive trees, and three pots of black - stemmed bamboo from Cleo's own garden.
If that wasn’t enough the Pergola (the last design element from the Master Plan developed by Austin Design Works) is now installed. This was made by Gloucester Street Forge and generously paid for by the Friends of the Museum. Eventually, this feature will become a 'fruit tunnel'; Days Cottage, who provided the heritage trees for the orchard area, are advising on the choice of trees. The arches will be under planted with fruit bushes - with Cleo and the other volunteers recently planting raspberries, loganberries, strawberries and gooseberries.
Finally, one of our invaluable volunteers, Alison, assisted by another volunteer Caroline, has completed an incredible task in compiling a comprehensive list of all of the plants we have in the Walled Garden so far, complete with images for plant identification, planting and pruning advice. The listing of plans is a mammoth task, but so important at the start of a new garden; and a frustrating job too, as plants will be moved about, or may be lost. We are truly grateful to Alison for producing this important documentation of the Project. The folder is kept in the Garden Volunteers Shed, as a point of reference for volunteers and visitors alike. Please ask our Garden Volunteers next time you are visiting and want to know more.
This is the first full year of the Garden being open and we look forward to welcoming you to the Museum and Garden in near future.
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Walled Garden - Secrets to be revealed
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Walled Garden: More Sneak Peaks
As progress continues on establishing the secret garden, we invite you to have a sneak peak!
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