Thursday, 27 June 2019

Summer holiday rock search!


The holidays are nearly here. Come on down and try our Summer Holiday Rock Search. There are map sheets, clipboards and pencils at Reception. And this time the rocks stay where you find them - no need to re-hide! The theme is birds, bees, and butterflies.
Normal entrance charges to the Garden apply. But we're very sorry no dogs are allowed in the Garden.


Between Mon 1st July and Fri 30th August, Monday to Friday only, the Garden will remain open until 8.30pm.

Friday, 24 May 2019

Friends plant sale Saturday 25th May from 11am.

Come along and buy some plants as well as enjoying other events in the Garden as part of Plant Power Day. Free entry and lots of activities for the whole family.

Monday, 1 April 2019

Plant of the Month April 2019


Corylopsis spicata (Winter hazel)

Family:  Hamamelidaceae
Origin: Japan
Location: Asian Plants
Accession: 1975




Corylopsis spicata is in the Witch Hazel family, a deciduous shrub up to 2m in height and 3m wide, native to Japan. The racemes of bell-shaped scented pale yellow flowers with red anthers are borne on bare stems in late winter and early spring. The alternate, broadly ovate, leaves are bristled with toothed edges, blue-green underneath and bright-green above. Leaf buds change from dark-red to dark green as the leaves emerge. It prefers moist, well-drained, acid soil and a sheltered site with partial shade.

Friday, 22 March 2019

In the Garden at the moment.
In the temperate glasshouse

Rhododendron in the temperate glasshouse

Aloe succotrina in the temperate glasshouse

Silver stemmed bramble beside the pond.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Plant of the Month March 2019

Pinus pumila (Dwarf Siberian Pine)

Family: Pinaceae
Origin: NE Asia
Location: Beside Native Plants
Accession: 1971

Pinus pumila is a coniferous evergreen shrub ranging from 1–3m in height. The leaves are needle-like, formed in bundles of five and are 4–6cm long. The cones are 2.5-4.5cm long, with large nut-like seeds. It is a native of north-eastern Asia, its range including eastern Siberia, north-east Mongolia, north-east China, northern Japan and Korea. It can be found along mountain chains, where it forms uninterrupted hard-to-pass thickets, and alongside the Okhotsk and Bering Seas and Pacific coast. It grows very slowly, especially in harsh conditions, and can live up to 300 and even 1000 years. It is often grown in ornamental parks and gardens