How does this sound for a morning trip: Sitting in a draughty and dripping polytunnel with the prospect of walking around a garden in the rain – well it may not sound great but it was because we all met our friends, we had very welcoming hosts, lots of tea and some interesting plants to view.
The walled garden extends to two acres and is not actually sited in the best place as it suffers from strong winds which eddy over a solid structure (wind breaks are more effective when the wind is filtered) it is also low lying and in a frost pocket – add to this the fact the walls have not got foundations and this means that rabbits can actually burrow beneath the walls – and they did – eating off a batch of freshly potted plants.These are just some of the ups and downs of running a nursery.
Excerpt from Newsletter article by Gordon Malt
On we went (after lunch in a very welcoming hostelry) to another walled garden, the home of Wildegoose Nursery. This walled garden is part of the Millichope Estate and has been occupied by Laura and Jack, owners of Wildegoose, for the past 5 years.
When you walk through the gates, your attention is immediately drawn to the magnificent curved glasshouses on the back wall. These have been saved and restored by Laura and Jack with the help of various grants.
Excerpt from Newsletter article by Sue Potter
All photos by Paul Norris
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