On Saturday 7th October a merry band of volunteers repeated history by planting dozens of new rhododendron plants in the American Garden. The garden formed one of the key features of the new park when first laid out by Lt. Colonel J. J. Sexby in the late 1880s.
In recent years some of the more mature shrubs have suffered, with both honey fungus and suspected phytophthora. A recent maintenance plan has included large volunteer groups clearing the American Garden of brambles, as well as major cut back by the idverde team to tackle areas where the shrubs are overgrowing onto the paths. They will regenerate.
Thanks to: Emily, Emma, Thea, John, Trevor, Stella, Yasmin, Jackie, Mark and especially to Head Gardener Gerry and his apprentice Reece, for their expert guidance.
Next up: bluebell planting on 4th November. Why not come along? It’s great fun, and you’ll see the fruits of your labours blossoming in the spring…