With Christmas fast approaching we are missing the usual bustle of wreath-making workshops and decorating the Great Hall with garlands and greenery for parties and carol singing. Big sighs all round. Instead, I have been trying my hand at some willow weaving to keep me busy during dark winter evenings. In the garden, we have … Find out more
Godinton works in partnership with the Kentish Stour Trust and their dedicated volunteers in order to help conserve the natural environment – and in this case, especially our waterways and the creatures that inhabit them. In several surveys during recent years, we’ve found evidence of white-clawed crayfish and water voles inhabiting the river, both of … Find out more
My name is Sarah, and as the new intern here at Godinton, I’ll be taking over the running of the House & Estate blogs for the year, as well as setting up an ‘In Focus’ blog once a month to explore some of the fantastic objects and architecture within Godinton in a bit more depth. … Find out more
The forecasters are telling us that summer is about to arrive and our cut flower beds are starting to fill with colour. This lovely Aquilegia ‘Tequila Sunrise’ gives us buckets of juicy orange flowers every year. The Japanese wisteria (floribunda ‘Multijuga’) has been making visitors gasp this week. Its extraordinarily long flowers make a shimmering curtain over … Find out more
The colours of our Cornus bed in the Wild Garden are glowing hot on a cold dull day.
Janine Creaye’s ‘Sickle Headed Night’ and ‘Flame Headed Day’. This is the last weekend to see Sculpture in the Gardens show with 23 artists showing 85 pieces of their work. Come and enjoy following the trail and don’t miss the cream teas in the tea room!
The first week of our “Sculpture in the Garden” has been a huge success! The work of twenty artists with wildly differing work in wood, glass, ceramics, iron and steel, are dotted around all areas of the Garden. The show will continue for another two weeks, finishing on the 17th August.
Our wonderful collection of Delphiniums, which we will be celebrating with a festival later in the month, have made an early arrival, rocketing up in the mild spring weather and bursting into flower.
Working in the gardens at the moment we are surrounded with the fabulous scents of the wisterias. There are several of the Chinese wisterias which are so heavily scented that on a warm day they seem to fill the garden even now that they are getting to the end of their season. The Wisteria floribunda … Find out more
Dave and Vince drew the short straws and had to dive in to remove algae which is thriving in the mild weather. Hoping the water lilies will start to shade the surface soon and help to control the growth of the algae. The surface is reflecting like a mirror again.