Tag: garden

Stirrings of Spring

As we push on into February, the nights draw out with ever greater strength, and we begin to see stirrings of Spring beginning to emerge with strong urgency. Despite the harsh cold of this month, snowdrops sparkle amongst the garden, adding dashes of shimmering white exuberance to the austerity, alongside the very first dashes of playfulFind out more

Merry Christmas

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 haveFind out more

Protecting the Stour

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 ofFind out more

Interns old, interns new & some fundraising days!

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

Summer on the horizon

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 overFind out more

Sculpture in the Garden

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.

Wisteria season

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 floribundaFind out more