The warm sunshine and recent showers are moving things along in the garden at a gallop. The bearded iris collection has recovered from a major renovation and is flowering well. We are very excited to see our new addition in the Long Border Iris ‘Godinton’, bred by Iris of Sissinghurst. The peonies are all covered … Find out more
The flowering season of ornamental cherries is short (especially if hit by bad weather) but stunning and this years display of magnolias and cherries is making up for the poor daffodil showing after last years dry season. We have scattered Scilla siberica bulbs around the garden and hope they will naturalise to give us … Find out more
The daffodil meadow is starting to bloom and should be at its peak for Mothers Day. Some of the other plants are as confused by our weather as we are. The magnolias looked as though they were about to burst into flower in sunny February but ducked back in as soon as the weather cooled … Find out more
The gardens are open for the 2019 season and the fabulously warm February has got everything off to a flying start – especially the bees. At this time of year it’s all about these bright little jewels – crocuses, hepaticas and japanese quince.
The deep blue skies and bright light of this Indian summer make everything in the garden a bit more spectacular. Fruit crops have been fantastic – the quince trees loved this long, hot summer and our potato harvest was smaller in numbers but these Cara potatoes were the size of rugby balls!
We’re still enjoying lots of colour in the garden with Asters, Rudbeckias, Sedums and Dahlias but as the temperatures start to drop the warm reds and oranges give us all a bit of a glow. In the Walled Garden the Dahlias and Zinnias are still producing hundreds of buds and giving us the chance to … Find out more
It’s time to celebrate the ‘Queen of the Border’ at Godinton. Our collection of Elatum Delphiniums in the Walled Garden are bursting into magnificent flower and we’re organizing some special events to make the most of them. Members of the local branch of the Delphinium Society will be here selling plants and giving the best … Find out more
It’s Iris time at Godinton and we are attempting to identify our beautiful collection of bearded iris which have got themselves into a bit of a muddle. Daily sessions with lists, labels and google are making a difference but this is one of the unidentified. Let us know if it’s familiar to you! Our famous Japanese … Find out more
On Saturday May 12th Head Gardener, Viv Hunt, will be running a new workshop on plant manipulation and training. It will be a morning of tips, advice and demonstrations on how to create topiary, improve the shape of trees and shrubs, and train plants to suit your space and still produce an abundance of fruit … Find out more
Head Gardener, Viv Hunt, is preparing for a new workshop on Saturday 21st of April all about annuals. She’ll be looking at what to grow to fill borders, pots and vases with colour all through the season. Starting at 9.30 with coffee and cake and finishing with the chance to sow a few seeds to … Find out more