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Winter garden tours
Although the garden is closed for the winter months you can join a garden tour up until 15 February. After this the garden will be open as per the handbook and our opening times page.
The tours will be led by our lovely, new volunteer Garden Hosts on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12pm and 2pm.
Meet at our new Visitor Reception to join one of the tours.
Mick's gardening tips
At this time of the year myself and my team of gardeners are busy looking through vegetable and flower seed catalogues in the hope and anticipation of finding something new to display in the garden at Packwood during the summer. Most of the main seed suppliers have printed and distributed their new catalogues by now for 2014. We must be quick to send off our orders though as we usually start seed sowing under glass at the beginning of February.
Succulents for the café
Peter in the nursery has done a sterling job of preparing a horde of succulents in terracotta pots which Lucy arranged in the Garden Kitchen café.
At last Mick has found another place to over-winter his ever-growing plant collection. The big yucca is a species known as ‘elephantipes’ and the dinky little woolly looking house leeks are the variety Spider’s Lair.
The Kitchen Garden
John has been banging away in the tool shed here at Packwood on his latest invention, which he will reveal to the world in due course. Needless to say it involves triangles and roof tiles.
He has also been working with Dave Weaver, the building site supervisor, clearing the building site around the Garden Kitchen of old wooden planks and other building materials. He has now has amassed a great deal of building materials for himself so keep an eye out for more unusual structures in around the property over the coming months.