What's been happening in Quarry Bank Garden?

The nuttery under development

The nuttery under development

This spring, the garden team have been busy planting. On Ferney Brow, new Rhododendrons, trees, woodland perennials and ferns have been planted on the bare slopes. Along the riverside and on the zig-zag slopes, ground cover planting has been added.

In May the spring bedding plants were stripped out from the Ladies garden and the summer bedding scheme planted out. This year we’ve taken inspiration from the Victorians’ love of colour and have planted blue salvias, pink pelargoniums, red begonias and purple heliotrope-3000 plants have been used to create a real hit of colour.

In the upper garden, the vegetable beds have been expanded and the cut flower border planted up which will flower from late summer to autumn and provide us with many bunches of flowers. We have also begun clearance work in the western slips area of the upper garden so that we can create a nuttery. From our archive records we know that the Greg family grew filbert nut trees (filberts are similar to hazelnuts) and so this autumn we will be planting 30 filbert plants, but before then there’s a lot more work to be done!