Planting the Parterre at Cliveden
Every spring and summer our floral planting on the six-acre Parterre provides a colourful spectacle. But what goes into creating these impressive displays?
Thousands of work hours
We have 12 full-time gardeners and over 40 volunteers who freely give their time to help us in the garden.
When it comes to changing over the displays (in autumn and late spring) it’s all hands to the Parterre for 15 days of intensive, back-breaking work.
Of course, keeping the Parterre’s lawns tidy and the beds free of weeds is hundreds of hours more – we spend 18 hours a week just cutting the grass inside the beds in the height of the season.
A precise eight-stage plan
With every change over, our gardening team follow the same detailed process:
Lift the existing display
Single dig all 16 triangular beds,18 pyramid beds and the semi-circle, removing roots and stones
Tidy and trim the 3.2 miles of bed edges
Sculpt and level the soil in the beds, removing any remaining debris
Mark out the shapes that will be used in this display’s design
Place the plants. Each triangular bed has up to1,450 plants in summer and 900 plants plus 400 bulbs for the spring display
Plant beds, checking that the plants are evenly spaced and in straight lines
Final levelling of the soil and tidy edges
A breathtaking view
The Terrace above the Parterre offers a perfect vantage point to look down on the display. But a wander amongst the beds is as rewarding too, as you’ll see the fine, detailed planting that creates the mass of colour.
Our spring display is usually at its peak from mid April to mid May with the summer display coming into bloom from late June through until September.
Exact timings can vary, depending on the weather, so do give us a call on 01628 605 069 if you’re going to make a special trip.