Potting Shed News

Read updates from the formal gardens of Cliveden.

Chantal Lawrence, Assistant Head Gardener Chantal Lawrence Assistant Head Gardener
A couple looking at a wisteria plant

Potting Shed News: Shades of blue

Throughout the garden bearded irises are starting to flower, wisteria is climbing the brick walls and the beautiful star-shaped camassias are now looking their best.

Meghan Markle leaves Cliveden for Windsor, with her mother, having spent the eve of her wedding in the Cliveden House Hotel on the National Trust’s Cliveden Estate.

Potting Shed News 3 December 2018

2018 was another fantastic year at Cliveden. Re-cap what was happening in the gardens in this edition of Potting Shed News.

Cliveden Pansies

Potting Shed News 13 November 2018

We can finally take a break from all the hard work over the last five weeks now that the autumn bedding changeover is complete for another year.

Cliveden Long Garden

Potting Shed News: 150th edition special

Our bedding changeover process is well underway with both the semicircle at the southern end of the Parterre and the Long Garden now planted up.

Potting Shed News 5 October 2018

Potting Shed News: Bedding Changeover

The garden team have now begun the biannual task of bedding changeover on the Parterre and in the Long Garden. In total, they'll be planting a staggering 37,350 bedding plants with 14,800 bulbs.

Potting shed news 10 September

Potting Shed News: Last of the summer colour

Despite the heatwave that seemed to last an age, the gardens have remained very colourful, especially our annual bedding displays.

Potting Shed News 13 July 2018

Potting Shed News: Farewell to Andrew

On Friday 20 July, we said goodbye to our Head Gardener Andrew Mudge. After over 12 years at Cliveden and forty years with the National Trust, he and his wife Lyn are heading off for retirement in East Devon where he will no doubt spend many more hours looking after his own garden as well as heading out to sea on his fishing boat.

June 10 Potting shed news

Potting Shed News: Planting 40,000 bedding plants

It’s been a while since the last edition of PSN partly because the team has been working flat out on our bedding changeover process. This biannual task sees us plant up over 40,000 bedding plants on the Parterre, in the Long Garden, Duke’s Garden and, new for this year, the lower terrace.

Cliveden's spring Long Garden

Potting Shed News: What have we been up to?

The gardens have been looking so colourful in the sunshine recently but make the most of them as over the next few weeks, we'll be removing the spring bedding and replacing them with 45,000 plants as part of our biannual changeover process.

Potting Shed News A rainbow of colour

Potting Shed News: A rainbow of colour

Considering the weather conditions the plants have suffered over the past few months, it's an incredible feat of nature they could put on such a great display.

Spring Daffodil

Potting Shed News: Know your Narcissus

There are plenty of opportunities to “wander lonely as a cloud” and spot crowds of golden daffodils around the estate.

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Potting Shed News: Signs of Spring

There’s plenty of colour beginning to appear around the gardens, proving that spring is on the way.