Potting Shed News

Read updates from the formal gardens of Cliveden.

Mark Lamb, Assistant Head Gardener Mark Lamb Assistant Head Gardener
Prunus cerasifera nigra (Black cherry plum) blossom at Cliveden

Potting Shed News April 2021

We're delighted to say that volunteers are now back working hard in the gardens at Cliveden after a break of nearly three months. And what a riot of blossom they're returning to. In this edition, learn about some of the trees putting on a glorious, frothy display.

Snowdrops Cliveden

Potting Shed News March 2021

March is a busy month for gardeners. It's time to sow in your veg patch - read all about ideal soil conditions to encourage new seedlings to grow. Learn the art of pruning roses to ensure spectacular blooms come the summer.

helleborus x hybridus 'White Lady' Cliveden

Potting Shed News February 2021

Though the weather may be wet and cold and most plants may be bereft of both leaves and colour, there’s still plenty of garden interest here at Cliveden. Enjoy some of the highlights to be found in the Water Garden and Long Garden in February, and read about the latest updates to the Water Garden Project.

Water Garden Path Works Cliveden December 2020

Potting Shed News December 2020

With Christmas approaching, we review the glorious gardens of Cliveden during the most unusual year in living memory. Read about the Water Garden Project which is under way and learn how to make your garden a haven for hedgehogs.

Fly agaric fungi nestled amongst autumn leaves

Potting Shed News November 2020

This month learn about our gardeners' battle with box blight, when to plant your spring bulbs, and what fabulous fungi you can see at Cliveden throughout November.

Peacock Topiary cut

Potting Shed News October 2020

Sharpen your shears as this October Potting Shed News is focused on the annual Long Garden topiary trim and starting the Parterre box hedge cut.

Cliveden Long Garden Mexican Sunflower

Potting Shed News September 2020

September's issue includes highlights from the Long Garden border, including an article on native trees.

Hot Border Cliveden Forecourts

Potting Shed News August 2020

This month the focus is on the Forecourt borders, summer fruit pruning and testing your knowledge on wildflowers. You can gain top tips on what you can be doing in your garden this August.

Cliveden Pyramidal Orchid Maple Hill Summer 2020

Potting Shed News July 2020

From Rose Garden update to orchid spotting, July's edition is packed with updates and most importantly a big welcome back to supporters.

Cliveden Cold Border Chelsea Chop Summer 2020

Potting Shed News June 2020

Discover what the 'Chelsea Chop' is from the Cold Border on the forecourts and find out how to create your own miniature alpine landscape.

Cliveden Parterre Shirley Tulip 2020

Potting Shed News May 2020

May's edition takes you around every garden to see what's in bloom whilst the estate was closed over May.

daffodils in the Ferneries at Cliveden during Gilded Gardens 2020

Potting Shed News April 2020

Though the estate we all know and love so well may be going through unprecedented times, and our own lives may be filled with concern, it’s well worth remembering that all around us, the beauty and colour of the natural world continues to flourish.

Cliveden Camellia x williamsii 'Saint Ewe'

Potting Shed News March 2020

In this month's edition, we find out what the gardens team have been up to over the winter months. There's a focus on three favourite blooms in the Water Garden that can be seen now, and we look ahead to the joys of spring and the Gilded Gardens display.

Daphne in the Water Garden at Cliveden

Potting Shed News February 2020

Christmas is a distant memory and January has flown by so to all our readers happy new year and welcome to a new decade in our gardens. This edition's focus is on the pruning that is taking place across the estate and we profile the beautiful-smelling Daphne that is wafting its scent across the Water Garden.