Potting Shed News

Read updates from the formal gardens of Cliveden.

Mark Lamb, Assistant Head Gardener Mark Lamb Assistant Head Gardener
Cliveden pumpkin 2019

Potting Shed News: Portly pumpkins

The pumpkins are ripe and ready for autumn feasts and celebrations. Ruth will be displaying them by the Gift Shop, so do come and marvel at squashes of all shapes and sizes. It is also the start of bedding changeover. Read on for the 2020 spring bedding preview.

A topiary bird at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire.

Potting Shed News: Tremendous Topiary

Now is the time to take a walk through the Long Garden to admire the sharp geometric shapes of the topiary. This year it was a real team effort with many of the team cutting the topiary for the first time and doing a fantastic job maintaining the obelisks, spirals and peacocks.

A ball dahlia at Anglesey Abbey

Potting Shed News: Dazzling Dahlias

Dahlias are certainly back in vogue and Cliveden is no exception. We have increasingly used these Mexican flowers on the Forecourt borders and in the Long Garden. Find out how to create your own dazzling borders at home.

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.