Looking after the garden at Ightham Mote

A team of 4 gardeners on their hands and knees planting the bedding display in the formal garden

Ever wondered how much work it takes to maintain Ightham Mote’s garden? As we carry out our work, we're going to update you with some of our highlights, as well as some tips and tricks.

Latest posts

03 Apr 18

Has spring finally sprung?

We are all looking forward to a belated spring, with the daffodils coming along nicely for a fantastic April display all around the garden. Hopefully they are announcing that spring is officially here. Other highlights to look out for are the camellias in the pleasure grounds, the chaenomeles (Japanese quince) near the stable cottages and all the dormant plants bursting into new growth. Keep your fingers crossed for successful germination of our latest wild flower meadow in the Orchard, and good weather to strengthen our lawns and boost the herbaceous plants when our garden team divide them.

Spring daffodils blooming in the Stable Courtyard at Ightham Mote.

16 Mar 18

Logs for the Great Hall fire

Recently, with the help of our rangers, our garden team have processed a large number of logs for the house fire. These were large ash logs which had been left for 2 - 3 years to season. The logs were too large for the Great Hall fireplace (taking two people to lift each one), so with the help of our volunteers, the team have split them to size. Hopefully enough supply for the Great Hall fire to see us through this chilly period.

An Ightham Mote volunteer adding logs to the log store

14 Feb 18

Weaving hazel hurdles

This week we found garden volunteer, Martin, hard at work weaving hazel hurdles in our cuttings garden. The hazel, which borders the garden beds, is coppiced from our garden and estate during winter, before the birds begin to nest. Repairing the structures can be an annual job, depending on how quickly the hazel dries out and breaks up.

A garden volunteer building hazel hurdles for the flower beds