Looking after the garden at Ightham Mote

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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

06 Jun 18

The shape of things to come

Our gardeners have been enjoying some well deserved sun lately as they replant our Formal Garden. Part of the work involves the shaping of the bushes here or topiary. Gardener, Pippa, has the responsibility of getting the topiary bushes picture-perfect for the summer. No pressure Pippa.

Ightham Mote gardener shaping topiary bush

02 May 18

Anyone for tennis?

Our North Lawn looked like a mixture of Wimbledon and Wembley after gardener, Jonathan, completed his first cut of the season. To achieve this finish, he initially used a ride-on mower before using the cylinder mower to put in the stripes.

North Lawn at Ightham Mote with stripes after first cut of the season.

18 Apr 18

Divide and conquer

Our gardeners and their volunteers have recently lifted and divided the plants in the north and south beds of our Stable Courtyard. They then added more bulbs, including Nerines and more Crocosmia. As well as supporting the health of the plants, this also gave the team the chance to move some plants around so those that prefer a sunnier spot could be moved to the south facing bed (and vice-versa).

Gardener dividing plants in flower bed in Stable Courtyard at Ightham Mote