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Garden visits in Rothbury

April 22 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Whitton Grange and Whittondean Willow plot

Location: Rothbury, Northumberland

Picnic/share lunch

We shall start with a visit to John Monaghan’s garden where John will give us a guided tour.

Whitton Grange house and garden were designed in the Arts and Craft style by Robert Mauchlen between 1919 and 1921.

The garden at Whitton is a classic Edwardian design with a series of ‘rooms’. The garden has constantly changing levels and views. The present owners have spent the last fourteen years restoring and developing the garden so that it now has flowering occurring from Jan through into the autumn. As the garden is at over 400ft it is ideally suited to growing Himalayan plants. The collection of Paeonies and meconopsis are spectacular. Maggie Monaghan has developed a fine collection of auriculas and alpine plants together with a wide range of irises from dwarf through to large bearded. This is very much a plantsman’s garden with a wide range of unusual plants, mainly perennials.

The garden is entirely organic with a large number of compost heaps and leaf mould piles to generate mulch and compost for the extensive propagation activities. A small kitchen garden provides a wide range of vegetables for the house. The orchard provides fruit and nuts for the summer and autumn seasons.
The owners propagate a large number of plants which are sold to assist MacMillan cancer support.

We shall have a picnic/shared lunch in John’s garden.

Visit to Alan Winlow’s new willow patch at Whittondean where they grow a range of different coloured willows for making baskets. Alan had to leave his old patch and relocate his plants to this new site. The willow at the plot will be in its second year of growth. They are currently harvesting the first year crop.

 

Details

Date:
April 22
Time:
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Organizer

Alan Winloaw
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