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Visit to Whitton Grange and Whittondean, Rothbury
Sunday April 22, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Whitton Grange and Whittondean Willow plot
Location: Rothbury, Northumberland
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 entirely organic 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.
Following lunch we will visit Northumbrian Basketry group’s new willow plot at Whittondean. This has been relocated and now grows a range of different coloured willows for basket making. Alan will explain the cycle of willow cultivation and harvesting.
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