Castor, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Saturday 2nd September 10am - 4pm
Castor House is a 17th century Queen Anne House and was built for the Bishop of Peterborough as his summer residence in 1650. Since then it has had only two owners, the present family being here for almost 100 years.
The garden surrounding the house is 3 acres with an 8 acre ornamental woodland, under development, beyond. In 2010 garden designer Bunny Guinness, a friend of the owner, helped design the potager, main lawns and terraces . Major work was also done to the Italianate spring fed ponds and stream gardens. The rest of the main garden comprises white borders, a rose garden - with 30 different cultivars to compliment the colour wheel, a Prunus and Peony walk, wildflower corridor, long 'hot' herbaceous borders at their best in July and August, a vegetable potager and orchard with heritage varieties of apples.
Sharron White, the Head Gardener, will lead the day. She will show different methods of how to increase your plants as if you were working within a private garden. She has many years of experience of propagating the majority of tender plants and grown many plants from seed. Division, root and shrub cuttings will all be covered. Also discussed will be ways of propagating bulbs. Equipment required will also be discussed - whether you have plastic bottles and bags or the luxury of a mist propagator.
Under Sharron’s supervision members will propagate a wide range of material taken from the garden. Salvias are a particular speciality. Members will be able to take cuttings home, pots and compost will be provided. There will be plants for sale. A tour of the garden will be included in the day.
The cost of this workshop is £45 per WFGA member and £55 per non-member. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch, gloves, secateurs, a sharp knife and suitable clothing.
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