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Cumbria – Azalea and Rhododendron Pruning Day


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Brantwood was the home of John Ruskin between 1872 and 1900. He was an opinion leader in the art world, a botanist, a painter, a reformer, a philosopher, an educational philanthropist and a radical voice in Victorian society. Importantly, he was also a conservationist and an author who had immense influence on the development of the art of landscape architecture. He explored land management and horticulture – radical for the time – and some of his principles remain in use today, particularly that of sustainability. The estate is an RHS partner garden and co-hosts the Cumbria Wisteria Collection – one of only three in the country. There is also extensive woodland, a huge number of established Azalea/Rhododendron, 200 different species of fern, a vegetable garden, an orchard of heritage local apples and meadows showcasing regional wild flowers. Full details of the house and garden together with opening times can be found online at

10am – 11am Arrival, introduction, discussion of Ruskinian principles of horticulture and learning, theory and cleaning and sharpening tools as appropriate. Tea/Coffee will be provided.

11am – 12.30pm Looking at Azalea/Rhododendron in the garden – all part of the original Ruskinian planting plan, growing styles and putting theory into practice – practical pruning.

12.30am – 1pm Lunch

1pm – 3pm Practical pruning

3pm – Questions and tidying up

Please bring suitable footwear, gloves and weather-appropriate clothing. Some of the terrainis quite steep.

Please bring your own packed lunch. Tea/coffee provided.

The cost of this PSD is £30

Please note that once your booking is confirmed you will receive an order confirmation and a second email with directions and contact details.  Please check your Spam/Junk mail folders.

Event Details

Date: June 29, 2024

Start time: 10:00

End time: 15:00

Venue: Brantwood Estate