South Wood Farm is a 17th Century thatched farmhouse surrounded by 5 acres of garden set in 60 acres of meadow and agricultural land. Designed by the renowned Arne Maynard, the gardens exemplify how contemporary design can be integrated into a traditional setting. The garden is open to the public under the National Garden Scheme and is well known for its stunning displays from the thousands of tulips and camassias in Spring to the late summer colour of the herbaceous borders. The gardens also include yew topiary, a knot garden, wildflower meadows, orchards, roses, lean-to greenhouses and a stunning kitchen garden.
The garden is curated by Head Gardener Lewis O’Brien, Assistant Gardener Guy Woodhouse, and ex-WRAGS trainee Natalie Wickenden-Price. This practical skills day will focus on building plant domes from locally sourced hazel that will be used to support the shrub roses in the front court. Lewis will explain the technique for twisting and shaping hazel rods, and we will then work in pairs to create the domes. If time allows, there may also be a demonstration of how to make domes to support plants in the kitchen garden. 10:00 for a 10:30 start with tea and coffee on arrival. 12:00 Lunch and an opportunity to look round the gardens. Tea and coffee will be provided. The afternoon session will run from 1:00 to 3:30 with a short break for refreshments.
The cost of this practical skills day is £30 to include refreshments. Please bring a packed lunch, secateurs, gloves and weather appropriate clothing and loppers if you have them. Please note that you will be working among bristly and prickly roses, so ensure your clothing is suitably protective.