An opportunity to learn about the summer pruning of trained top fruit with Head Gardener at Painswick Rococco Gardens, Roger Standley.
Painswick is the only surviving garden of the rococo period which is open to the public. It was created at a time when garden design was in transition and the fashion was for light-hearted, flamboyant and even frivolous designs. Features were included to surprise the visitor and make them smile. The rococo period was comparatively short as fashion moved on. The English Landscape garden was growing in popularity and the establishment started to look down their noses at the perceived vulgarity of rococo. The Garden was altered according to the taste of the time over the following 200 years, with the kitchen garden being the principal surviving element (though changed in shape).
You will been shown the correct techniques for pruning and then with guidance from Roger will set to work in the garden. There will be a break for lunch which is usually a good opportunity to chat to other WFGA Members, followed by the remainder of the pruning.
The cost of this Skills Day is £25. Refreshments are included but please bring a packed lunch, a cafe is available on site if you prefer. You will also need secateurs, gloves and wet weather gear.