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Kelso – Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Day


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Floors Castle, situated on the River Tweed and set in glorious Borders countryside, is Scotland’s largest inhabited house. Designed by William Adam and constructed in the 1720’s, its grounds and gardens are very fine, not least the four acre Walled Garden, which encompasses several outstanding herbaceous borders, a new Tapestry Garden, greenhouses, vegetables and fruit.

Following an introduction to the day with coffee/tea, Simon McManus, Head Gardener at Floors Castle, will discuss the different techniques of winter pruning the fruit trees adopted within the garden. The main task of the day will be spur pruning of the heritage apple trees in the Millenium Garden. You will be able to prune the goblet and pyramid apples, along with the round caged apples. After a lunch break in Queen Victoria’s bothy, Simon will demonstrate pruning the crab apples and the step overs in the Walled Garden. He will also demonstrate pruning the vines on the Millenium wall and you will be able to have some practical experience pruning these. You will be able to ask Simon and his team questions about the garden in general over the course of the day.

Tea and coffee will be provided on arrival. Please bring a packed lunch and make sure you have weather appropriate clothing, gloves and footwear. If you bring your own secateurs, be prepared to clean and sharpen them before you start.

The cost of this PSD is £30. 



Event Details

Date: February 07, 2024

Start time: 10:00

End time: 15:00

Venue: Floors Castle, Kelso