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Kent – Ornamental Grasses – Skills Day


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Goddards Green is a privately owned family home in the village of Cranbrook. It is a largely fifteenth/sixteenth century, timber framed house, surrounded by a mature garden with herbaceous borders, trees, shrubs, an orchard, vegetable garden, a large natural pond, a water garden and rills and lawns.

The day sets out to cut back and split some of the mature clumps of Miscanthus growing in a 10 metre bed alongside a drive, plus other clumps in different planting schemes around the garden.
It will be a physical day, digging, lifting and pruning as many clumps as possible. The grasses are sharp and clumps large and heavy.  Jacqui (your tutor) worked as an assistant ornamental plant breeder at East Malling Research, resulting in the release of three new varieties of dark purple Sambucus.


10.00 am – 10.30 am Meet for tea/coffee
10.30 am – 12.30 pm Short walk around the garden – show task in hand
Brief talk on why and how this task is performed, correct procedure/purpose/proper health approach
12.30 pm – 1.00 pm Lunch
1.00 pm – 2.30 pm Pruning/tidying up
2.30 pm – 3.30pm Tour of garden
NB Times may vary slightly according to numbers, weather and task

Bring sharp secateurs or similar single handed cutting shears, large garden fork and spade. Wear suitable clothing to account for the time of year and the weather. It is a windy site, which can be very cold in Winter. Please wear suitable gloves for handling grasses and eye protection, glasses/goggles.

The cost of this PSD is £25

Event Details

Date: January 07, 2020

Start time: 10:00

End time: 15:30

Venue: Goddards Green, Cranbrook, Kent