England’s 2nd Oldest Cathedral, the gardens have been occupied since the 7th century. Formal gardens with roses, a knot garden, herb garden, a fruit orchard, pond and a meadow area are currently managed by the Head Gardener and his team of volunteers. Graham Huckstepp has been the head gardener at Rochester Cathedral for around 5 years. Before that he was a gardener at a private estate in Kent.
Arrive for a 10 am start to the day for a tour of the historic cathedral gardens with the Head Gardener followed by learning how to prune the many varieties of rose bushes in the Dean Hole Rose Garden at Rochester Cathedral. Attendees will be guided in the correct techniques to prune many differing varieties of roses; general rose care- feeding and mulching; managing pests and diseases to ensure a summer long succession of beautiful blooms and healthy plants.
A sandwich lunch will be provided in the Crypt café, so please note on your booking any food allergies or requests.
Please bring Sharp secateurs, suitable footwear, and clothing for weather
The cost of this workshop is £55 for members, £65 for non-members.