Richard Roslyn has been a gardener and Head Gardener at Blewbury Manor for 27 years since leaving Askham Bryan College of Agriculture and Horticulture. Over the last 15 years, he has been delivering garden talks all over Oxfordshire and Berkshire and enjoys photography. More recently, he has become passionate about sharing his gardening skills and inspiring people to enjoy and take up gardening.
The venue, Blewbury Manor, dates back to the medieval period with the present property dating back to the late 17th century. The garden went through an extensive design overhaul recently over a ten year period and now contains many flower borders, parterre, a pergola walkway with climbers, greenhouses and a small kitchen garden and extensive use of yew and box hedging as well as a moat and streams throughout the ten acres of this garden.
This programme of four workshops will combine theory and practical, working in the garden for the year and detailing how the Head Gardener manages the garden. This involves planning, purchasing of plants, seasonal aspects of maintenance, propagation, pruning and equipment required to maintain the garden.
Every session will include a tour of the garden, plant identification and some aspects of health and safety.
11th February – pruning, ground preparation, seed sowing, compost making and plant identification
7th May – vegetables and vegetable planting, annuals, planting up pots, weeds and weeding, introduction to machinery and plant identification
23rd July – border maintenance and care, propagation, hedge cutting, pruning and deadheading and plant identification
22nd October – leaf raking, bulb planting, greenhouse maintenance, garden planning, dahlias and plant identification
The cost to members is £70 for two sessions, therefore £140 for the whole course. Non members will pay £90 for two session or£180 for the whole course.
Tea and coffee will be provided, but please bring a packed lunch. Secateurs will be needed for most of the sessions, and a notepad and camera for every session.