Castor House is a 17th century Queen Anne House and was built for the Bishop of Peterborough as his summer residence in 1650. Since then it has had only two owners, the present family being here for almost 100 years. The garden surrounding the house is 3 acres with an 8-acre ornamental woodland, under development, beyond. In 2010 garden designer Bunny Guinness, a friend of the owner, helped design the potager, main lawns and terraces. Major work was also done to the italianate spring fed ponds and stream gardens. The rest of the main garden comprises white borders, a rose garden with 30 different cultivars to compliment the colour wheel, a Prunus and Peony walk, wildflower corridor, long ‘hot’ herbaceous borders a vegetable potager and orchard with heritage varieties of apples.
Under instruction and supervision by the head gardener, Sharron White, members will propagate a wide range of material taken from the garden. Different methods of how to increase stock and various techniques will be discussed, from seed sowing, division, root cuttings, vegetative cuttings- many from plants which are tender, bulbs and shrubs. Equipment needed for successful propagation will be covered from sophisticated mist units to the basic plastic bottle and bags. Members can take their own cuttings home with them, pots and compost will be provided. There will be plants for sale. Salvias are a particular speciality.
The cost of this workshop is £50 for members, £60 for non-members. Refreshments will be provided but please bring a packed lunch, secateurs and sharp knife.