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Scotland – Softwood Cuttings Workshop




The workshop will take place in the walled garden at Hospitalfield in the centre of Arbroath.

The grounds at Hospitalfield cover around 5 acres which include woodland, meadow, small orchard, a burn and the walled garden. In 2021 the walled garden was comprehensively redeveloped to a design by garden designer and plantsman, Nigel Dunnett. The new garden tells the 800-year horticultural story of this extraordinary site from its monastic origins in the 13th century through to the Victorian passion for ferns. The garden consists of three main areas: The Public Garden with a large lawn surrounded by beautifully planted borders; the Formal Garden enclosed by hornbeam hedges which encompass a small orchard full of Scottish heritage apple trees, a recreated medieval monastic garden and a striking double herbaceous border; and the Romantic Garden where formal hornbeam hedges divide the space into compartments containing lush, informal planting that celebrates the cottage garden. Now in its second year, the garden continues to grow into its inspirational design, full of diverse textures and striking colours. The ruined 1872 Fernery has been sensitively restored to its former glory and replanted with varieties likely to have been in the original.

Your tutor for the day will be Kate Robinson, the Head Gardener. Kate trained as a gardener through the National Trust’s Careership, and then worked for the National Trust in various gardens and later for the National Trust for Scotland at Newhailes House, Musselburgh. She has also worked on a community project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund that was researching the history of market gardens in the Twickenham area and went on to be gardener-in-charge at Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham looking after Horace Walpole’s restored eighteenth century garden.  However, preferring to work for smaller organisations, when she saw the head gardener job at Hospitalfield advertised she leapt at the chance.

The workshop will include demonstrations on softwood cuttings, basal softwood cuttings and heel cuttings.  You will be shown how to prepare the cuttings including trimming, potting and covering.  Particpants will have the opportunity to select and prepare their own cuttings.  The day will finish with a tour of the garden.

The cost for this specialist workshop, is £35 per WFGA member, £45 non WFGA member and includes lunch in the cafe.

Once your booking is complete you will receive directions and special instructions via email.  Please check junk/spam folders.

Event Details

Date: June 11, 2022

Start time: 10:30

End time: 15:00