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West Sussex – Shermanbury Place Cuttings Day


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Yasmin Mathieson, the Head Gardener, is RHS trained and has several years of experience working as a gardener for private homes and the Knepp Castle Estate. She works closely with the garden owner, Antonia Boulsien, in the planning and re-design of this wonderful restoration project.

After decades of neglect, Shermanbury Place was in a serious state of dilapidation and has recently been taken in hand by Antonia Boulsien. The house and gardens are now in the early stages of restoration to their former glory as a private home and as an events, education and arts venue. The garden includes a walled Victorian kitchen garden, fruit orchards, a Victorian water garden, a rookery, a herbaceous border, an alpine rockery and topiary, much of which is being re-discovered and brought back to life.

Yasmin will demonstrate how to take softwood cuttings from the plants growing around the estate. As we restore the gardens, we are still discovering new plants growing through. Extensive shrubbery has been affected by neglect, and have been damaged by surrounding trees and brambles. Taking cuttings is our way of recovering areas, without the worry of bringing in diseases and pests from outside.

Below are some of the plants we will be including in the practical session:

• Philadelphus (mock orange) • Lonicera nitida & japonica • Viburnum bodnantense • Jasminum officinales • Staphylea colchica (bladder nut) • Forsythia • Sambucus • Rhododendron

There will be some cuttings to take home too!

The cost of this practical skills day is £30. Please bring a packed lunch and water bottles. Clean and sharp secateurs. Suitable footwear and gloves. Warm layers of clothing and wet weather gear if necessary.

Event Details

Date: May 08, 2024

Start time: 10:00

End time: 16:00