We’re off to Dorset for this years Forum! Our venue is the kitchen garden in the wonderful 17th century Cranborne Estate where we will explore the theme of “Walled Gardens used as Plant Centres” We will be visiting a number of beautiful kitchen gardens nearby as usual. More details will follow, please make a note of the date!

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Recruiter Historic Royal Palaces Location London (Greater) Salary £27,000 Per Annum  Posted 24 Jan 2019 Closes 24 Feb 2019 Contact Mr Ghraham Dillamore Sector Horticultural Specialist, Countryside, Parks & Open Space, Growing Function Grower Jobs, Technical Jobs Hours Full Time Contract Type Permanent https://www.horticulturejobs.co.uk/job/332249/kitchen-garden-keeper/?

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Neil Porteous mentioned the word “dreach” to describe the gloomy rainy day that greeted us at the start of our Forum at Clandeboye this year. After a quick glance at uncle Google, I found another 50 words the Scots use to describe rain in Scotland so was relieved to see that in Ireland, The DailyEdge journalist Michael Freeman has offered a modest 11 stages of the wet stuff.   We came across a couple of them during our Forum in October. Level 1: Grand soft day (thank God)    How to spot: Grey out, just a thick mist, not too cold, might rain later. In other words, conditions are normal. Level… Read more »

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Mount Stewart and Clandeboye, Gardens of the Ard Peninsula, Northern Ireland A Northern Ireland Forum Visiting Ireland for the first time with the WKGN, our Forum will be held this year on the 13th and 14th October at the Clandeboye Estate and Mount Stewart, with visits to other nearby walled gardens Our speakers are among the leading authorities on Irish Gardens, their history and restoration. We have the opportunity to hear from: Neil Porteous Head Gardener at Mount Stewart, Regional Head of National Trust Gardens in Northern Ireland and plantsman: ‘WALLED GARDEN AT MOUNT STEWART – the next chapter’         Finola Reid Garden historian and acknowledged expert… Read more »

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               Can you help us restore this lovely Regency Walled Kitchen Garden in Mid Devon? We are looking for two people (might possibly suit friends or a couple, retired or on a sabbatical) to help out with our project to restore the garden at Ashley Court near Tiverton in Devon. The main house dates from 1805 but the garden is quite probably a lot older, maybe 1650’s. It is currently being surveyed by the Devon Gardens Trust to assess its historic significance. It is ¾ of an acre and is remarkably un-changed over the last 150 years or so with some mysterious fixtures and… Read more »

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Walled Garden Tenancy Available at Hafod, Ceredigion A knowledgeable and experienced horticulturist is sought to take on the walled kitchen garden at the heart of the Grade I registered, picturesque landscape of Hafod (SN 757730 – SY25 6DX). The two-acre site includes two restored, 19th century Messenger glass houses and an irrigation system. No accommodation is available and a local tenant would be preferred for that reason. Enquiries in the first instance to the Hafod Estate: 01974 282568, or enquiries@hafod.org

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KITCHEN GARDENS OF THE ARD PENINSULA Visiting Ireland for the first time with the WKGN, our Forum will be held this year on the 13th and 14th October at the Clandeboye Estate and Mount Stewart, with visits to other nearby walled gardens Our speakers are among the leading authorities on Irish Gardens, their history and restoration. We have the wonderful opportunity to hear from: Neil Porteous – Head Gardener at Mount Stewart, Regional Head of National Trust Gardens in Northern Ireland and plantsman Finola Reid – Garden historian and acknowledged expert on the history and restoration of walled gardens in Ireland Terence Reeves-Smyth – Historian and author, on garden and… Read more »

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Jim Sharp has written to say he has two dismantled Foster and Pearson glasshouses looking for a new home. Built originally for Calgarth Hall on Lake Windermere, they were dismantled by his father in 1986, the rotten timber replaced with mahogany and then rebuilt on a new site. He comments that all of the ironwork is in good order as is most of the glass and timber.    They measure 5.05m length x 3.55m width x 2.90m high.   . Jim has recently dismantled them and has them in storage near Kentmere in the Lake District.                      Any Offers?  Contact Jim at:… Read more »

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