For those arriving on the Friday, ready for the 2019 WKGN Forum at Cranborne in Dorset, the informal pre-Forum dinner was very welcome; a great chance to rest and recharge the batteries while enjoying not only the food but the renewal of old acquaintances, making new ones, and generally enjoying the conviviality thanks, in no small part, to the continued and generous support of Alitex Saturday started in the ‘Garden Room’ at Cranborne with ‘Lapel Label Lucy’ (Pitman) in her usual role of ensuring that everyone had a name-badge to wear. While the weather outside was a little grey, it looked promising for the weekend, and did indeed brighten-up later… Read more »

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5th & 6th October Cranborne Garden Centre and Manor Gardens, Walled Gardens of Cranborne Chase, N. Dorset Walled Kitchen Gardens used as Garden Centres & Nurseries Program for Saturday 5th October 9:00 am Registration in the Garden Room, Cranborne Garden Centre – coffee and tea available 10:00    Welcome from Susan Campbell 10:10 – 10:40 Patrick Fairweather – ‘Patrick’s Patch-a community project making business sense’ 10:45 – 11:15 Charlotte Casella – ‘the Walled Kitchen Gardens of Cranborne Manor’ Coffee break 11:15 – 11:30 Garden Tour 11:30 – 1:30pm – a walk through Cranborne Manor gardens, and walled garden with Georgianna Campbell Lunch 1:30 – 2:15 – return to the Garden Room for buffet… Read more »

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THE WALLED GARDENS AT HOUGHTON HALL Full-time Gardener An exciting opportunity has risen for an enthusiastic horticulturally trained gardener to work in Houghton Hall 5 acre award-winning walled garden. The applicant will ideally hold an academic horticultural qualification at Level 2 (or above) and should have at least two years’ relevant work experience. Candidates must be confident in their use of garden machinery and with their plant knowledge, have an ability to work to a high standard at all times, and in working to established health and safety standards. Chemical spray certificates are desirable but not essential.   Responsibilities of the successful applicant will include but are not limited to… Read more »

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5th & 6th October, Cranborne, Dorset Cranborne Garden Centre and Walled Kitchen Gardens in North Dorset ‘Walled Gardens now used as Garden and Plant Centres’. The Cranborne Estate is on the southern edge of Cranborne Chase AONB and to the west of the New Forest. The whole area displays beautiful, unspoilt and historic landscapes and gardens Our venue is the long established Cranborne Garden Centre sited in the walled kitchen garden, part of the wonderful 17th century Cranborne Estate. Many walled kitchen gardens fell into sharp decline following both world wars, what is seldom noted is how many became wholesale or specialist plant nurseries, some of which evolved to become… Read more »

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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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