UPDATE FOR THE WKGN ANNUAL FORUM,
8TH-9TH OCTOBER 2016
Although not officially part of the Forum, on Friday morning, 7th October we are thinking about meeting at Culzean Castle Walled Garden, Ayrshire, prior to the weekend. If enough people are interested we will get a group together to visit this magnificent 18thC Walled Kitchen Garden.
On Saturday morning, October 8th Brian Corr, Head of Gardens at Dumfries House, will talk about the Restoration of its Walled Garden. He will conduct tours of the garden in the afternoon.
Kate Rycroft from the Community Garden at Amisfield, in East Lothian, will talk about their past work at its restoration there and the gardens today.
Lois Amos will talk about the Community Garden at Bedfords Park Walled Garden, in Essex, which has been established for several years.
Mary Dawson and Christine Mbaye from the Bohemia Walled Garden, in East Sussex, will talk about a their new Community garden which has just secured HLF funding.
A general discussion will follow if time permits. Our delegates so far include a formidable number of distinguished walled kitchen gardeners.
In the evening we have a voluntary WKGN dinner at Dumfries House, for which a few places are still bookable, but numbers are limited.
On Sunday, October 9th we will visit three or four Galloway walled gardens; Cally Walled Garden, a renowned nursery; Ellenbank, another nursery garden and Threave, a working walled kitchen garden used for horticultural training, owned by the National Trust for Scotland; Here the Forum officially ends, but those heading South are invited to Seabank, near Dalbeattie, home to Theo and Julian Stanning, who will provide tea. Car-sharing should make these visits relatively simple.
Further details and the booking form are available in earlier postings on The Grapevine.