Michael Wickenden : 1955-2016Back to the grapevine

One of the highlights of this year’s Forum in Scotland was the visit to Cally Gardens. We just missed Michael who was plant hunting in Myanmar.     This from the Callygardens website;  www.callygardens.co.uk

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Michael Wickenden of Cally Gardens, Scotland. Michael died on the 11th October 2016, whilst trekking in northern Myanmar (Burma). He was 61.

michael-wickendenA great gardener, plantsman, explorer, photographer, teacher and friend; an inspiration to so many. He will be hugely missed.

A funeral will be held close to his family in Sussex. A celebration of his life will be held in Scotland at a later date. Further announcements will be posted on the Cally Gardens website.

Cally Gardens continues though, and will remain closed as normal through the winter months.


Mary Rickards

So sad to hear this news.
Visiting that unique and inspiring garden was the gem of this year’s Forum for me, and probably many others too. You could just sense the passion and commitment of the man all around you, contained within those walls. A very special place….and obviously, a very special person. His lovely, enthusiastic fellow gardener, who gave us such insight into his propagation techniques, was all part of the treat.
Thank you WKGN team, for including Cally Gardens on the itinerary, as well as, once again, organising a thoroughly informative, enjoyable weekend. Much appreciated.

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