Top ten autumn gardening tips from Gary Long, Head Gardener at Trewithen

  1. Clear up fallen leaves - especially from lawns, ponds and flower beds, add to compost heap or put in black bags, leave for 12 months to make leaf mould (excellent for adding nutrients as a mulch).
  2. Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent water logging or if possible bring into un-heated greenhouse/conservatory.
  3. Plant bulbs for a spring display next year, you will be rewarded next year with the extra burst of colour.
  4. Prune roses to prevent wind-rock, ideally to a third of their height even if still in flower (use the flowers in the house/give to your wife!)
  5. Plant out winter bedding if soil isn’t too wet.
  6. Insulate outdoor containers from frost - bubble wrap works well, fleece or again if possible move pots to a frost free area or greenhouse.
  7. Put out bird food to encourage winter birds into the garden.
  8. Trim deciduous hedges such as beech. The juvenile foliage will turn brown and remain on the hedge all winter creating a good screen.
  9. Raise the height of your lawn mower, grass will be growing slower.
  10. Use a seasonal bonfire - where this is allowed - to dispose of excess debris unfit for composting.

For more information about Trewithen visit www.trewithengardens.co.uk

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Upcoming Events

  • Lecture -Saul Walker – Stonelands House: A Year in the Life of this Wonderful Secret Garden

    Saul Walker fell in love with gardening as a result of his grandparents’ passion for visiting historic houses and gardens. 

    After a brief spell as an archaeologist, he trained as a gardener for the National Trust at Antony House in Cornwall. 

    After completing the Kew Diploma in Botanical Horticulture, Saul travelled to Australia, Southern Spain and the French Riviera to study and work in internationally-renowned gardens. 

    Following that, he became Show Manager for RHS Chelsea. 

    Unable to resist the call back to his native Devon, Saul was appointed Head Gardener of Stonelands House. His special interest is in woodland gardens

    Join Saul for this lecture via Zoom on Tuesday 9th February at 7:30pm.

  • Lecture - Juliet Sargeant – Modern Slavery Garden

    Juliet’s previous career in medicine informs her unique approach to designing gardens and communicating the importance of landscape to our wellbeing. She believes that access to good quality green space is a priority for healthy living and happy communities, especially in cities.

    In 2016, Juliet designed the Modern Slavery Garden for RHS Chelsea – its first social campaign garden – for which she was awarded a Gold Medal and the People’s Choice Prize.

    Fellowships of The Society of Garden Designers and The Landscape Institute followed in 2017 and 2020.

    Juliet has been celebrated as a role model in the BAME community at the GG2 Leadership Awards and presents on BBC Gardeners’ World and Channel 4’s Village of the Year.

    At her Sussex Garden School, she teaches design and planting to gardening enthusiasts.

    Join Juliet on Zoom on Tuesday 9th March at 7:30pm