Top tips for Autumn and Winter

Head gardener at Trewithen Gardens, Gary Long, provides you with his top tips for Autumn and Winter:

  1. Clear dead leaves from lawns ASAP.

  2. Repair damaged patches re-seed/re-turf.

  3. Plant Clematis against walls, trees and fences.

  4. Plant/divide perennials.

  5. Lift Begonias, Dahlia and Gladioli rootstock.

  6. Cut down perennials and grasses (if not for winter display).

  7. Layer shrubs, a natural form of propagation. Leave for at least 12-18 months before removal from mother plant.

  8. Prune climbing roses.

  9. Renovate deciduous hedges if needed.

  10. Prune young trees, formative pruning for shape.

  11. Check supports, tree ties etc.

  12. Coppice and pollard trees Eucalyptus, Paulownia, Salix, Tillia.

  13. Check weather forecasts for frosts and snowfall!

  14. Bracket fungus on trees is visible at this time of year. If the tree is in poor health it is worth calling in a tree surgeon for a professional opinion.

  15. Be prepared!!

 

Member's Gardens

Members' Gardens

Our members have some truly beautiful and interesting gardens. Take a look to see some of the wonderful things growing.

 

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Upcoming Events

  • The Gardens of Holland

    This five-day tour, with flights to and from Exeter airport, will take in some of Holland’s finest gardens including Het Loo, Hortus Botanicus, Delft Botanic Gardens, The Arboretum Trompenburg and the world-renowned showcase for the Dutch floricultural sector, Keukenhof. Other highlights include executive coach travel, bed and full buffet selection breakfast at the 4* Van der Valk Hotel, and a boat trip in Amsterdam. This holiday was fully subscribed at the time of going to press but we do keep a waiting list in case of last minute cancellations so it is worth contacting us if you are interested.

  • Self-Drive visit. The Lodge, Fletchersbridge,Bodmin and Sibby Cottage, Tregrehan Mills, St Austell

    In a frost pocket, warmed only in winter by Bodmin Crematorium, Tony Ryde and his late partner, Michael created this three-acre riverside garden at Fletchersbridge, specialising in trees and shrubs. Magnolia, cornus, viburnums, paulownias, davidias and acers all flourish in this informal setting, complemented by ponds, waterfalls and a charming Gothic lodge. Enjoying the embrace of the adjoining Tregrehan Estate, Sibby Cottage is able to grow unusual tender plants, already over 900. Established only four years ago by Shirley and Ray Clemo (formerly of the renowned Pine Lodge Gardens), some large, inherited specimens form the backbone of the garden, whilst new herbaceous and shrub borders are underplanted with hundreds of bulbs. The booking form will be available in March