Update from the Wormsley Gardens

Wormsley Estate Walled Garden

With the start of Spring and the 2016 season approaching fast our thoughts are turning to the beautiful Wormsley Estate and what we are looking forward to seeing this year. A visit to Garsington Opera wouldn’t be complete without a stroll around the Walled Garden and we spoke to joint Head Gardener, Charlotte Rose, about what she and her team have been working on so far this year.

Well this Winter has been kind to us in some ways as we haven’t had prolonged snow or hard frosts to cope with, but this has meant that our plants have been confused, with Narcissi showing their faces on Christmas Day!

We’ve worked relentlessly this Winter clearing beds and hard pruning overgrown shrubs. This is to make way for exciting new plantings. A lot of time has been spent planning and dividing the plants and we now have hundreds of replacements for free to go back in the garden. All the beds have had a top dress of mushroom compost and this was done in record time with help from an Avant Tractor. This piece of kit makes light of the 60-plus tons of compost we put down each year.

We’ve also started work on the Opera Garden after its winter sleep, cultivating the soil and preparing for the hazel supports to go in around the plants.

A new area in the Walled Garden is the creation of two new beds at the bottom of the croquet lawn. One side is a winter stem bed containing multi-stem Betula and Cornus planted en masse to create colour in winter. The other is a twist on a Victorian stumpery garden. All the stumps are from fallen trees around the woodlands at Wormsley and will be full of hostas and ferns.

We look forward to showing our guests around the gardens again this season.