Roger Davies put up his welly boots on the 30th September 2009 after 15 years as TBC head gardener. During this period the main strategy was to minimise all labour intensive activity by concentrating on shrubs, grasses, perennials and climbers. I think you’ll agree that clematis was the gardeners favourite during this time, as shown in the many photos in the linked albums. Look at the splendid 2017 display to see clematis, tangutica lambton park, sealand gem, venosa violacea, perle d’azure, rouge cardinale, ville de lyon, huldine, vyvyan pennell as well as penstemons, honeysuckle, climbing roses, alstroemeria, cytisus battandieri, aquilegia and others.
This function was taken over by Jean Ryan and assistant Len, who added hanging baskets to enhance the colour of the display. The team have also carried out major redevelopment of the gardens, including the removal of some of the hornbeam hedges.
Jean and Len retired from the gardening work in 2020. Currently this work is part of the grounds team function.
See the Gardens in June 2007
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