Outing Report 2018 Ashwood Nurseries
Long Eaton & District Horticultural Society Visit to Ashwood Nurseries & Dorothy Clive Garden.
Our latest outing was arranged, in response, to requests by many of our members to return to Ashwood Nurseries and in particular for a tour of “John's Garden”. Whilst the beautifully laid out nurseries are well worth a visit in their own right, stocking an extensive collection of specialist plants, shrubs and trees, most of them grown on the premises. There is a lovely gift shop and not least, the exceptional tea shop, however, the highlight of our visit was the garden. John Massey, who is a Chelsea Gold Medallist, over time, has turned a bare field into the most stunning 3 acre garden, backed by the Staffordshire & Worcester canal. This is John's private garden which on certain dates in the year, he opens for charity. We were taken on a tour by the head gardener who pointed out various features, including the new stump garden and explained how the gardens are managed, such as jet washing the trunks of the silver birches, so they always look their best. This is a garden for people who love plants, a special place which was immaculate in spite of the drought. No wonder Carol Klein described this as “one of the most loved and looked after gardens I have had the pleasure of visiting".
We then travelled onto North Staffordshire to visit the Dorothy Clive garden, which was originally a disused gravel quarry, created by Colonel Harry Clive into a garden for his wife. The garden has been remodelled and now contains many features including a waterfall, laburnum arch and alpine scree beds, plus because of the location, stunning views.
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