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What's new in this year's garden?

5th March 2020

Fursdon's beautiful hillside flowerbeds and borders have undergone a complete overhaul since the arrival of local gardener Katie Vanstone three years ago, and we are all super excited about the wonderful new schemes and planting that she has devised and implemented.  

This open season, visitors can see all her changes in evidence as they wander around the garden.

Here are some of the highlights:

* The Roundhouse bed in the cob walled garden, known as 'The Fox Garden' has been completely re-planted and is now a sight to behold! Dotted with maturing shrub roses, and a painterly, naturalistic haze of planting in soft blues, purples and pinks, this border is reflective of Katie's artistic eye (her great-grandfather was the famous artist William Orpen) and a bee and butterfly magnet.

* Grace's Border has also been replanted by Katie with a mass of crimson tulips in April and May, and from June until late Autumn, great swathes of crimson dahlias - with 'Jowey Mirella', 'Sam Hopkins', 'Karma Choc' and 'Mingus Alex' all in the mix  - quite a spectacle! 

* The Library Terrace bank planting is under development to provide a nectar-rich feast for bees and butterflies. Salvias, Asters and Nepeta mingle here with drifts of marjoram and other perennials before a wall clad with roses and clematis.

* The Coach Hall's large planters (metal bins!) are filled with tulips and wallflowers for spring, nectar-friendly dahlias, grasses, salvias and gaura for summer and a wigwam of sweet peas for scent - all wonderful inspiration for garden lovers as they enjoy a home-baked treat and cup of tea at our tea-room. 

* The Meadow Garden is 19th century garden that was restored in 2009 by David and Catriona Fursdon. A wildflower meadow is being slowly established here alongside a damp pond area. Look out for cowslips, tree-stumps covered in honeysuckle, comfrey and lots of native trees. 

A huge thank you to Katie for all her hard-work and endless creativity, and we hope you enjoy the Fursdon garden as much as we do!