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Our Woodland Show Garden

Posted by Rosemoor Garden on 05 May 2009 at 02:07 PM

At the RHS National Rhododendron Show last week, my team and I created a miniature woodland garden highlighting the variety of plants which can be grown in this situation. We do not as such plan the content of the display, it is more down to everyone’s creativity and what plants are in their prime at the time, the only limiting factor is the dimensions of the site, approximately 4 metres (12 foot) x 2 metres (6 foot).

 

The display takes about one and a half days to complete. The first thing we needed to do was to setup the tables and install the log edge which gave us the depth to hide the root balls of the plants used. From our woodlands we gathered some architectural decaying pieces of wood which we used to landscape the site and add extra interest; the next thing to do was to choose the plants we wanted to display.

 

Firstly, we scoured our stock in the garden’s nursery, which is waiting to be planted out; and then if we still required more we lifted the odd plant from the garden itself.  Luckily this year we had many plants to choose from, unlike last year, when with the late frosts our choice was limited. One of the showstoppers in the display was the Japanese “Shikoku Cobra Lily” Arisaema sikokianum , an excellent plant esteemed for its unusual appearance.

  

At this time of year here at Rosemoor, Trilliums play a great part showing us that spring has arrived, Trillium grandiflorum AGM the “White Wake-Robin” is always a good performer.  As it was a Rhododendron show we had to include a couple; one was Rhododendron davidsonianum AGM from Sichuan-west China, which tends to grow at high altitudes amongst conifers, in the open and even on cliffs. (Plant on left of picture) 

 

Once we had plunged all the plants in the compost within the display all that was left to do was to make it look as natural as possible by placing leaf mulch over the compost and using moss gathered from our woods to hide the joints in the woodwork. The last job was to label the plants and give everything a good mist over to clean off the foliage and make it look nice and fresh.

Jonathan Webster, Superintendent - Woody Ornamental, Estate & Services

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