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Sara Draycott

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  • Wisley's New Beginning - a Mediterranean Makeover, with Sabatino Urzo

    Sara Draycott on 24 Feb 2014 at 02:22 PM

    Dear Nation of Gardeners, Buongiorno!

    It has been a while since my last blog, but here we are, again with more exciting horticultural news for the enlargement of our science issues, design and education.  As you are aware part of our Society's work is to engage our effort with you! The Royal Horticultural Society's community source as well as public, gardeners, amateurs and anyone want to share knowledge and expertise with us. Here at Wisley in the Hardy Ornamental section the Woodland team is fronting a significant expansion. The creation of a new Mediterranean Walk that will show off an electrifying collection of Mediterranean plants for the future of the British horticulture.
    Our Head of Science Dr Alistair Griffiths and his team have already declared the importance of this issue - Gardening in a changing climate - Announcing also our imperative mission that will ask us all to share the impact of this ground-breaking matter. 

  • Warm wet winter in the Orchard at Wisley - Jim Arbury

    Sara Draycott on 04 Feb 2014 at 12:22 PM

    This is probably the warmest winter I have experienced (although this may change) and certainly the wettest. It has been quite pleasant pruning at Wisley (not wearing as many layers as usual at this time of year). However the implications of the weather are worrying. Everywhere seems to be wet which can cause root damage especially if the ground is flooded. I am also concerned about the lack of winter chill. Hardy plants including fruit plants need a period of winter chill before bud break and flowering. This is often 1000 hours or more between 0 and 7 C. Lack of winter chill can result in erratic flowering.