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Steve Griffith - Curator at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

About Stephen Griffith

I have been the Horticultural manager/Curator for Abbotsbury SubTropical Gardens since taking over after massive storm damage back in 1990. The gardens trustees wanted a fresh new 10 year development plan to revive this historic yet overgrown and neglected garden, to improve the plant content, infrastructure, interpretation and tourism aspects – Prior to Abbotsbury I have been designing and restoring landscapes and gardens in diverse places such as Saudi Arabia, South of France, Sark C.I, Cotswolds and the New Forest. I also lead garden tours world wide, write articles and the odd book. Professional bodies – I am a member of the RHS woody plant committee, M.I Hort, International Camellia Society.

22Jun 16

Flaming June

Flaming June!! Right now I am mentally confused over the weather! Some may agree with the narrative that I am mentally confused but that’s usually until I’ve had my first cup of coffee of the morning. It all started back in January when I had a wonderful family holiday in…

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24Dec 15

Abbotsbury Gardens 250 years old in 2015

It’s the end of the year and what a busy year it has been. The gardens have achieved remarkable longevity as they are 250 years old this year and they are still managed by the same family many generations later. We celebrated by holding events in the garden throughout the…

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07Sep 15

Garden updates

The year 2015 corresponds near enough to the 250th year that the walled garden at Abbotsbury was conceived. It was built for Elizabeth Fox Strangways, the 1st Countess of Ilchester, primarily as a sheltered kitchen garden where espaliered fruit trees were grown on the walls and vegetables were harvested for…

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13May 15

New Plant List

We don't produce an annual printed catalogue any more -  it proved impossible to keep it up to date as plants came and went so quickly during the season. However now we have this new website we thought it would be helpful to put a regular list of what we…

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