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.

06Aug 14

Edible Ornamentals

What a lovely summer it is. There have been occasional showers to compliment the heat, the fields are full of golden brown wheat looking splendid against a blue sky backdrop, and garden flowers exuberant in the summer sunshine. Following a relatively mild winter we then had a wet spring, it’s…

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22Jun 14

June 22nd. – Agapanthus Time!

It hardly seems like nearly a month ago that I last updated our Plant Centre blog and most of that time seems to have been spent watering! Although the hot weather is great for our visitors it does mean dawn to dusk watering in the nursery and Plant Centre trying…

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06Jun 14

To Weed or not to Weed ?

A quick dash around the garden in the first week of June , avoiding the showers, has revealed what can only be compared to an old Chinese celebration, and that is ‘The year of the weed’. The constant wet combined with a muggy warmish June has created the perfect season for…

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26May 14

26th. May – Fantastic Dahlias

A quick update to let you know we have some fantastic Dahlias in stock this week. Because it's been such a warm spring our tubers have made some lovely strong plants which are just starting to flower and should keep going all summer. We have 2 very tasteful deep reds…

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