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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.

03Jun 13

A Painters Palette of Color

Its the most busy time in the gardens right now with new bedding plants and perennials coming out from the glasshouse, tender sub-tropical plants being integrated into the borders and newly sourced rare plants finding a new home.  Planting time is not just about finding a gap and planting. I…

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22Apr 13

A chilly start

It's been a long wait this year but at last we have Rhododendrons, Magnolias and Camellias in full flower now. I feel we are behind two weeks on last year. With so many plants being held back with the cool temperatures there is going to be a super color burst in May.…

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06Mar 13

Busy times ahead

Well we've just had a run of three dry weeks and the ground has shown signs of drying up, just enough to be able to get the tractor and trailer out and about with loads of lovely well rotted muck !! There are so many old tired borders with ancient shrubs in…

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04Feb 13

A hint of ‘Spring’ in February

I've known far worse winters, although not quite so wet !!  I realize it is only early February but one senses spring is just around the corner. Snow is still predicted up north but us soft southerners are already packing away the spare bags of road salt for another year. On cool…

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