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.

12Nov 12

Late Tantalizers

"Hummingbird Flower" "The autumn leaves are falling fast with every squall that blows, theres lots of work in beds and border keeping gardener's on their toes"and I'm a poet and didn't know it !!   The garden takes on its new winter appearance as herbaceous borders fade away and give way…

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10Oct 12

October Blues

Another summer over with the tell tale signs in the garden of flowers fading, autumnal hues in the leaves, and cooler air as the nights are drawing in. One could get quite depressed as the blues set in and the temperatures drop. But hold on, bit of a pun coming up with the blues…

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07Sep 12

Summer re-boots in September!!

It's warming up by mid day and cooling off quickly in the evenings. There's misty mornings, dew, and glistening spider webs  coating the shrubs, its not really autumn just yet, but there is a hint of it. It is 23C and blue Sky's this first week of September!! How long can…

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10Aug 12

An Olympian summer

  Hoheria angustifolia Chinese Necklace Popular View from Mediterranean Bank  Olympic fever has finally reached Weymouth because visitors have realised at last that West Dorset is not a mega traffic jam. There have been all sorts of foreign voices in the garden this week from Russian to Chinese, presumably a knock on…

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