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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.

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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03Jul 12

A look on the bright side of the weather!

Photinia davidiana           Ok its been wet,dull and damp but there are some things in the garden besides slugs that like it. Us gardeners don't have to drag hoses around, bedding plants have been well watered in, and the Golden Orfe and the ducks in the…

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11Jun 12

Flaming June !!

  Late flowering Salvia atrocyanea Island bed Aloes At last we managed to get all the bedding plants planted out along with half hardy exotics like Fuchia boliviana and Strelitzias. For structure plants we used the giant Aloes again as they make such a bold statement in the center of the…

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16May 12

The merry month of May

Rhododendron 'Michaels Pride' Here we go again, planting,weeding, staking and grass cutting chaos!! It all happens at once in the garden this time of year, and to add to the pressure we have had a pretty wet time of it lately that contributes to an increase in the growth of weeds. …

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