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.

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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10Apr 12

Easter Egg Hunt

Well it's come around again, just as we thought we had found the last of the golf tee tokens that were misplaced in the garden from last years Easter egg hunt - we were putting them out again !! Good Friday was very busy with many families making the most…

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24Feb 12

Winter casualties, new changes and garden progress

It's been a while since I last reported on activities in the garden so at last I have a spare moment to update. The sad news must have filtered through about the felling of our giant Wingnut tree.From tree surveys we found that the core or the basal trunk had…

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