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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.

10Jan 20

Tools of the trade

I couldn’t believe it when I looked at my blog page, it was last updated over a year ago so it's about time I put down some thoughts. I have been caught up in the a tendency to use the quick fix in social media by quickly downloading a picture…

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14Aug 18

A challenging spring and summer

Everyone involved with managing a garden with important botanical collections across the country can vouch that this last winter was a tricky one. I’ve heard of major plant loss in several historic gardens because of the unpredictable late winter and intensity of cold that penetrated the stems of woody plants…

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11Apr 18

‘At last there are signs of Spring in the air’

  I had a quick walk about in the garden this morning, avoiding the running rills of excess water as it's still pouring off the hills and washing the gravelled paths down into the stream. Only a couple of weeks ago we had the first real heavy snowfall to hit…

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26Sep 17

Reflections and changes

  The gardens have seen a steady flow of visitors this year right through from the early Magnolias Rhododendrons and Camellia flowering time in the spring, through to the high summer with colourful perennial borders, Hydrangeas and Roses. There have been cruise ships calling into Portland harbour bringing a wealth…

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