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.

12May 11

Early Summer update

It's been such a busy time in the garden that the blog page has been on hold. At last we have planted out the summer annuals, Exotic succulent Aloes, Cannas, Dahlias and tender shrubs. Thank goodness we spent time in November lifting some of our half hardy plants to store…

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04Apr 11

News Flash

I had a reminder yesterday from Carole at the garage that the gardens and my interview is to be on TV tomorrow! Wow how could I forget 5 minutes of fame. So tune in to ITV 8pm on "Countrywise" Tuesday April 5th. The whole program is filmed in our beautiful…

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31Mar 11

1st April 2011

It's funny how every April 1st that comes around I regret not having planned some great hoax in the garden like the famous 'Spaghettii harvest' that once fooled some of the nation. I did once, much to the dismay of some of my staff. I climbed one of our Chusan…

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17Mar 11

17th March 2011

The beautiful Himalayan Magnolia campbellii is a tree that once seen in full flower is never forgotten. The stunning pink flowers, each the size of a tea cup and saucer, decorate the bare branches before the leaves come out, shining through the woodland canopy like a beacon. This year they…

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