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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.

03Apr 15

Inspirational spring plants and Garden development

  At last spring is well under way with the woodland valley full of bursting Magnolias and vibrant Camellias, Daphnes, Corylopsis, and the waxy beaded flowers of Stachyrus chinensis.  I had a walk around the garden with fellow plantsmen and passionate gardeners Jim Gardiner and Roy Lancaster on a chilly…

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08Mar 15

March 2015

After some winter hibernation for both the plants and the staff the Plant Centre is back for a new season and, although the weather is still chilly, we're busy getting stocked up with goodies for 2015. We're still being a little cautious about putting plants out for sale as cold…

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22Jan 15

Myanmar and the Himalayas

In November I was lucky enough to join an expedition to explore one of the least explored mountainous regions of Northern Myanmar. This part of the Himalayas takes a lot of planning and logistics to get to. Visas,army approval,sponsors,internal flights,trekking porters and guides. Beyond the red tape the trip panned…

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08Oct 14

Autumn hues

Autumn hues   Acer palmatum There is something special about the woodland garden in autumn. I love the still misty mornings, the beaded water droplets on silky spider’s webs and territorial Robins making their chirpy presence known from every covert. In the herbaceous borders late flowering Dahlias, golden Rudbeckia, scarlet…

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