Work was carried out by the volunteers in the Temple Gardens area spreading the wood chip and mulch around the Rhododendrons beds and clearing out all the dead vegetation which had accumulated and transporting it to fire site for disposal.
Today we returned to Temple Garden to finish the work started in January when the snow reduced the number of volunteers (fool)hardy enough to brave the weather. All the encroaching Rhododendron ponticum has now been cleared allowing the gardeners to expand and re-organise the burn site.
19 January 2013
In spite of the snow a few hardy individuals turned out to reduce the Rhododendron ponticum in Temple Garden. This is the original species with purple flowers that was brought into the country more than 200 years ago, and it’s so aggressive that it overwhelms the more colourful hybrids that have been produced since. Because Temple Garden is one of the best rhododendron gardens in the country we must control the ponticum to help keep it that way .
5 January 2013 - Working in the arboretum
We are removing the Bamboo (Sasa veitchii) which will potentially constrain the growth of the Acers and Azaleas. Many years ago Sir Robert Grenville Harvey had Japanese style gardens laid out in the general area of the arboretum and this Bamboo could well be a remnant of those plantings which has now become too invasive.