Mighty oaks from little acorns grow

 

April has finally arrived and with the start of British Summer time our dedicated team of gardeners are now setting their alarm clocks a little earlier in order to maximise the available daylight hours and hopefully improved weather to make hay whilst the sun shines.

Added on 04 April 2014 by Kelly Ashton

 

April has finally arrived and with the start of British Summer time our dedicated team of gardeners are now setting their alarm clocks a little earlier in order to maximise the available daylight hours and hopefully improved weather to make hay whilst the sun shines.

Over the next few months around 36000 plants will be sown in the Ashridge gardens and with a team of just eight gardeners the planting schedule needs to be highly organised in order to sit alongside all the other necessary work that takes place in the Spring.

Just to give you an idea of the size and scale the greenhouse picture shows approximately 5400 bedding plants that are currently being nurtured for planting in mid-May. These seedlings will soon be unrecognisable when they fill the Ashridge garden beds with an array of colour and aroma.

Another labour of love is the mammoth task of grass cutting and with an 190 acre site a gardener walks 14 miles a day to complete this eliminating the need for the treadmill in the Ashridge gym!

All of this hard work is appreciated every year by visitors to Ashridge. Our gardens are open at weekends and Bank Holidays for viewing from (2 pm – 6 pm) from Good Friday until the end of October. www.ashridgehouse.org.uk