Can you believe that even after 20 years of drooling over Rosy and Rob Hardys plants, heading straight for their stands at EVERY show I’ve EVER been to since I started my career in Hort, totally fangirling and completely admiring them both that I have NEVER been to their nursery…. Seriously!? Can you believe that!
Its a shocking admission to make but however a perfect storm of events stuck a rocket up me and I made it down to see their latest creation.
Its a virtual world for Chelsea for the second year running and if you, like me, are hanging out for your flower fix here’s how to access it!
Also brag alert, the header photo was a garden I helped build back in 2007!
Given the weather maybe the fact that the Chelsea Flower Show has gone virtual again for 2021 is a blessing in disguise. Relentlessly cold, the task of bringing enough plants to that peak of perfection would have been tougher than ever! But with this being the second year of no Chelsea how will that affect a very niche industry of show gardens and what can we expect from this years virtual Chelsea?
The ‘Adventures in Horticulture Garden Club’ got off to a great start with everyone who joined the Q&A session last weekend! It was a fabulous opportunity for us all to chat, get to know each other and exchange ideas.
Our Apple pruning workshops are now into their 4th year. We specialise in small personal groups ensuring you receive one on one training whatever level you are.
Perfect for the professional or home gardener looking to extend their skills.
Myself and Nick Black are now into our 4th year of our Apple pruning workshops, every year they have been growing in popularity and we are now confident we have found the best possible venue for our students to challenge them and also to give you the best experience possible.
We limit the number of places available on each day to ensure you get as much time with us, the tutors, as possible. Giving you ample time to ask questions and become completely confident with techniques. Continue reading “Apple Pruning Workshops 2020”→
Hi everyone, its been ages since I posted! Apologies for that, since January of this year life has felt relentless and I just haven’t had the energy to write. I have tried, I have 3 unfinished posts in my drafts which I may or may not come back to at some point but I figured if I wasn’t finding it fun to write others may not find it fun to read!
So whats been happening at work? Those of you who follow Team Ulting Wicks twitter accounts of Phillipa, Rachel and Myself will perhaps be up to date on some of the more momentous things that have occurred but lets think back to January when we were still fully into the pruning and the tulips hadn’t even showed their faces!
Apple pruning courses 2019
Wanting to tackle that tree but don’t know where to start?
Learn a new skill or brush up on old ones?
Treat a loved one to a surprise Xmas gift with a difference!
Heres the details for an exciting day course, get in touch and book a place!
As some of you will know for the last few years myself and Nick Black have been running Apple pruning courses, these have been growing in popularity and we try to find a new venue every year to challenge people and also to give people the best experience possible.
Some of you may remember I held my first training day last year for winter pruning. It was such a resounding success with great feedback I’ve decided to do it again, only this time bigger!
So what can you expect?
This year we will be holding our first event at a private house with a large walled garden in Buckinghamshire on the 3rd February 2018 .
Approximately 25 fruit trees of a decent age to challenge yourself with & 2 instructors on-hand with between them over 25 years experience.Places will be limited so please contact A.SA.P. to reserve your place, all details will be sent through to you Via email as soon as we have heard from you.
At this point I’d like to introduce you to Nick Black.
Nick is a fully trained arborist & whilst we don’t expect you to be climbing trees like this his knowledge of both how trees work & horticulture is invaluable.
Nick can be found normally working as The Muddy Gardener. You can also find him being cheeky on twitter @imnickblack
As for me, I have nearly 20 years of looking after fruit trees under my belt, trained at Pershore college under John Edgerly, then at Ryton Organic gardens, I moved onto become the Veg gardener at Sissinghurst where we established a large Orchard under Amy Wardman who had been the Fruit student at RHS Wisley and was very generous at passing on her knowledge.
I was there that I first started training people to prune fruit & it gives me great joy to help people become confident and proficient.
The day will start at 10am where you will all gather and we can discuss where your skill level is as we are happy to take on absolute beginners through to those that have experience & want to progress.
You will be shown all the tools you will need and have their safe use & maintenance explained to you. Then we will go through pruning maiden trees to establish the correct framework for freestanding, espalier, fan & other styles of fruit trees.
After a short break, to warm up & refuel on hot tea & cake, we will start to tackle the big trees! This will give us an excellent opportunity to discuss different methods of pruning & the reasons for it. If you have a tree which has got out of hand this will be exactly what you need!
A break for a warming lunch of soup and then..
Once the demonstration is over you will be let loose on your own trees with both of us at your beck & call for advice if you get stuck!
Finally, we will gather to discuss any questions & do a quick session on apple tree pest, diseases & disorders
The day will cost £60.00 per person but will include Drinks, soup & snacks
If youd like to sign up just fill in the form below and I will send you further details or if you wish to buy it as an xmas present for a loved one and keep it as a surprise we can arrange that too, look forward to hearing from you
I’m delighted to announce in conjunction with All Horts, the horticultural group, I will be running an Apple tree pruning course. The course will be suitable for complete beginners to intermediate level but places are limited in number!
I will be passing on skills I have learnt over the last 15 years from John Edgerly (RHS Fruit & Pershore), Amy Wardman( RHS Wisley), Chris Lanczak (Waterperry Gardens) & Ryton Organic Gardens (Garden Organic).
We will be meeting at a lovely private property with some established fruit trees where myself and a trained arborist will take you through the basics, what you can safely achieve and when you should call in an expert!
If you would like to get involved please contact me ASAP!
Course will be held in Charlbury, Oxon
Date: 26th Feb 2017 (10am – 4pm)
(part of this cost will go towards All Horts admin & donations to charitable groups it supports)