Monthly Archives: July 2017

Hortus Loci plant nursery and West Green Gardens visit

Agapanthus polytunnel

Some twenty Grayshott Gardeners members braved the rain on Wednesday for a not-to-be missed opportunity to visit Hortus Loci, a top ranking plant nursery and wholesaler to landscape architects and garden designers.  We were lucky to be shown round their 17-acre site by Sales Director Robin Wallis, who spent his entire working life in nursery and garden centre management and generously shared his experience  and enthousiasm with us, pointing out characteristics of plants, how to treat them, which ones combine well with others etc.  Hortus Loci sources, grows  and  supplies plants for major shows such as Chelsea, and we enjoyed various tales of how they go to great lengths to fulfil almost any seemingly impossible  request.

After a break for hot drinks or lunch from the artisan coffee shop en kitchen there  was enough time left for browsing the large retail plant selection and bagging a bargain or two, before setting off for the nearby West Green House Gardens.

West Green House Gardens

This is a National Trust property, with interesting, well-maintained gardens ranging from extensive lawns round a large pond to a series of garden “rooms” close to the house, forming a beautiful setting for events such as weddings and opera performances. Well worth a return visit when the sun shines!

Perennial Borders Lecture

On Wednesday we were pleased to welcome David Jewell, Head of collections at Sir Harold Hillier gardens, and formerly Floral  Superintendent at RHS Wisley.

David explained the main style elements for plant association: height, vertical lines or accents, outline and shape, foliage colour used as a foil and flower shapes, as implemented in the classic Mixed Border at Wisley. He contrasted this with the more naturalistic and modern Glasshouse Borders designed  by Piet Oudolf, which require much less staking, feeding and irrigation. Slides of a Prairie Meadow Garden completed the trio of very different styles of gardens, leaving the audience with much to mull over.