RHS Horticulture students are developing a new Winter Garden on campus

February 2016

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Our RHS Level 2 Horticultural students are developing a new Winter Garden on campus, along the student/staff entrance road, near to the Main Building. The border is currently being cleared, dug and prepared for planting.

In May, it will be temporarily planted with summer flowering herbaceous perennials, including mass planting of Verbena bonariensis - propagated by the students. Then in the Autumn, the border will be permanently planted as a Winter Garden including plants such as coloured stems, grasses, evergreen under-planting and spring bulbs. Many of the plants are being propagated by the students.

Christine Lavelle, Lecturer in Horticulture said: “This is an exciting new garden project to rejuvenate the entrance to the College. In the Autumn, the border will be filled with a riot of coloured stems, ranging from bright red, green to black and under planted with a blanket of yellows, blacks and purples. This will certainly brighten everyone’s day on the way into College and give a warm glow when you leave. I can't wait to see it completed.”