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14th June 2015 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tatton Park, Japanese Garden – This is the first Society visit to Tatton Park for several years. We always enjoy visits to this garden, and will do so even more since members of the JGS have been involved in helping to maintain the trees. As you may know last November a large group of members spent two days working on the garden, pruning most of the lower growing trees in the garden. We have opened up various sight lines that previously were hidden by unchecked growth and we managed to separate, to some extent, the low and middle-height trees and bushes in the garden surrounding the tea house. Also, we did some work on the pines on the island near the Shinto shrine, and made an attempt to shape the Rhododendrons in this area. The head gardener at Tatton and the National Trust management group seem very happy with the work done in November, and prior to the visit on the 14th June a small team will be going in to do more pine pruning, and some under-pruning of the larger pines. If you have photographs from previous visits it would be good to bring your cameras along so that you can compare before and after our intervention. The garden looked great a couple of weeks ago on a glorious sunny day with a view of Prunus and Magnolia blossom, the foliage was just starting to develop so we could not see the full effects of our pruning work. Let’s hope that the weather in mid-June is just as good.
Members Gardens – Two members have agreed to open their gardens for the afternoon. Obviously, they will be much smaller than Tatton but that is the attraction of JGS member’s gardens – where there is always evidence of tender loving care and attention to detail that cannot be achieved in larger gardens.
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