PLANTS FOR SALE
Selling plants started with passing on those that were surplus. This has now developed into a mini industry by popular demand and is managed by a small team of volunteers all year round. Most plants for sale are grown in-house by dividing spare border plants or collecting seeds from our favourite perennials. We also bring in cuttings and perennials from our own gardens. All plants are potted up using our organic compost, labelled and then kept in the ‘nursery’ glasshouse until they are strong enough to move to the ‘sales’ one. (We use the term ‘glasshouses’ loosely as they are completely dilapidated and we are relying on external funding for refurbishment). The plants vary from year to year and this year shrubs include escallonia, Himalyan honeysuckle, kerria, and euonymous. We have over 50 different perennials including asters, foxgloves, heuchera, London pride, shasta daisies, aquilegias, dahlias, to name a few. To make it easy, we charge around £2 for perennials, £3 for irises and £3 for shrubs. This money is used towards running the walled garden. We aren’t gardening experts but have a lot of knowledge between us and learn from each other, consulting our reference books as necessary. We look forward to seeing you soon.
The Kitchen Garden Team
THE WALLED KITCHEN GARDEN EDUCATION COMMITTEE
One of the reasons for saving Copped Hall was to enable it to become a centre for educational studies about all aspects of Copped Hall and its Conservation Area and related subjects. Once the purchase price loans were repaid in the year 2000, our educational activities accelerated and have illuminated much about Copped Hall - including archaeology, social history, paintings, wildlife, architecture, traditional building construction, etc.. However, although we have had workshops on horticulture, topiary, wildlife and other subjects, we have not fully explored the educational possibilities within the Walled Kitchen Garden – which can provide such a rich educational experience with all the variety of what is grown. To remedy this situation we have established a special education committee of six people.
The committee consists of the following individuals : - Pat Styles – Kitchen Garden team leader. Helen Lowther – horticulturalist. Frances Chapman – primary school coordinator. Peter Warne – wildlife. Eric Beaumont – beekeeper. Alan Cox – architect.
The input from the above individuals and others can provide a comprehensive level of teaching within the Kitchen Garden for both school children and adults. To illuminate all aspects of the workings of the Kitchen Garden and how produce is actually grown, seems even more relevant in this age of the supermarket where food is dissociated from its production
Our initial base of operations will be the eastern end of the Orchard House that is already fairly advanced in its reconstruction. With this important use in mind, it becomes even more essential to raise the funds to complete the restoration of this glasshouse to allow the educational uses to proceed – see wish list.