Dawyck Botanic Garden
Dawyck is truly one of the world’s finest arboreta. Seasonal displays of abundant exotic and native plants provide a breathtaking backdrop of colour throughout the year. The Garden also offers an award-winning visitor centre.
Chelsea Physic Garden
An extraordinary space at the heart of the capital. 17th Century apothecaries established Chelsea Physic Garden, and their work is continued today in its living collection of around 5,000 plants that have changed the world. Tucked away beside the Thames in one of London’s smartest boroughs, the Chelsea Physic Garden is a retreat from the buzz of the city. Within its sheltered walls, rare and unusual plants flourish: walkthrough shaded avenues and admire the gardens of edible, herbal and medicinal plants, colourful floral displays from the Atlantic islands and woodland and wilderness areas. Don’t miss the historical collections in the 100-year-old glasshouses. The Physic Garden Café serves up breakfast and lunch using British produce that you can enjoy while admiring the gardens. The garden shop is a real treat for horticultural goodies and gifts. And a whole host of events runs all year, from workshops to family activities.
East Lambrook Manor Gardens
East Lambrook Manor Gardens is the iconic and quintessentially English cottage garden created by the celebrated 20th-century plantswoman and gardening writer Margery Fish. It was here that she developed her own style of gardening, combining old-fashioned and contemporary plants in a relaxed and informal manner to create a garden of immense beauty and charm.
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- Prepare the new locations before anything else.
- Find a nice thick clump of foliage and lift the whole clump. Try to get the fork/spade below the bulbs which can be surprisingly deep down.
- Gently pull the clump apart into quarters, with as little damage to the roots as possible. I've found that snowdrop bulbs do better with company so don't break the clumps down too small. Plus they make more of an impact than single plants.
- Replant straight away at the same depth to prevent the bulbs from losing moisture as this can sometimes kill the plant.
- Allow the foliage to die back naturally so the bulb can build itself up ready for the next year. If you're planting in the lawn, try not to run the mower over them. Speaking from experience sometimes that easier said than done.