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March 2018 – Pruning dogwoods

Well things are really hotting up here, everywhere I look someone is cutting back old herbaceous growth, someone is jet washing benches. The sound of clipping comes from the Garden as all the hedges are trimmed back. I can hear the tapping of a hammer as someone else makes some lovely new planters for the… Continue Reading

February 2018 – Pruning Your Apple Trees

Well hopefully we’ve seen the last of the snow here although it has been useful to have some cold weather. Some plants, including apple trees, need a spell of cold weather to go into dormancy and later to kick-start their flowering process, this is called vernalization. Plants with vernalization requirements need a certain number of… Continue Reading

Helmsley Walled Garden 100 Club Winners in 2017

The 100 Club was launched in October 2012 as a way of raising money to support the work of Helmsley Walled Garden. The money raised by the club will help in the development and maintenance of the garden as well supporting the work done by our horticultural therapy team. They work with local people with… Continue Reading

January 2018 – Early rhubarb

So here we are, new year ahead of us full of possibilities for the garden. In the Garden, we are manuring and digging and pruning apple and pear trees, of which we have over one hundred. We are also cleaning out our terracotta pots and cleansing the greenhouses with sulphur candles to try and get… Continue Reading

December 2017 – Tidying the Garden

Well the wind and the rain and the frost have all duly arrived. The dahlias, cut down by the first frost are all now lifted and being washed and wrapped up ready for overwintering in the Orchid House. Leaves are wet underfoot and plants are dying back, ready to reappear next spring. Although my personal… Continue Reading

November 2017 – Still busy in the Garden

There’s a bit of an idea that things slowdown in the garden as we go into November. Well I don’t know who suggested this but it certainly isn’t true. There’s still lots to do and we are out at Helmsley every day we can get on the soil. It was pretty wet at the end… Continue Reading

2017 Summer raffle prize winners

Our summer raffle was a great success raising over £230 for the Garden. Our lucky winners were: 1st prize – A ½ day couples spa at the Feversham Arms Hotel, Helmsley, Verbena Spa – Mrs Marshall from Bradford 2nd prize – Afternoon tea for two at The Black Swan, Helmsley – Mrs Mackie from Ingleby… Continue Reading

Helmsley Walled Garden at Advent Bazaar in Helmsley Town Hall

We will be selling our garden-pressed Apple Juice, hand-made Christmas wreaths and other gifts at The Advent Bazaar and Pop-Up Café in Helmsley Town Hall on Tuesday 14 th November from 10am till 4pm. The Bazaar is being organised by The Hut, a members-led charity bringing creativity and purpose to the lives of adults with… Continue Reading

October 2017 – Amazing apples

Did you know that apples float because they are 25% air? Or that in Ancient Greece tossing an apple to a girl was a proposal of marriage and catching it was a response of ‘yes’? Many such myths and stories about apples exist. In Ancient Rome, Pomona was the Goddess of fruit trees, especially of… Continue Reading