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Coronavirus Update – Monday March 23rd 2020

Coronavirus Update – Monday March 23rd 2020

Helmsley Walled Garden will now not be opening on Saturday 28th March as planned. We are saddened to have to do this but the health of all our staff, volunteers, visitors and supporters is the most important thing to us right now.

This is a difficult time and we want in whatever small way to do what we can to help everyone to stay in touch. Over the coming weeks we will be concentrating on adding to our website and our social media platforms. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

We’ll  show you the garden developing, there’ll be hints and tips for your own garden and there will be some light-hearted material too.

Please stay in touch, contribute to any of our social media and suggest things you might want to hear about.

We will be watching the situation closely and will reopen when it is safe to do so.

We are of course dependent on the income we get from visitor entry and our Friends to carry on maintaining and developing the garden and supporting those who need us. If you can  make a donation it would be much appreciated. There will be more information on ways to do that coming soon.

In the meantime, stay safe, and we will see you when we reopen.

November 2019 – Dahlias

Dear readers I have a terrible confession to make this month. I used to think dahlias were a frou-frou waste of time and effort. I know. I can see you all stern faced, lips pressed tight in disapproval at this scandalous attitude. But fear not I have turned my back on my former louche behaviour.… Continue Reading

August 2019 – Show stopping plants

Talking to visitors about the plants in the garden got me thinking about show stoppers. The sort of plant that make you stop dead in your tracks and say wow. There are definitely some visitor favourites: one would be Lychnis chalcedonica in the Gravel Garden and Hot Border, tall with bright scarlet flowers it catches… Continue Reading

June 2019 – Iris germanica

I got a lovely surprise when I went into the Physic Garden the other day. Iris germanica, otherwise known as Orris Root in physic was flowering. Now that may not sound very exciting or unusual. It is the time for iris to flower after all but what was exciting was that it is hasn’t flowered… Continue Reading

May 2019 – Laburnum and the bees

As I write this, it’s lovely and sunny but we still live with the potential threat of frost turning up just as you think you are safe. We‘ve been bold and planted out our sunflowers in the cut flower border and I’ve been busy bulking up some of the display in the Physic Garden, things… Continue Reading

April 2019 – medicine old and new

Spring has sprung and it is such an exciting time of year when everything really starts into growth and the change is palpable by the day. I was in the Physic Garden the other day and I could see the Pasque flowers (Pulsatilla vulgaris) were shooting up and Bears Breeches (Acanthus mollis) were spouting up… Continue Reading