Check this out for a gorgeous Easter activity for little people of six and over. Annabelle of Just Bake Happy is running a baking workshop here at the Garden to make a variety of Easter treats. Full details and how to book are below.
The Vine House Café is sprucing itself up ready for opening on 26th March. You can also catch Sue and Molly on The Sunday Gardening Show on BBC Radio York this coming Sunday on #bakeoftheday with Julia Lewis. All I can say at this point is the cake will have rhubarb as an ingredient and it will be delicious. Hoping that there will be a slice left for me.
Fancy joining the team here at Helmsley Walled Garden? We are currently recruiting for a general manager. If you'd like to help lead the Garden forward then go to our website and download the job description and application form. Closing date for applications is March 27th.
I would like to ask a favour of all you lovely people. Would you consider becoming a Friend of Helmsley Walled Garden? It costs £25 for a year or £40 for a couple. Friends get regular email updates on what is happening in the Garden as well as free entry to the Garden, discounts in the shop and invites to Friend's events.
Most importantly you would be showing your support for the Garden and all that we do here. We have vital work to do this year in maintaining our glasshouses and other buildings as well as continuing to develop the Garden and provide horticultural therapy. We get no grant funding and depend on visitor income and donations to do this.
So have a think and if you feel you can, please go to our website and download the leaflet and application form. A big thank you in advance.
Today I thought a few frosty pictures because they are beautiful, especially if you just get to look at them without actually having to go outside. To finish, a lovely burst of colour from Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty', an absolute favourite of mine and a zinger of a summer plant for your border. We have it here in the Hot Border and it flowers its head off for months on end. A real good doer as we say here.
I just found this lovely blog piece on Gabriel Ash Glasshouses website in my annual trawl to check that the information about us on the web is correct. It is delightful (is that the right word?) to see that they raised such envy in the heart of one keen visitor. Thank you Michelle for your wonderful piece on the Garden. Come back soon and see how the Garden has developed since your last visit.
Happy #firstdayofspring everyone and I must say it's looking lovely and well, white out there 🌨️. So I thought I'd put up a few spring pictures and also something dear to my heart, the delicious scones baked by The Vine House Cafe. A girl needs to keep her strength up in the garden 🌻.
Helmsley Walled Garden will reopen to the public on Moday 26th March. The Vine House Cafe will be open as well as our Plant Centre and Gift Shop. Come and relax in our beautiful and tranquil Garden. Gift Aid your entry and get a ticket valid for twelve months. Your generosity will help us in our work in providing horticultural therapy to vunerable adults. You make a difference, thank you.
We are open every day from 10am till 5pm. The Garden is fully accessible and dogs are welcome.
Working from home today as it is very snowy. The Met Office website tells me that by 4pm it will be -5 c but feeling like -11c, oh joy. Still it's upwards and onwards from here. I thought I'd post a few images I've taken at different times over the last year or two. Believe it or not both the crocuses and the snowy achillea heads pictures were both taken in Februarys gone by. The snow looks beautiful as I look out of my window (I've made a makeshift office at the kitchen table) but I am so looking forward to lots of yellow and orange and red with the Hot Border in full bloom. Indeed I'd like to be there cutting back the Physic Garden and planting some new clematis in the Clematis Garden. Think that might be next week then....
Now this is something to look forward to in May, not even that far away. Then it will almost be time for apple blossom and then the Laburnum Arch. So looking forward to it.🌻🌺🌹🏵️
It's flipping freezing here this morning and all set to get colder so I'm going to have a quick peek through the archive to bring us something from sunnier times to make sure we have something to look forward to whilst we're under two foot of snow....
Despite the fact that it is rapidly becoming colder again, the work goes on to be ready for opening on 26th March. This is the South Wall at the bottom of the Garden and some of our lovely #volunteers are preparing the bed for new plantings of rhubarb and gooseberry bushes. These are traditional crops for this wall as it faces North (yes I know) and any crop planted here is in shade a lot of the time. So these two plants species work well here.