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July 19, Crawley
UK: Herbaceous Perennials Technical Discussion Group summer meetingThe 2018 HPTDG summer meeting focuses on sustainability in herbaceous plant production with an inspiring visit to Kirton Farm Nurseries, courtesy of Derek Taylor, followed by lunch and a tour of Longstock Park Water Garden (part of the Waitrose Farm, Leckford Estate).
Kirton Farm Nurseries produces a wide range of perennials and herbs grown in a sustainable manner. Plants are all grown in a peat-free growing medium, in coir fibre pots, and marketed in returnable wooden display boxes with bespoke non-plastic 'Hairy Pot Plant Company' pot labels.
The site has three small wind turbines to generate some of its energy needs and is developing a water collection, treatment and reuse system. The business has been awarded locally as ‘green business awards’. The visit will also take in the micro-propagation laboratory on site.
Longstock Park Water Garden was created by the Beddington family in the 1930's and further developed by John Spedan Lewis in the 1940’s as a place to reflect and relax. The garden is a true spectacle, hosting an array of plants from around the world. Owned and managed by Waitrose, the Garden covers seven acres and includes a section of the River Test. The site is also home to an impressive 80 metre herbaceous border, two national plant collections – buddleja and clematis, a nursery, farm shop and cafe.
Publication date: 7/6/2018
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