Sizzling Summer

Welcome to our summer newsletter

The Garden Manager writes

‘Well we have certainly had our work cut out over the last month. What a strange first half of the year it has been. We started with endless rain and poor weather that delayed our early nursery tasks. Then a rush to get all our trees back in the ground once it was dry enough. Then the rotavator broke down!

Finally we finished planting everything. And then it dried up! And it stayed dry, very dry!

So we have gone from water everywhere to no water anywhere. Testing times for our plants.’

Despite all the weather could throw at us, the tea garden is now open and this newsletter includes an account from Annabel Crowley of the design and landscaping of the tearoom garden and the entrance to the New Arboretum. You can also find out more about our  ideas for ‘Friday Friends’, the new ‘Dedicate a Bench‘ scheme and the Ashburner Prize and save the date for our events: Music Fest (Sunday 23rd Jul) As You Like It (Wednesday 23rd August) and an outdoor cinema screening of ‘Stardust’ (Wednesday 13th September). Tickets are available via our website

Is Stone Lane Gardens your favourite RHS partner garden? You can read about the RHS partner garden of the year competition and vote here.