Have You Been A Good Gardener this year?

Rewarding us, for good behavior may be a tall tale of childhood Christmas fireside fables but a garden that is tended to all year round will repay you and your family in kind.

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Whether you’ve been gardening naughty or nice? Every good gardener knows that the Winter months are when all the planning and preparation is done, the leaves are gathered, paving cleaned, borders mulched and green manure protecting the valuable resources of organic vegetable beds is doing its job.

The old adage that gardening stops in the Winter is a historic myth that all good gardeners ignore, gardening is a lifestyle choice that doesn’t go dormant. The all year round gardener know’s there are flowering plants for all seasons, just as there are winter vegetables for harvesting, micro-greens and perennials to grow in a cold glasshouse.


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Planning a season of flowers and vegetables don’t stop when the sunsets or when the leaves fall, so when the Summer’s over if you leave the garden to the elements without preparing it for Winter, your creating yourself a whole host of problems for next year.

Instead of spending a few hours tending to your gardens needs throughout the winter not only reduces the spread of overwintering pests and diseases, it also gives you an opportunity to keep on top of any weeds that may continue to grow even during the colder months.


Watching the garden fall into dormancy through the arrival of Autumn and its fleeting departure as we roll into Winter is made all the more enjoyable by clever design and planning. Choosing winter flowering perennials to grow alongside their dormant cousins, underplanting with early flowering Spring bulbs that offer a succession of colour until the warm weather perennials begin to emerge.


Not forgetting the wintery colours of glowing ember stems of the Dogwood, the translucent peeling bark of Acer griseum or the startling white bark of Betula Jaquemontii to name a few and while your enjoying the festive season and Christmas cheer, we can always dream of Spring and the return of Tulips as the garden re-sets for another season.

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Stephen Pryce-Lea

Head Gardener and International Horticultural Consulatant




“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, when you find it in a Garden it’s like finding Paradise“

iGrowHort – A Head Gardener’s Horticultural Journey of love, life and learning.


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Award winning, 40 something year old professional plantsman and horticulturalist with National Trust, private parks and estate management background. My vast plant knowledge and hands on techinical experience, afforded me the opportunity to work in various horticultural landscapes, in the UK, USA & Eastern Europe. Having worked in both garden retail & the design service industry gave me the practical diversity and managerial skill set, required for running a large prestigious gardens and stately homes. I strongly believe knowledge is to be shared and have worked closely with people and staff of all ages and abilities keen to develop their passion for gardening, including groups of children, special needs and adults. I have hosted guided walks, talks and tours for those keen to learn about cultivated and wild plants, garden development, history and design. As an member of the NNCPG and National Trust, I am actively involved in the preservation of several important plant collections both in public and private gardens throughout the UK. “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, in a garden it’s paradise” Follow @IGrowHort on GardenTags. Stephen is passionate about gardening as Head Gardener with a team of ten staff he manages a prestigious Cheshire country estate of 55 acres, inc wild flower meadows, woodland, organic kitchen and formal gardens. Follow Stephen today”

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