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Four Seasons Garden (Areas A and B)

The Four Seasons Garden lies mainly north-west of the Pavilions, between them and the very busy Clarkehouse Road. It is exposed to the north and rather cold and windy; removal of mature limes and horse chestnuts has improved the light here, but it is still somewhat shaded and demonstrates many of the difficult gardening conditions found in urban situations.It has been redesigned to create a series of different shaped small gardens, centering on a mature mulberry tree at its heart.


Mulberry Tree - © Alison Hunter, 2008

Mulberry Tree

A concerted effort by the Gardens' staff and FOBs volunteers in 2007 saw this area cleared of rubble and rubbish before compost and gravel were dug in. Three mounds have been planted: 'Spring' continues the theme from the Botanical Road entrance; then 'blue and gold' summer planting followed by a second summer mound of 'pink and blowsy'. This last area includes Paeonia lactiflora, Papaver orientalis and a collection of David Austin English Roses. In addition, early summer planting stretches from the mulberry tree to the main entrance and includes many bulbs. A swathe of 'autumn' colour sweeps from the mulberry tree to the western end of the pavilions and features Aster spp., Helenium spp., Sedum spp., Crocosmia spp. and grasses. On the steep slope facing the side of the West Pavilion, plants of 'Winter' interest are establishing themselves, which include various hellebores and shrubs with coloured stems, such as Cornus and Salix.


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