It’s hard to believe that the last blog was written in October. Where does the time go?
As we head firmly into 2021, the gardens are still sleeping but the team are not. We are working hard to tidy and prepare the gardens for Spring. As many of you know, we have taken the decision to lock the gates for the time being. We didn’t do this lightly, but as we have very limited staff due to Covid-19 furlough, we are unable to maintain our usual maintenance procedures and checks in the grounds. We do wish it were different.
In November, Kathryn and Lisa drove a Luton van to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) to collect over one hundred young conifers, and several dozen Chilean shrubs, to be planted in our gardens. Many of these trees are under threat in the wild and we are planting them as part of our exciting new collaboration with the RBGE’s International Conifer Conservation Programme. The van was packed within an inch of its floor space before we drove it very carefully back to Armadale. Here the team unloaded the trees, noted the species and accession number of each, and placed them carefully into our polytunnel.