Growers say carnations are seeing revival in gardens

Allwoods and Southview nurseries are hoping for a revival in the fortunes of old-style carnations after supplying for an Elizabethan garden at English Heritage's Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire.

West Sussex-based Allwoods owner David James said: "English Heritage contacted us because we grow a unique range of carnations and they wanted varieties from the 17th century."

He said older carnations are making a comeback: "I think people with old houses and general interest in that style of gardening are looking for old, unusual varieties."

Southview Nurseries owner Mark Trenear said he is to send rare Dianthus caryophyllus plants, collected as seed by Sherbourne Castle's head gardener Tim Stiles, to English Heritage.

English Heritage head of gardens and landscape John Watkins said by 1600 there were 60 carnation varieties stemming from Morocco: "The 16th-century garden was highly sensual. Perfume was an essential part of the garden experience and the clove-scented carnation was an important high-status plant, crucial in the heady summer cocktail of strawberries, roses, stocks, peonies and pinks."

English Heritage is looking for examples of true species, strongly spice-scented, with a flowering period of five to six weeks in June and July and very feathered petals.

Kenilworth Castle Garden will open to the public in May 2009. The garden was created by Elizabeth I's favourite, Robert Dudley, who hoped to persuade her to get married.

- Call English Heritage on 0870 333 1181 or email customers@english-heritage.org.uk.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Is a post-Brexit seasonal worker scheme now impossible?

Is a post-Brexit seasonal worker scheme now impossible?

The UK fresh-produce sector has reacted with dismay at the latest developments in the ongoing debate, largely conducted out of public view, on whether UK horticulture will still have access to seasonal migrant workers when the UK leaves the EU in 18 months' time.

Can UK fresh produce come out of Brexit ahead?

Can UK fresh produce come out of Brexit ahead?

UK production horticulture can become more profitable under one possible Brexit scenario, while other more drastic scenarios will lead to only minor losses in profitability, a new report argues.

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

An effective strategy to retain staff is the best way for any business to avoid a potential recruitment crisis, Neville Stein advises.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Professor Geoffrey Dixon

GreenGene International chair Geoff Dixon on the business of fresh produce production
 

Read Professor Geoffrey Dixon