Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Best Gardens or Arboretum (1-5 staff)

Winner - Brobury House Gardens

Image: Brobury House Gardens
Image: Brobury House Gardens

Brobury House Gardens is a private 8 acre garden on the banks of the River Wye comprising of herbaceous and shrub borders, architectural areas, ponds, streams, an orchard and young arboretum, kitchen garden, Victorian greenhouses, cutting flower beds and expansive lawns sloping gently down towards the water meadow and river.

The garden team is lead by full time Head Gardener Nicky Goddard assisted by three part-time gardeners and one volunteer.

Brobury House changed hands in 2001 when the new owners undertook the major task of sympathetic restoration and the rejuvenation of a very tired and neglected garden. The garden has remained open to the public all year round since then.

Although all major developments have been mostly completed, developing the borders with new planting plus rearrangement of original plantings continue. The Head Gardener works closely with the Owner to create workable, attractive and sustainable results on all projects.

Aside from all the typical seasonal duties, Brobury grows all its own bedding plants for pots, containers and borders, plus vegetables for the kitchen garden and flowers for the cutting borders.

The team aims to ensure the garden is appealing to visitors by planting unusual varieties and providing a wide, diverse selection of plants throughout the gardens. Hence any new planting areas are created taking into account of all aspects of the position, mindful of how visitors to the garden will view the resulting show.

All plantings, new and established are clearly labelled for identification, this is appreciated by visiting gardening enthusiasts; novice and experienced.

The gardens have to be self-supporting, therefore are open to the public every day, 12 months of the year. Groups, Societies and coach tours are encouraged.

To maintain exclusivity Brobury hosts a limited number of weddings, not exceeding 8 events per year.

Brobury has supported The National Garden Scheme for the last 10 years; proceeds from these charitable events are donated to the local church and village hall.

Marketing of the garden via social media and traditional methods has been much increased this year, increasing footfall and general awareness.

An inaugural Wedding Fayre is scheduled for July this year focusing primarily on Herefordshire Wedding Suppliers.

With the long awaited arrival of High Speed Broadband, the intention is to host Horticultural talks and workshops in the future.

The gardening team strive year round to maintain and nurture the gardens, the ultimate compliment is to know visitors enjoy and appreciate the end result which is Brobury House Gardens.

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