Last Post from Janine the Gardener

Well somehow this my last post about the garden, I have left the garden and will be busying myself with my own garden for a while! We had plenty planned for the winter and we managed some more planting and clearing, along with mountains of cutting back of perennials and shrubs. The pear arch has had a good old haircut before I left too, hope we will have more blossom from this.


The pear arch, half way through pruning, short at the front and bushy at the back.

The snowdrop drifts, of various quick growing named varieties I had planted last year are starting to bulk up and I hope they will provide a lot of pleasure to winter visitors in years to come in the Walled Garden. They should also be looking good for my final day at the garden Sunday 12th Feb is the NGS winter opening 1-3pm, £3.50 for adults, children free. Refreshments served in the holiday centre.

There are many things I will miss about the garden, the wildlife being one, having just tamed the cottage robin to eat from my hand. Spare him a few crumbs when you are next in.

The Cottage Robin

I will also miss working with the amazing volunteers in the garden, who work their socks off for the pleasure of keeping the place beautiful. A big thankyou to all of them for everything over the last few years.

Cilla left, me centre, Ros right.

I would like to think I leave the garden a better place, we have certainly made some changes and raised some money for the garden. An application for funding to restore the Dragon was pending, we are Sainsbury’s Lampeter Store’s Charity Partner and Ciliau Aeron WI just raised several hundred pounds for the Trust Carol singing. A big thankyou to all the visitors, businesses and organisations who have supported us, big and small over the past few years. Don’t stop now I’ve left!

Best wishes and happy gardening to you all!


Posted on Feb 05, 2017