Garden

Al Fresco weddings

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We are delighted to see the garden being used for outdoor wedding services.

Garden Wildlife

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The garden is managed to encourage wildlife with the help of the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and the Churnet Valley Project.  The bee hotel now provides a refuge for several species of bee and other beneficial insects.

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The long grass with a mown path in the shape of the Staffordshire Knot is a mini-hay meadow, created by strewing hay from a species-rich hay meadow reserve.

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This summer we were thrilled to find a Southern hawker dragonfly zooming around the garden.

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The squirrels have of course made the garden and trees beyond their home.

Garden Produce

Cucurbits

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We also grow fruit and vegetables for our visitors to enjoy.

This summer we are growing broad beans and two varieties of pea (Sutton Harbinger and Mangetout) in front of the greenwood fence.  We have several tomato plants (Red Alert) and two types of pumpkin (Sugar Pie and Butternut Squash).

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Purple podded pea

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To prepare the ground for the new apple trees on the bank beside the car park, we are growing runner beans (Lady Di) and French beans (Cobra and Sultana), plus four varieties of tall pea (Sugar Snap, Alderman, Purple Podded and Latvian Christmas Grey), the latter two being heritage varieties.

Gardeners’ Events

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The Foxlowe gardeners organise several free events each year: a sequence of seed swaps held in the bar, from February to April;

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an outdoor seedling swap, usually in late May,

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and an Apple Fest, usually in the garden in October, weather permitting.  This year the Apple Fest will be on Sunday, 4th October, 11.00am to 3.00pm.  For details see the event on the Calendar.

Foxlowe goes cycle-friendly

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The garden now has four cycle-friendly planters – funded by the Peak District National Park.  The pair on the terrace have been planted up with strawberries by local children, in anticipation of cream teas in the summer.  These planters have already provided a handy secure parking place for cyclists brought out by the Bank Holiday sunshine and we hope many more will find them useful, especially when they’re so handy for refreshments.  Those at the front of the building have a range of heather plants in acknowledgement of the funder.

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Garden Art

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Thanks to Clare Ash for weaving this beautiful pattern, inspired by the Dancing Railings, into the willow fedge.

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Thanks also to the anonymous artist who left us this design.

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