|Common Spotted-orchids (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) and Fritillaria meleagris capsules in meadow grass, RHS Garden Harlow Carr.|
|Tom Stuart-Smith expounds his vision |
for the Woodland Garden at Harlow Carr.
|A lovely inversion of the normal colour scheme: white Allium nigrum above purple Salvia x superba.|
|Another good combination at Harlow Carr; Eryngium 'Jos Eijking' and Salvia 'Caradonna'|
|The terrace garden (designed by Tom Stuart-Smith) at Mount Saint John, near Thirsk.|
|The swimming pool at Mount Saint John|
|The vegetable garden supplies produce to the house and the Provenance Inns group of local pubs.|
On Wednesday we held a committee meeting at the Castle Howard Arboretum. This amazing collection, undervalued and largely unknown, was started by the late Jim Russell (formerly in partnership with Graham Stuart Thomas at Sunningdale Nurseries in Surrey) in the 1970s. He developed a strong links with RBG Kew and after his death in 1996 Kew personnel were instrumental in setting up the Castle Howard Arboretum Trust, which looks after it, with management input from Tony Kirkham from Kew, and others. It now serves as a northern outpost for Kew, providing space for back-up collections or more extensive plantings of important material. While still comparatively new, with most trees being comparatively young, the arboretum is showing promise of being a really great collection of well-grown trees for the future: it deserves more support and more visitors.
|Members of the RHS Woody Plant Committee at the Castle Howard Arboretum: Tony Kirkham leading the tour.|
|The beautiful immature fruits of Pyrus 'Kansu pear'...|
|...attracted many admirers.|
|The immature cone of Pinus ayacahuite - a Mexican species totally hardy in North Yorkshire.|
|Young cones of Abies fargesii var. sutchuenensis|
|The great palace built between 1699-1712 by Vanbrugh and Hawksmoor for the Earl of Carlisle: Castle Howard.|