RHS uses garden buildings to protect Devon site

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Workers at a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) garden in Devon have explained the steps they took to protect plants from the current cold snap.

Helen Round, garden manager at RHS Rosemoor near Torrington, said that her team had made a number of preparations during the autumn which included taking cuttings of more vulnerable plants and leaving them inside garden buildings like nurseries.

Speaking to thisisnorthdevon.co.uk, she also noted that while the sub-freezing temperatures of recent weeks had killed off many plants, the snowy conditions had also served to turn the garden into a "winter wonderland".

"We could be out working in the pouring rain, so the frost is refreshing, and the nice cold weather shows the gardens off well," said Ms Round.

"For people at home I would recommend sitting in the warm and enjoying looking at their frosty gardens and all the birds while thinking about changing your range of plants for next year."

A cosy log house or garden office could be an ideal spot for enjoying a wintry garden atmosphere from the warmth of the indoors. Ms Round said that in the past three weeks, the temperature had dropped to as low as minus 13C at the garden.

Posted by David Webb   - 23 December 2010
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