Despite the cold weather the gardening team at Hever Castle are still busy working hard in the 125 acre grounds including doing Christmas preparations. Head Gardener Neil Miller shares what the team have been up to during the Autumn months.
More than 21,000 tulip bulbs have been planted ready for Tulip Celebrations in the Spring and the team have also been busy with Christmas preparations.
The first job is unpacking and placing the whopping 328 festive firs around the grounds and offices at the Castle.
Christmas is BIG at the Castle and the garden team enjoy spreading festive cheer at Hever – it’s great to see everyone’s faces as the trees go up.
Christmas preparations this year include two really large 30 foot trees which have come all the way down from Scotland.
The other 326 trees have been locally sourced from our friends at Hole Park near Benenden. It’s good to support each other and to keep things local when you can.
The trees look wonderful when they’re decorated and it’s fantastic to see the lights twinkling at twilight. The tree lighting is my favourite thing about Christmas at Hever Castle, the lights seem to bring out the magical quality of the bare trees at this time of year.
As well as trees in the grounds my team have been busy creating the magical entrance for drop-in Father Christmas and transforming my office into the big man’s toy workshop. About 40-50 snowy trees line the entrance to the workshop and if I do say so myself we have done a great job with the Christmas preparations, it looks truly magical.
The talented team have also been creating beautiful wreaths to use as decorations in the gardens and Castle as part of the Christmas preparations.