We’re closed, but not quite …

Galanthus 'Mount Everst' © Isabelle Van Groeningen 2

Last chance – order now in our online shop!

Flagge Deutschland für deutsche Übersetzung – auf Deutsch lesen – So, that’s it for this year. The Garden Academy has closed all but its Christmas tree sales and goes into a prolonged winter break until the 2nd February 2021. We have never closed more than ten days over the Christmas period, so for all of us, this is a whole new, strange experience.



For those of you who did not manage to come in person, there is still our web shop where you can have a browse. Our online shop has been a whole new adventure for us this year, driven by the constant fear that due to Corona we may have to close the business. We were fortunate that that was not the case until now, though with the Christmas holidays and the delivery service being completely over-stretched, we have decided that the online shop will also have a little break over the Christmas season.  

Dahlia mania

As the spring bulbs season comes to an end (the last tulips are waiting for my attention to be planted) my thoughts are fully focused on next summer. These past weeks we have been working hard at our Dahlia selections that will go on sale in February in the bulb house, and can already be pre-ordered online in our web shop. I am glad to see that Dahlias have finally become trendy again. As great late-summer colour providers and useful cut flower, they have increasingly gained in popularity these past few years, partly thanks to the beautiful subtle pastel shades that have been coming onto the market. I have put together nine wonderful mixtures, ranging from the classic white and virtually black combinations, to soft pinks and café au lait colours, as well as beautiful single varieties that are loved by insects. We have been having great fun, visiting the great Dahlia Display in the Britzer Park, and generally keeping our eyes open for exciting varieties. For years I was keen on the smaller, subtle pompons, but recently my eye has been caught by the huge blousy ones. These I particularly like in softer pastel shades. Although we will not be able to dispatch them before the middle of February, you can already reserve them now online.

English books

I permanently look out for good, interesting gardening books, which seems to become increasingly difficult. With great pleasure I have managed to organize a few valuable books for the keen amateur as well as professional colleagues. It all started with Dan Pearson’s new book about his extraordinary project at  the Tokachi Millenium Forest in Japan. Dan is a close friend of ours, and we have been following this stunning landscape project for the past 20 years with great interest. Finally he published his book about it so we all can read about his planting philosophy and gentle approach in dealing with the natural landscape. Another colleague from England whose work I have been admiring for many years in Nigel Dunnett. His book on Planting Design was recently re-worked and this new edition includes the latest on his numerous experiments in planting large-scale planting schemes that are low-maintenance and cost-effective.  As drought has become a very big topic these past few years, we have also stocked up on some of Olivier Filippi’s books on this subject. This nurseryman and gardener from the south of France shares his many years of experience gardening in extreme dry conditions. With the new weather patterns, there is a lot to learn from this man’s vast experience. These books appear along ours in our web shop, and with time I will be expanding the range of good gardening books, so keep an eye on it.

Presents

If you are still looking for a nice present for a gardening friend, we have put together lovely themed baskets. These include lovely gifts such as books, secateurs, tools, seeds and useful accessories for gardeners, like proper nail brushes, made by the wonderful Workshops for the disabled USE in Berlin. There is the gardener’s basket (der Profigärtner),  the rose lover’ one (Rosenpflege), or the vegetable growers’ basket (Im Gemüsegarten).

As the office will not be manned over the Christmas period, and we are concerned that parcels are delivered on time,  you must order by the 18th December 2020. Orders that come in after that will be sent out after the 11th January.

Visit our shop for a last minute order…