Michelham Priory house and gardens are looking forward to ‘a host of golden daffodils’ next spring. On Friday 9th December two teams of students from nearby Park Mead Primary and Bedes Senior School, set about planting 80,000 daffodil bulbs around the grounds. The Friends of Michelham Priory kindly donated funds to machine plant the majority, whilst the remains of the work were carried out by the pupils. A band of ever helpful garden volunteers was also on hand.
Michelham Priory has a large education department that particularly enjoys working with local schools. This will certainly not be the last visit from Park Mead Primary and Bedes Senior School as the children will return to see the colourful results of their efforts when the daffodils flower in March 2017!
This year’s planting project started when company de Jager donated the 80,000 bulbs for the gardens spring planting scheme. Maidstone-based firm de Jager has been supplying top quality flowerbulbs to the public since 1868. Owner of de Jager, George Clowes, was delighted to donate the bulbs, which can be bought online through their website www.dejager.co.uk. They also offer a free catalogue.
In March 2017 Michelham Priory will also see the launch of The National Gardens Scheme for the Sussex region. Fellow gardeners and novices can satisfy their curiosity by taking a look in gardens open to the public, raising money for the National Gardens Scheme’s selected charities. Over 120 garden owners will be taking part in this exciting event across Sussex.