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Saturday, 5 May 2012

Physic-al team work

A few weeks ago the Myddelton House Gardens team travelled to Chelsea Physic Garden. With the the launch of their new development, The Garden of Edible and Useful Plants imminent, we offered our labour to help the garden in preparation for their big opening day.

We spent the day mulching along with the staff and volunteers of Chelsea Physic. Twenty of us in total tackled the large pile of horse manure which we managed to distribute and spread. Once the manure was spread we spent the afternoon lifting turfs and transforming an area of shaded lawn into a bed.

Mr Bowles served as Vice Chairman and later Chairman of the Chelsea Physic Garden Management Committee. In correspondence with Dick Trotter, he described the advantages of being a committee member:

"a key to the Garden, and he could take friends 'at any time'; the chance of seeing and getting very unusual plants not obtainable elsewhere in some cases; an interest in one of the oldest and most attractive small gardens in London".

This was a very rewarding day for us all. The Chelsea Physic team will return the favour at Myddleton House Gardens at a later date.

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