Our coach trip this year was on 5 June 2019 to Penshurst Place & Gardens in Kent. There have been gardens at Penshurst since the house was gifted to the Sidney family in 1552. Today, a direct descendant is custodian of Penshurst’s future.
We visited this company many years ago when they were based in Nuthurst in a very small cramped area. Now they have moved and expanded and have available 32 acres of land next to Brinsbury College. Some of Brinsbury students help out with potting and various jobs and this year the company is taking on a student as an apprentice.
We started our morning with coffee in the very good café and then met the owner Rob who took us around the site. He was the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic person I have ever met and obviously loves his job. He told us so many facts about the plants, shrubs and trees on display that our minds went into overdrive. There is an ingenious system of traffic lights on each plant. Red indicating the plant is NOT hardy and would have to be indoors over winter. Amber, tolerant to cold to a certain temperature with a bit of care and Green perfect for our climate to stay out in winter and quite hardy. So easy to follow.
It was a most fascinating tour and I would recommend it to all.