Snow end in sight?

It feels like it’s been a long winter and hopefully this will be the last of the snow as I’m writing this blog. The College bulbs have had an especially rough time as they have surfaced only to be greeted by snow. Mike has finished reinventing the herb bed and both the Bursar and Principal... Continue Reading →


The gardens in Autumn, and a year at St Hugh’s

We have had a busy autumn in the garden department and it’s hard to believe I have been at St Hugh’s for almost a year. Since my last blog we have welcomed Mike Hawkins into the garden team. Mike has already proven to be an excellent addition and has started to undertake his NVQ level... Continue Reading →

Summer ’17 at St Hugh’s

As I write this blog with the rain pouring down it’s hard to remember that summer is happening at all! The lawns have greened up and it has been a struggle to keep up with the mowing between the downpours. John’s bedding has performed particularly well with all this rain; those tiny love-lies-bleeding (Amaranths) that... Continue Reading →

Trees, Tulips and Bluebells

Dear Garden Fanciers What a fantastic spring we’ve had so far.  It’s been lovely and warm, but all this sunshine has dried the beds and lawns out so much that are having to step up our watering efforts to keep up with the explosion of growth at this time of year. I have a sneaky... Continue Reading →

The Armistice Tree

Our glorious magnolia was planted to commemorate the Armistice at the end of World War I, and so celebrates its 99th birthday this year. We think it gets better every year.

Spring has sprung!

Hello and welcome to spring in the gardens! We have been treated to a few really warm and sunny days in March, when everybody feels envious of the gardening team for a day, being able to work outdoors. But these bright periods seem to have been followed every time by showers and wintry misery –... Continue Reading →

New Year, New Faces

Hello, fellow plant lovers, and welcome to my first blog since taking over from Martin Brandom as Head Gardener in January. I’m not the wordiest person, preferring to be working outdoors with the plants. Speaking of which, I have noticed the spring bulbs slowly beginning to show, after some severe frosts in December and January,... Continue Reading →

A Swan Song

St Hugh's College's Head Groundsman, Martin Brandom, writes his final blog for Hugh's Horticulture before departing the College this October (2016). Martin joined the College as Head Groundsman in 2011 and oversaw many changes to the College gardens. Read the summary of Martin's time with St Hugh's in his own words.

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