The English Garden

Grown to Last

Merton College has varied hard-working gardens of herbaceous beds, bulb areas and exotic bedding producing year-round colour. The College was founded in 1263 and evidence suggests its 6.5-acre surrounds have been in cultivation ever since. Unsurprisingly, soil here is very fertile. “I felt the responsibility when I got the job,” Lucille recalls. Even the plants here have a long life. “When we buy plants, especially trees, we’re buying for 100 or 200

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