April Garden Diary

What a year so far! Here at Bowood we have had 15 inches of rain, most of which came in the first two months. This is nearly a third of our average annual rainfall.  Fortunately at Bowood we are on sand which is incredibly free draining and flash floods quickly disappear. The rain has now […]

Rhododendron Walks 11th April

Rhododendron Walks Bowood House, Rhododendron Gardens Bowood, Bowood Rhododendron

We normally open the Rhododendron Woodland Garden around the last weekend of April.  Some years this can be too early.  However, following the exceptionally mild and wet winter, the plants are two weeks ahead of themselves.  So this year we will be opening in time for Easter on Thursday, the 17th April!  Being a spring […]

Jaey Goodchild – Bowood Golf Club – don’t be so dense!

New techniques for managing areas of rough grass around the prestigious Bowood Golf Course are set to enhance conditions for both players and the environment. A programme of measures, developed under the Syngenta Operation Pollinator initiative, aims to improve play by thinning out the dense grasses that create punitive rough, and restore wildflower species attractive […]

Success for Bowood Golf member John O’Dea

Local amateur golfer enjoys fairytale success at prestigious Wentworth 74-year-old John O’Dea qualifies for Volvo World Golf Challenge final for second consecutive year Second place finish at Wentworth comes just months after undergoing radiotherapy Local amateur golfer John O’Dea’s fairytale story continues after winning a place in the finals of the Volvo World Golf Challenge […]

October Garden Diary

We are slowly edging our way into autumn and the weather has been kind to us; warm temperatures, light winds and gentle rain. However as I write this the forecast is for torrential downpours with the possibility of flooding! The garden is still looking good and has some wonderful autumn colour. The Virginia creeper on […]

September Garden Diary

Having moaned about the weather in the past, I have to admit that overall the weather this year has been fairly kind to us gardeners.  The results can clearly be seen in the garden today. After the dry spell the lawns greened up remarkably quickly and the borders became fresh and lush and are looking […]