Following the arrival of over 4,000 plants, Steve Ruddy and his team have been busy building the North American Landscape... but weather conditions have made it challenging!
The plants have arrived - this time in the rain. This is probably the wettest install we have seen, and although good for the plants it slows the job down considerably.
Rain, rain and more rain
We have now taken delivery of the woodland trees, some of these are giants, the largest being the silver maple (Acer saccharinum) which stands at 8 m tall!
The large trees are slowly manoeuvred into position as per the planting plan for the woodland
The bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) was next off the lorry, again some of these are large trees and require the upmost care to ensure no damage occurs. The tree branches are tied together in transit to protect them from damage whilst they are transported to the landscape. It is important to remember to untie them especially with the tall trees, as accessing the the branches once they are standing is very difficult!
The team have a difficult job ensuring the trees are carefully moved into position without damaging the trees
The second day of deliveries saw the arrival of the carnivorous plants (1,000 of them!) delivered early in the morning on specially designed trolleys. These immediately start to fill the forecourt with green.
Pitcher plants mouths open for unsuspecting insects!
Last to arrive - again in the pouring rain - are the 3,000 prairie plants, which were sown in glasshouses in late November and grown especially for the Landscape.
Prairie plants ready for planting
These plants will provide a spectacular flower show, full of colour, once they are planted and become established. Rudbeckia, Coreopsis, Cosmos, Echinacea and many grasses are included.
The Landscape opens next Thursday 10 May - fingers crossed the sun will come out for then!
- Steve -
- Visit the North America Landscape at the British Museum
- Find out more about the star plants featuring in the Landscape
About Steve, Tony and Richard
Steve Ruddy is Manager of the Garden Development Unit, and is responsible for concept design, planning and delivery of a diverse range of projects, services and activities at Kew.
Tony Hall is responsible for Kew’s Arboretum, managing the globally important plant collections and heritage landscape. Expert in all aspects of plant growth and care, Tony manages the Arboretum Nursery ensuring the collections are safe guarded for the future. You can find out more about his work by following the Arboretum team blog.
Richard Wilford is the Collections Manager in the Hardy Display Section at Kew. His responsibilities include both nursery collections and collections on public display such as the Alpine plants, Grass Garden, Woodland and Rock Garden, and Order Beds at Kew. Richard also frequently contributes to the Alpine and Rock Garden team blog.
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