Kew today - Pruning the Rose Pergola at Kew Gardens
The colossal task of pruning the Rose Pergola at Kew Gardens is underway, lead by Andy Darragh.
16 Nov 2009
Rose pergola in full bloom at Kew Gardens (Image: Richard Wilford, RBG Kew)
Andy Darragh and his team are in the middle of the Herculean task of pruning the Rose Pergola, which runs down the centre of the Order Beds at Kew Gardens. This labour of love ensures a host of vibrant flowers appear at Kew Gardens in the summer.
Pruning starts in late September, and takes an astonishing four months to complete – if Andy and his team started any later, the roses would come into flower before they finished!
During this annual maintenance, access along the path through the Order Beds is limited, but, as elsewhere at Kew, you are welcome to walk on the grass.
Andy is team leader for the Order Beds and the Grass, Secluded, Aquatic and Peony Gardens. He has been at Kew for nearly ten years, and his latest project has been the re-classification of the systematic Order Beds, creating a beautiful living encyclopaedia as a reference source for botanists, students and gardeners.
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