Head Gardener at Cotehele introduces this year's garland
Staff and volunteers at Cotehele have grown, dried and grouped 36,160 flowers to create an impressive 60ft garland. Here we speak to Dave Bouch, Head Gardener at Cotehele.
Our Gardeners and our house teams joined volunteers and members of the public at Cotehele in Cornwall to work together on the project. They spent two weeks adding the flowers, which are grown and dried at the property, one by one to create the longest Christmas garland at any National Trust property across the country.
This year has been an exceptionally good year for growing and drying: “My target every year is 26,000,” says Head Gardener Dave. “This year, the yellow and orange straw flowers have done really well and we’re looking forward to seeing how they will all come together.”
The garland begins in early spring, when the seeds were sown. The team begin picking the flowers in May and over the year each flower is added by hand, one by one to create the impressive 60ft garland all ready for Christmas.
Dave says: “It will be satisfying to look up at the colourful garland and reflect what a sunny summer we had and what the gardens provided all year long. If you’ve not seen the garland at Cotehele, you must. A visit to the garland will certainly become one of your family’s annual Christmas traditions."