Spring in the Garden

I returned to work in the garden last Wednesday and to the British Springtime. I had flown back from Spain the previous Saturday and had braced myself against the cold wind that hits you when you cross the tarmac to get to

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Girls playing croquet

Summer at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Rain or shine, indoor or outdoor, we have a summer of trails and games for all the family when you visit Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. The perfect day out for all ages. Enjoy some family time to relax and unwind Take some time

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Hollyhocks – A Personal Story

I love hollyhocks. For me they are the quintessential English summer garden flower. They tower over me, up to 3 metres tall, in a range of colours, from deep maroon almost black, through reds and purples to pink and cream. They look

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Squirrel Knutsford’s Unhappy Day

It was not a good day for Squirrel Knutsford. The week had started well. The man had newly planted some tulips in a pot in the sunshine, and Squirrel Knutsford had had a lovely digging forage, which rewarded him with a juicy

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A New Tree for our Garden

In 2021 the gardening volunteers at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House noticed that a tree, in a prominent position near the front of the house, was starting to suffer with Ash Die-Back. Reluctantly we took the hard decision to remove this mature tree, while

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