Monthly horticultural classes
The classes will cover seasonal tips, propagation and pruning. Starting in March each day is planned around the season. From spring flowering bulbs, roses in June and evergreens in November. Including garden, greenhouse and glasshouse jobs to an edible garden feature.
Blue Himalayan poppies
TThe late Sylvia Mary McCosh, who inherited Dalemain House in 1972, had a passionate love of plants, gardens and garden writing. The healthy stock of Meconopsis which thrived in her Scottish garden originated from seed collected in Bhutan by George Sherriff, the renowned plant hunter who was responsible for introducing the Himalayan poppy to the UK in the 1930s.
Realising how well the climate and soil of Dalemain would suit these plants, and how their blue blossom would enhance the gardens, Sylvia McCosh moved several specimens to Dalemain. These plants formed the stock from which all subsequent generations of Meconopsis growing at Dalemain have been propagated.
As time passed, the Himalayan poppies of Dalemain gradually evolved to form definitive characteristics that set them apart from other varieties. After close, botanical examinations and extensive growing trials, the poppies are now known to be unique and have been named Meconopsis Dalemain. The Himalayan Poppies were officially recognised as a distinctive variety by the Meconopsis Society in 2005 and are recognised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).