I love September and this September hasn’t disappointed either. Maybe we had more rainfall than past years, but we also had a couple of cracking spells too: perfect growing conditions for Olive trees.
Visit by No Fear Gardening Club
No Fear Gardening Club were our guests at the beginning of the month and Paul and I gave a talk on ‘Growing Olive Trees in the UK’. It was perfect weather for a talk on Olive trees and we all sat under the Olive branches, sipping wine and answering questions on how to care for Olive trees. There has been a huge increase of interest in curing Olives, so we were able to show off our Arbequina olive trees and have a taste of last year’s Olive crop. If you fancy curing olives from your tree, you can find my recipe here. However it’s still a little early to harvest, and I would wait another month.
The Landscape Show
We exhibited at the Landscape Show in Battersea Park London on the 19th & 20th of September. It’s an annual industry trade show where landscapers and designers get to meet suppliers and wholesale nurseries. I managed to sneak off a couple of times and attend talks. With subjects ranging from ‘The Timelessness of New Nordic Gardens’ by Zetterman garden design to ‘How Garden Design and Therapeutic Horticulture Can Help with Mental Health’ by Faith Ramsay, there really was something for everyone.
My favourite seminar was ‘How To Make It As A Woman in the Industry’, presented by some of the UK’s best award winning garden designers, Ann Marie Powell, Charlotte Rowe, Kate Gould and Sally Court. They were thoroughly entertaining, sharing their stories and anecdotal evidence that horticulture is no longer ‘a man’s world’.
I would definitely recommend signing up for next year’s event. It’s free, so great for new landscapers and designers to network and find suppliers. We made lots of invaluable new contacts with garden designers looking for Olive trees for their designs. Our mature Olive Trees in pot got lots of attention. And two of our ancient Olive trees are wending their way to London as I write.
Our Evenings In London
I love the buzz of London and Battersea Park is just beautiful. As Olive tree suppliers we thought it only right that we stuck to a Mediterranean diet, so on day one we ate fortifying pasta at the quirky Bunga Bunga and day two we gorged on squid at Boqueria. Bunga Bunga is next to the Royal College of Art, so was full of a young arty crowd. Boqueria had more a professional crowd and the food was great. For a moment I was no longer on a noisy, crowded corner of London but transported to a Mediterranean oasis.
Holkham Hall Plant Fair
Back home in Norfolk we are busy preparing for Holkham Hall Plant Fair, we will have a selection of Olive trees for sale. We will also have Cacti, Palms and some wonderful companion plants to set off your Mediterranean style garden. It’s just a stones throw from the beach and I can’t think of a better way to spend the weekend. See you there!
Revised Opening Hours
Our new opening hours for autumn/winter are:
Wednesday to Saturday 10 – 5
Sunday 10 – 4.
With more than a hundred Olive Trees in stock you are spoilt for choice.