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23 Jan 2020 Volunteer News

Our Volunteer Gardeners share their update

No matter what the season, the gardens at Kirkwood are a tranquil place for patients and their families to relax, enjoy and make memories together. Our team of Volunteer Gardeners work hard all year round to ensure flowers are in bloom all year round.

The British climate is famous for being unpredictable, but whatever the weather brings us, our gardens are always out in force ready for whoever may want or need to enjoy them.

Our team of 22 Volunteer Gardeners work tirelessly all year round to bring new ideas to the Kirkwood Garden, making it unique ever year.

In the crisp winter months, Gardener Linda shares her update on what you can enjoy when visiting the gardens this January.

Linda said: “Through the chill of these cold frosty days, it’s so wonderful to see what’s happening in the Kirkwood Garden.

“Currently in the garden, Jasmin Nudiflorum (Winter Flowering Jasmine) is clothing the walls towards the pond and also on some of the patient’s planters, lightly scenting the walkways.

Jasmin Nudiflorum


“Hamamelis (Witch Hazel) is currently in bloom in the shrub border, it has a sweetly heady scent that blows you away!


“Found around the Labyrinth and the walls, Sarcococca (Christmas Box) has such a powerful sweet fragrance that will stop anyone in their tracks.



“Hellebores (particularly Molly’s White) are huge white flowers blooming in the garden that will later turn to lime green.



“We also have the snowdrops already pushing their noses up and many other bulbs pushing through telling us that spring is just around the corner.”

To find out more about volunteering your time in the gardens at Kirkwood, please get in touch by emailing: volunteer@kirkwoodhospice.co.uk or call: 01484 557900

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