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Garden Opening

Sep 11, 2018

By Chris McDonald.

We are delighted to announce that the National Collection of Quercus at Chevithorne Barton will be opening on Sunday 30th September for our annual Plant Heritage Open Day. Come and explore our fantastic Oak collection in all its autumnal splendour.

12pm – 5pm

Adults £5

Children and horticultural students FREE.

Light refre

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NGS openings raised over £2000 for Charity

Sep 3, 2018

By Chris McDonald.

A big THANK YOU to all our visitors, volunteers and staff who supported our 2 National Garden Scheme open days. We were very lucky with glorious sunshine, and the hard winter held back a few of the shrubs so the gardens really were pack with flowers come May. September saw a late flush of colour on the borders and the hint of autumn hues in the Oak collection. Of c

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Snow at Chevithorne Barton

Mar 1, 2018

By Chris McDonald.

The "Beast from the East" has hit Mid Devon pretty hard, the glasshouse has icicles, there is snow on the limbs of our evergreen oaks and the borderline species are truly being test as to whether or not they are hardy in the UK!!  

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Gearing up for NGS

Feb 25, 2018

By Chris McDonald.

The team are working hard to getting ready for our first opening this year - 6th May 2018. The National Garden Scheme donated a record £3 milllion to worthy causes like the MS Society... let's hope we can top that this year !!! 

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From the smallest Acorn a mighty Oak tree may grow...

Oct 2, 2017

By Chris McDonald.

Its very exciting to see this year's Acorns sown in their Root trainers ready to burst into life. Now the hard bit, waiting patiently to see what germinates?

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New Team Member welcomed to Chevithorne Barton

Jul 31, 2017

By Chris McDonald .

It is great to see Tom Butler join the garden team here at Chevithorne Barton. Tom is an experienced horticulturalist with fantastic plant knowledge. After starting at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens as a volunteer in 2011, Tom soon rose up the ranks to being in charge of the propagation unit and plant nursery.

Along with 14 other genera, Sir Haro

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Appointment of New Head Gardener

Mar 1, 2017

By James MacEwen .

The team at Chevithorne Barton are delighted that Chris McDonald has been
appointed Head Gardener of Chevithorne Barton, home of the National Oak Collection. Chris has the drive and enthusiasm to really move the gardens forward, improving on the
already high standards, Chris is looking forward to the challenge. His
background in garden

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Winter Planting commences

Dec 5, 2016

By Chris McDonald .

The winter planting 2016/2017 has begun. There are over 20 trees joining the collection this year. The one pictured is particularly special as its the first Oak tree I have planted at Chevithorne Barton. There is something very cathartic about planting trees and I look forward to seeing this Quercus longinux grow to maturity (Woody -&nb

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New beginnings

Nov 28, 2016

By Vicky Quick .

Chevithorne Barton is very excited that Chris McDonald has accepted a gardening position at Chevithorne Barton. Chris is joining the team from Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey Hampshire. Being an experienced horticulturalist and enthusiastic Quercophile we're sure he'll fit right in... exciting times ahead 

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Notice posted on the International Oak Society website

Apr 7, 2016

By James MacEwen.

It is with great sadness that I share with IOS members the news that Michael Heathcoat Amory died on the 24th of February.

His passion for oaks was made manifest in his arboretum at Chevithorne Barton, which will be enjoyed by many future generations. He contributed gene

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Michael Heathcoat Amory (1941 - 2016)

Feb 27, 2016

By James MacEwen.

Michael Heathcoat Amory died on the 24th of February 2016, founder of the national oak collection at Chevithorne Barton.

He will be greatly missed by his family & many friends.

UPDATE: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/michael-heathcoat-amory-88x9kzdlw

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