16 May 2022

Priory’s gardens are our pride and joy and award-winning gardener Mr Farron wants to let parents and pupils know what to expect each month as the landscape changes.  

It’s not just about Priory looking (and smelling!) fantastic but also, education.  Mr Farron wants the pupils to be interested in what he is doing and also enjoy learning about what’s growing. The Priory Gardens are in Stage 2 of their development under Mr Farron with big plans for later this year – watch this space!

Mr Farron said: “I have recently introduced a map indicator so pupils can see and identify the different types of plants. I use their Latin names sometimes as well so pupils can also learn a bit of Latin!  I have different pupils who help me but anybody who wants to speak to me about plants and the gardens are more than welcome to join in.”

Jobs for May

•    Earth up potatoes
•    Feed and cut lawn but not too short
•    Keep on top of weeding
•    Select and plant bedding plants
•    Before cutting hedges, check for wildlife

Tip for Pupils:  Now is the time to plant your sunflower seeds.  Pupils who would like some seeds can see Mr Farron.  There are many varieties and you should see some growth within two weeks.

Mr Farron said: “I have just planted some sunflower seeds in the Priory Garden – they are the tallest you can buy – and come August there should be a tiny forest of sunflowers.

Did you know: A rabbit and a squirrel live together in Tom Thumb’s Bush, in the Priory Garden.

Spring in the Garden

This is an exciting time for the plants as they await the warmer weather to come and they watch as they trade for the various propagators to perform as nature intended.

The jasmine arches are ready to bloom giving a tremendous perfume as we enter the garden.   The allium is also waiting to dance and show their globes of white and blue in the spring and summer light. Climbing roses of School Girl, Leaping Salmon and Dublin Bay are in bud and itching to compete with the delphiniums and other varieties within the perennial display.  

Also, the Laurus Nobilis, which was cultivated in Flanders, is in bloom and can share with this ‘peace’ of ambience as we walk by. 

Enjoy your gardening and ‘bee’ safe!


Mr C Farron
Honorary Member of the RHS
Winner of North West Britain in Bloom, South Ribble in Bloom, Penwortham in Bloom
Judge for South Ribble and Penwortham in Bloom competitions

Tags: Learning for Life Gardens