Miss Andrea Brunsendorf, a graduate of Kew and UCL, was appointed Head Gardener in 2007, and under her direction a major regeneration of the garden has been undertaken. With the help of her permanent staff of two and a handful of volunteers there has been and continues to be a considerable amount of redesign and new planting.
The High Border subtly changes with each season: in spring it is awash with tulips and forget-me-nots and wallflowers, which give way to alliums, aquilegias and annual poppies before a summer quilt of geraniums, heleniums, dahlias, asters and ornamental grasses, inter-planted with exotic tender plants and annuals, carries colour into the late autumn. The woodland garden shrugs off the gloom of the depressing January days with bright snowdrops and hellebores, and later with spring bulbs and fabulous shade lovers. In May and June the peony garden is painted with the pastel colours of its blousy blooms against rampant wisteria, and in late summer the Long Border is a sea of the exuberant colours of unusual summer bedding, such as zinnias, salvias and cosmos.
The borders on either side of the central steps are devoted to Mediterranean species, which are arranged in a wilder and less formal planting design. The new Rose border, framing either side of the top lawn, are planted up with a fine selection of traditional shrub roses with meandering under-planting of Lady's mantle, catmint and calamintha.
As well as the many horticultural delights and surprises within the garden, it is also home to a variety of wild life, providing nesting sites for many birds, including robins, thrushes, coal-tits and blue-tits. Bees in their hundreds are attracted to the borders, particularly to the Echiums, and a dozen varieties of butterfly can be spotted in summer. A sparrow-hawk occasionally visits from its eyrie in the Oxo Tower, and a heron often perches beside the pond, frustrated by the grille protecting the mature carp beneath from becoming its lunch.
If you would like to volunteer in the Inner Temple Garden or for general enquiries please contact the Garden Team. Ideally potential volunteers have RHS level 2, can commit a day each week to actively pursue a passion for horticulture and are willing to join in whatever task is to hand.
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