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Soil Management in Historic Gardens

Webinar: 8th of February 2022
Practical workshop: 24th to 25th of May 2022, in Norway.

Soil management past and present needs to be taken more seriously throughout Europe. As the basis of everything we do in gardening, it is currently of huge international significance with soil degradation being a major environmental concern. It also holds the key to much of our horticultural heritage, literally underpinning the conservation of our historic gardens.

Soil Management, No-dig technique
Attingham Park’s Walled Kitchen Garden – Photo: Kate Nicoll

All day-winter webinar
An all day-winter webinar in Soil management will be arranged on the 8th February 2022. The speakers Speakers on the webinar is the Swedish Archaeologist, Karin Lindeblad. The Norwegian and Swedish Gardeners and Teachers in horticulture for historical gardens: Marit Myrstad and Catarina Sjöberg. The Swedish Garden Antiquarian, researcher and author Maria Flinck. The gardener and conservation biologist at the hamlet of Äskhult Johan Gustavsson. The British No-dig expert Charles Dowding and the Hampton Court gardener Hilary Theaker.

Topics in the webinar:
Soil Archaeology: the answer lies in the soil
Cultivation methods: to dig or not to dig
Recipes for growing media: then and now

Workshop
A two days practical workshop will be arranged in May 2022 hosted by Norges grønne fagskole – Vea in Norway, using Olav L. Moens garden plan for Vea from 1924 as a starting point.

From the Historical Archive at NMBU

A visit to Helgøya will also be a part of the workshop – visiting a medieval lime stone quarry with two 1800’s lime ovens and Hovelsrud farm. A part of the visit is trying out different soil additives such as lime, biochar, compost, manures, wormeries and liquid feeds.

Medieval lime stone quarry at Bergevika on Helgøya – Photo: Ingeborg Sørheim
The restored Kitchen Garden at Hovelsrud Farm – Photo: Hovelsrud

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Contributors

Kate Nicoll is the workshop coordinator in the Craft Skills for Garden Conservation project, and in that way, more or less involved in all project activities.
Marit Myrstad is a Norwegian gardener and teacher in horticulture for historical gardens at Vea. She has worked within various fields of the industry since the 1970’s.
Johan is a Gardener and conservation biologist at Västkuststiftelsen which manages the Hamlet of Äskhult.
Hilary is a gardener at the Hampton Court in the UK. She is the Kitchen Garden Keeper and Vine Keeper at Hampton Court Palace.
Catarina Sjöberg is a senior lecturer in garden crafts, University of Gothenburg, Department of Conservation.
Maria Flinck is a Swedish garden antiquarian and researcher on garden history.
Karin Lindeblad is Garden Archaeologist at The Archaeologists, National Historical Museums in Stockholm.
Charles Dowding is a British No-dig expert who develops and explains time and labour saving-methods of gardening, high yelding and nature friendly

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