February’s Letter from the Curator (2021)

Dear Friends,

So, February is upon us and the snowdrops don’t know about the crisis that mankind has endured.

They are springing bravely through the snow and wet earth reminding us all that nature carries on.

Here at Tutbury Castle we are continuing to completely clear and re-establish the boxed gardens with new plants using Tudor principles. When I first planted the gardens in 2000 only plants and herbs referenced in Tudor gardening books were used. Over the years, more modern plants have crept in at times, so now it is time to re-plant using our original plans by garden historian Fiona Stowe, who worked with me in 2000. These quiet days of contemplation can bring positive changes.

Meanwhile, Valentine’s Day ❤️ is upon us and romance is certainly in the air! We are receiving lots of positive wedding enquiries from excited couples hoping to marry here in the not-too-distant future! We are also being asked about renewal of vows from people keen to re-affirm love in front of friends and relatives in joy.

To ask about events including weddings, unique ideas or small intimate family gatherings just email bookings@tutburycastle.com.

Love to all of you, from all of us at Tutbury Castle.

Lesley Smith x

Curator