Even though it’s early February and the snow is falling again, the glasshouse team are keeping warm in the tropics. During January or February the tropical section of our 1970 Display House is cut back and tidied ready for another year’s growth. Cutting back huge banana leaves, tidying the paw-paw tree and pruning various citrus are all part of the job. In the centre of the pond you can see the square planter where the Victoria water lily grows, this first flowered at Chatsworth for the 6th Duke and his Head Gardener, Joseph Paxton in 1849. As you can see Rowan is looking through the soil as each year we hope to find some seed for the following season’s plant.
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