Here at Bedruthan we are very lucky to be situated on the beautiful North coast of Cornwall with a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean.
We are also lucky to have a variety of gardens in and around the hotel. From the bristly sand dunes to the tropical swimming pool area to the grass that occupies some of the spaces on our rooftops.
Our Head Gardener, Luke Reed has been working for Red Hotels for just over two years now and has been busy with the upkeep of the grounds. From weeding to planting to propagation, he’s got it covered.
Luke’s favourite area is around the outdoor swimming pools because of the colourful and tropical plants that he has been able to grow there. They are something a bit different and create the feel of a little tropical oasis alongside the pools.
A lot of the materials in the gardens are either sourced locally, reused or upcycled. There are plant pots that have upcycled from objects such as tyres and an old water slide.
Wood chippings come from a local tree surgeon, a local horse stables provides manure and the majority of the plants are from seed, propagated or bought locally.
Luke also picks plants that are insect friendly and leaves certain areas to grow long to help encourage wildlife, such as bees and butterflies.
He chooses a mixture of biannual, annual and perianal plants, so that they flower at different times in the beds keeping them looking nice and colourful throughout the year.
It’s important for Luke to put the right plants in the right places. As it is very windy in certain areas, this calls for tougher plants that can survive through the blustery weather.
Another example of this is in our Sensory Spa Garden, which includes plants that compliment the spa and enrich the senses.
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