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St Hilda's rose garden
15th June 2022
St Hilda’s rose garden was planted first in the 1930s. Generations of College members have come here since them for quiet reflection in this private, sunny space. It was created partly to commemorate the Principalship of Winifred Moberley, 1919 - 1928, whose initials are engraved on the bird bath. More recently in 2011, more roses were added. A gift in memory of our alumna, Margaret Bliss (Biochemistry, 1951), helped us to redevelop the rose garden. The sunken area with benches is now paved but was laid to grass until about 12 years ago.
Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’ - the Plume Thistle
9th June 2022
This handsome ornamental thistle, Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’, is bringing some shades of deep red and maroon to our riverside border in Hall Garden. Its tall, elegant flower stems arise from a mound of mid green leaves, giving some useful early height to the border.
Plant of the moment - Geranium macrorrhizum
31st May 2022
Geraniums are hardy, perennial, plants commonly known as 'Cranesbill'. They are not to be confused with Pelargoniums, which gardeners often refer to as geraniums, and are commonly known as Storkbills. Pelargoniums are largely not herbaceous and are not hardy.
Euphorbia ‘Excalibur’
30th May 2022
The Euphorbia ‘Excalibur’ provides an attractive spurge that grows up to one metre in height. It has handsome foliage early in the spring with grey/green, red tinted foliage. The Excalibur is flowering now in May and it will continue to produce good red leaf colour late in the summer and into the autumn.
Plant of the Month - the African Daisy
16th May 2022
Osteospermum jucundum (formerly Dimorphotheca jucunda or Dimorphotheca barberae) is commonly known as the African Daisy. Native to the Eastern Cape and Natal, this is one of the most floriferous perennial plants available to us in England. It has a succession of flowers starting in April as the days gradually become warmer and their length increases. The African Daisy is a good successor to the early flowering bulbs. With a little care and deadheading of the spent flowers, it will continue to flower until August or early September.
Wallflowers, South Building
4th May 2022
For our first Plant Appreciation of Trinity Term our gardener, Deborah introduced us to the wallflower. The strategic position of this beautiful display outside South Building, interplanted with tulips and a few rogue bluebells, means that everyone coming into College will see it.  
Japonica in St Hilda's gardens
10th March 2022
At all times and particularly during the present, challenging ones, our gardens provide a sanctuary for all College members. We are grateful to our gardener, Deborah Bowden, and gardens consultant, Walter Sawyer, whose weekly plant appreciation sessions have helped our wellbeing during this Hilary Term.
Trachystemon orientale
23rd February 2022
The new leaves and flowers of Trachystemon are just emerging under the canopy of the blue deodar cedar in Hall Garden. The plant is commonly known as the “Abraham-Isaac-Jacob plant” or, perhaps more easily remembered, the “early borage plant”. It is in the Borage family. The plants can endure the dry, shady conditions which the cedar tree produces. Few other plants will tolerate such tough growing conditions. Its large, handsome, light green leaves cover the ground for most of the year.
Galanthus nivalis, or snowdrop
21st February 2022
This Hilary Term, we are enjoying our weekly Plant Appreciation sessions, when our Gardener, Deborah Bowden, and Gardens Consultant, Walter Sawyer, share their knowledge about the shrubs, flowers and trees in the College grounds. They introduce us to the Galanthus nivalis, or snowdrop, at St Hilda's very own Gardeners' Question Time.
Hellebores at St Hilda's College
13th February 2022
Our Gardens Consultant, Walter Sawyer, tells us about Hellebores, the plant of the moment currently brightening up our grounds.
Gardens News: Mahonica japonica
31st January 2022
This Hilary Term, we are enjoying our weekly Plant Appreciation sessions, when our Gardener, Deborah Bowden, shares her knowledge about the shrubs, flowers and trees in the College grounds. Mahonia japonica is a medium-sized shrub that grows next to the appropriately named Garden Building at St Hilda’s College. It originates from Taiwan and this species has been cultivated for a long time in Japan and the Far East.
Gardens News: Tree Ferns
31st January 2022
This Hilary Term, we are enjoying our weekly Plant Appreciation sessions, when our Gardens Consultant, Walter Sawyer, shares his knowledge about the shrubs, flowers and trees in the College grounds.

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