Volunteer at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
The Friends of the Porterís Garden were established in 2001
to care for a new garden laid out on the site of the former garden belonging to
the Porterís Lodge (1708), the oldest building in the Dockyard. Their planting schemes use the kind of plants
and flowers which would have been found in an 18th century garden.
As well as tending the garden all year round, the Friends
raise funds by holding a summer garden party, by taking stalls at the annual
Dockyard Festival of Christmas and by selling plants along with jams and
chutneys made from organic produce grown in their own gardens or in the
Porterís Garden. Each year they also
arrange a series of visits to other historic gardens.
In 2009 the garden was extended to include the area beside
Boathouse 6. The new Raised Garden is of
minimalist style comprising four walnut trees, a raised bed within the
retaining wall alongside the slipway, elegant swathes of Bredon gravel and new
granite steps. Designed by the Trust's
architectural Trustee, Sir Colin Stansfield Smith CBE, the Raised Garden was
formally opened by Mike Hall, Chairman of Hampshire Gardens Trust.