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Moving Home: How Do You Relocate A Garden?

February 2, 2015
Flowering Cherry

Moving is, apparently, one of the most stressful life events we can face. Along with changing jobs. So I guess it’s fair to say that there is a certain amount of stress in my life right now as I attempt to do both.

But it’s not just the “big” things that concern me, it’s the smaller things too. Like how on earth are we going to dig up and relocate some of the plants in our garden which we just cannot bear to leave behind?

You see, we have been in this house for over 4.5 years now, and in that time we have put a lot of time, energy and love into this garden. We have developed it and helped it flourish, andย are happy to leave most of it for the next tenant to enjoy.

We’ve established a border where the grass simply did not grow well…

Evolution of Garden Border


And we’ve created a thriving herb garden from just a few original pots we brought with us…

Herb GardenWe’re leaving some really beautiful plants in this garden, and it’s a pleasure to do so because it makes the garden feel so alive in the summer!

Beautiful Blooms

But there are a few things that I am really, really hoping that we can take with us.

It doesn’t sound that difficult, does it, to move a few plants? And for the most part it won’t be. We can take some of the herbs in pots, and our strawberries are already in a big tub. I’m also assuming that the rhubarb (which was a wedding gift to us from a friend off his allotment) will also be reasonably simple to relocate.

But what about the trees?

We have three trees in our garden, all of which we have planted here.


There’s this beautiful willow, whose bare branches look just a elegant in the winter as they do in the summer when full of leaves. We rescued her from the back of a garden centre, looking worse for wear and like she may not survive. I love finding plants that need a little TLC and seeing them go on to bloom and grow, so I hate to think of leaving her here.

Flowering Cherry

Then there’s the flowering cherry. We planted this one when our neighbours cut down the gorgeous pear tree in their garden. It felt so bare with the overhanging branches gone, and so we decided to plant a new (much smaller) tree in its place.

This one we would leave behind quite happily, but there’s a part of me that thinks if we manage to relocate the other two trees then we may as well take this one too…

Unknown Tree

And then there’s this one. This is my baby.

I’m not even sure exactly what tree it is (my best guess is some kind of Plane?) You see, before we moved here we lived opposite an old village church, whose graveyard was filled with Yews, Holly and some of these trees. And one day, I found a tiny seedling growing right next to our front door.

I had to move it, there was no way it would have survived taking root so close to the house’s foundations. So I gently eased it out of the ground and placed it elsewhere in the garden. When we moved from there, I eased it out of the ground again and placed it in a pot. I had dreams of it being a tree that came with us to our “forever home” to grow with any children I might go on to have.

Well, it has certainly grown! It is now almost as tall as me, and I am a little concerned that its roots may be too deep for me to transport again.

So, what do you think? Have you ever relocated trees from one garden to another? Do you have any tips or advice for us? We’d really appreciate any thoughts you have!


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    Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)
    February 4, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Oh wow you’ve worked so hard to make a beautiful garden I can understand why you wouldn’t want to leave it behind! I’m afraid I have no advise as any plants I touch tend to die immediately *sniff*

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      February 4, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      Thank you.. My dad is a very keen gardener, so we’ve had a lot of help and advice. Our new house only has room for a potted garden, but I still plan on making the most of it. If I could list the entire garden and take it with us, I would!!

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    February 9, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I think your best bet would be to dig them up now when they’re not in leaf (as soon as you possibly can in case we get a warm spell!), try to damage the roots as little as possible and put each in a pot as big as possible. Keep them somewhere shady and sheltered until you can get them into their new home…..if they’re happy in their pots it may be best to leave planting them until their leaves have fallen next autumn……..but having said that if you give them lots of water they’ll probably be fine anyway! Juliex

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      February 12, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      Hi Julie,

      thanks so much for popping by and leaving such a helpful comment – should have thought to contact you and ask you directly really, shouldn’t I? xx

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    Anna Colins
    June 2, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Wow! Moving is stressful for people, let alone the plants. It’s amazing that you’ve succeeded in moving some of them! As about the trees, Julie’s advice sound very reasonable. I’ve never tried it, but I suppose it will work. Best regards.

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