Exbury’s unrivalled collection of sparkling Nerine sarniensis or ‘Jewel Lilies’ will be on public show at Exbury Gardens throughout October. Not to be confused with the outdoor pink nerine bowdenii, these autumn-flowering bulbs once received the accolade as ‘the greatest Empress of the Flowery World’.
The coffee shops at Stewarts garden centres have been awarded five stars for their environmental health check. This is their second consecutive five star award in 18 months.
Linda Couzens, catering manager at Stewarts Christchurch was delighted.
Linda has just completed her advanced level 3 in food hygiene along with their head chef Doug Cameron and Sharon Ford who is catering manager at Stewarts Broomhill near Wimborne.
Bowden Hostas, Sticklepath, Devon, are organising a Rare Fern Day on Saturday 27th September from 10am to 4pm.
Local gardeners are being encouraged to save their yew hedge clippings to turn into a cancer beating drug. English yew is used as hedges, topiary and in churchyards and, although most parts are toxic to man and animals, an extract from the shoots can be used to treat cancers.
Cleeve Nursery is a collection centre again for yew clippings. These yew clippings are used to make drugs to treat breast and other cancers.
The clippings are taken from Cleeve Nursery by Friendship Estates of Doncaster and the revenue generated will be given by Cleeve to Cancer Research UK.
Country Gardener is once again offering its popular catalogue service that gives you the chance to shop for everything you need for your garden from the comfort of your home.
The July issue of Country Gardener is available from today so keep an eye out in your local stockist. Available in five editions as always; Cotswolds, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset. If you can't wait, you can always read our eco friendly online versions here.
The fortunes of Somerset’s stunning wildflower meadows are set to be transformed with a new project on the Mendip Hills from Somerset Wildlife Trust in its 50th anniversary year.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a unique partnership of conservation organisations and local councils a significant sum for a national project to save the UK’s remaining fragments of meadow. There were once natural wild flower meadows in every parish – today only two per cent of the meadows that existed in the 1930s remain.
Plant Heritage has launched an innovative plant conservation project spearheaded by the gardening expert, Christine Walkden.
Somerset Waste Partnership is extending the opening hours of five of the county’s busiest Recycling Centres – including Sundays to 4pm. Two of the least used sites are to close.
From the beginning of April, Coleford and Middlezoy Community Recycling Sites will close and the centres at Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead, Taunton and Yeovil will open from 8am to 4pm every day, including Sundays.
One of the country’s leading herb and edible plant nurseries, Laurel Farm Herbs and Edibles, has relocated to Devon. The nursery was established in Suffolk in 1985 by Chris Seagan. Now having relocated to Whiddon Down on the edge of Dartmoor at the end of last year, Chris and Jenny Seagan are producing and selling quality plants to the retail trade through mail order, at farmers markets, food fairs and plant fairs around the country.