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Top 10 Plant Diseases of 2014

Post date: Sun, 15/03/2015 - 08:20

The Royal Horticultural Society Announces the Top 10 Plant Diseases of 2014 with Honey Fungus and Box Blight leading the list of gardeners’ concerns.

One of the wettest and warmest years on record created ideal conditions for traditionally problematic plant diseases to thrive, but it is the emergence of new diseases into the top 10 that has attracted the attention of Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) scientists.

Save time, money and mess with a garden waste collection

Post date: Sun, 15/03/2015 - 07:52

Love gardening but dislike the time, mess and cost of putting garden waste in your car and driving to the recycling site?

The fast, clean and cheap alternative is a subscription to your district council’s efficient garden waste collection service.

Time is running out to get the best value from the service, as most subscriptions start on 1 April. You can join the service during the year, but the full fee will apply.

Westonbirt springs into action

Post date: Thu, 12/03/2015 - 14:56

As the spring season approaches, The Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt prepares for a stunning international spring display.

Westonbirt’s famous autumn display is led by its Japanese maples, in spring however, it is a more varied affair. The seasonal show is a testament to the diversity of the collection with trees from around the world producing a spectacular display of colour and smells.

Winter sculptures at RHS Rosemoor

Post date: Wed, 10/12/2014 - 13:51

Rosemoor’s winter sculpture exhibition is now an established part of their events programme and continues through into 2015 with an exciting and eclectic mix of exhibits from a diverse collection of sculptors, spread throughout the garden.

The exhibition opened on Saturday 22nd November and runs until Sunday 22nd February 2015 every day from 10am until 5pm.

An outdoors Christmas at Dyrham Park

Post date: Mon, 08/12/2014 - 13:55

Dyrham Park is embracing the outdoors this Christmas with a family-friendly offering during the first three weekends in December (6-7, 13-14, 20-21 Dec).

As well as having the chance to spot real deer, from Dyrham Park’s herd of fallow deer, there will be a reindeer trail across the park with rustic model deer hiding in all sorts of places. Father Christmas will be riding across the park too and visitors can meet him at Old Lodge natural play area at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Roy Lancaster to speak at Bowood Festival

Post date: Tue, 02/12/2014 - 15:55

Roy Lancaster, the man described as is the ultimate plantsman, has been confirmed as a guest speaker on the opening day of the Toby Buckland Garden Festival on Friday, June 5th. Roy is one of the best known faces in horticulture, a plant hunter author and lecturer who is most widely known for his work on the long running BBC TV programme, Gardeners' World. He has regularly appeared on the BBC Radio show Gardeners' Question Time.

Bowood to host new summer garden festival for the Cotswolds

Post date: Tue, 25/11/2014 - 14:43

A new high profile two-day festival will celebrate gardening throughout the Cotswolds next summer.

Following the continuing success of Toby Buckland’s popular annual garden festival at Powderham Castle in Devon, the garden designer and broadcaster is launching a new festival, at Bowood House and Gardens, on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June next year.

The event, which is expected to attract high profi le nurseries from a wide area, is being organised by Country Gardener Magazines.

See Westonbirt Arboretum in a different light this Christmas

Post date: Tue, 11/11/2014 - 11:56

You can kick-start the festive season with a magical experience amongst the trees at the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt in Gloucestershire which will be home again to its Enchanted Christmas winter event.

Enchanted Christmas, which highlights the striking structures of Westonbirt’s trees as they are illuminated against the winter night sky, will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening between Friday 28th November and 21st December.


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