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Join Thornhayes Nursery in their 25th anniversary celebrations

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 09:18

The respected and nationally known Thornhayes Nursey near Cullopmpton in Devon is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and as part of these celebrations on Friday May 13th there will be a free event for all to enjoy. Customers are welcome to visit throughout the day, but at 11am and 2pm owner Kevin Croucher will lead a guided tour and discussion around the arboretum and orchards answering customers’ questions and looking at the trees and shrubs on display. Light refreshments will be served prior to each walk from 10.30am and 1.30pm.

Designer opens garden with personalised style

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 09:11

Garden designer and Chelsea Gold Medal winning designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, has opened a new mixed use garden retail outlet in the Cotswolds with sculpture and artist Yann Eshkol.

Allomorphic, which has opened in Stroud, is both a retail shop concentrating on luxury gardening accessories, one-off pieces and bespoke items designed by Hervey-Brookes alongside lectures and day courses.

‘Made in Dorset’ is flower festival theme

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 09:09

Owermoigne Flower Club and Friends are again holding their annual flower festival in the beautiful Elizabethan house and gardens of Athelhampton. This year’s theme will be ‘Made in Dorset’ and the house and gardens will be extensively decorated with fresh flowers and foliage showcasing products made or developed in Dorset. This is the 23rd year Owermoigne Flower Club and Athelhampton have collaborated to produce this wonderful show. Nearly all the club members contribute to the displays.

Whetman celebrate 80 years of being in the pink!

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 09:06

Whetman Pinks, breeders and growers of fragrant Dianthus English Pinks, will be celebrating their 80th birthday this year. The company was bought as a going concern in 1936, a traditional market garden in Devon. Since then, it has developed into the world recognised brand that is known today. Much has changed, but the nursery in Devon is still at the heart of the business.

Ross Garden Centre celebrates 10th birthday with special offers

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 09:04

Ross Garden Store is celebrating its 10th birthday and you can join them for a series of special offers to celebrate the event.

Since the formation of the town’s only garden centre on the outskirts of Ross on Wye in April 2006, in an historical ‘Brunel’ Engine Shed building, the company has grown, with support from the local community, to include a wonderful cafe, a dedicated food shop, and a landscape garden division.

The focus is plants and they strive to buy only the best quality looking at their best for any given season.

‘There’s a place up the road that does lovely cleft Chestnut...’

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 09:04

Cotswolds rustic fencing, gates and garden specialists Say it with Wood had a profile boost when their cleft Chestnut products were featured in Monty Don’s new BBC series, Big Dreams, Small Spaces. The programme focused on Frankie Devereux who was trying to renovate her Herefordshire cottage garden with the help of her mother Pat, in memory of Frankie’s sister who died in a tragic accident.

Botanic garden curator awarded prestigious RHS award

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 09:00

A University of Bristol horticulturist has been presented with one of the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) highest awards for his work with plants and education.

Nick Wray, Curator of the Botanic Garden, has been awarded the RHS Associate of Honour for his service to horticulture.  The award recognises more than 30 years at the garden and for his role in creating the new Botanic Garden at The Holmes, which was the first new university botanic garden to be moved and redeveloped in the UK for nearly 40 years.

Hatch House 17th century walled garden to open

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 08:58

Idyllic Hatch House in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside will hold its annual Open Garden on 29th May. This is a great event for all the family and a chance to see the 17th century Dutch walled garden, enjoy teas with family and friends and browse a wide variety of stalls.

There are second hand books, jewellery, bric-a-brac and Lady Rumbold & Mrs Vernon’s famous clothes stall, a magnet for bargain hunters. All proceeds to the Salisbury Hospice Charity,


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