Portesham open gardens takes place on the weekend of Saturday, 1st and Sunday, 2nd of July when there’s a chance to tour the selected gardens open in the Dorset village six miles outside of Weymouth. St Peter’s Church is holding an arts and craft exhibition in conjunction with the gardens open weekend. The gardens are open from 12 noon to 4.30pm both days. Cream teas are available in the Rectory garden again on both days.
Knightshayes, the National Trust property is celebrating National Meadows day on Saturday, 1st July by welcoming a professional scythe to help the parkland looking trim using this traditional method of meadow management. Andrea Rickard , the UK Ladies Champion for scything, will be doing demonstrations throughout the day, and you will also have the chance to give it a go yourself.
Could you spare a few hours to help the head gardener at the beautiful historic gardens of Belcombe Court, near Bradford-on-Avon?
Sue Cranch took over as head gardener of this vast garden at the beginning of March, and as she told Country Gardener, “I have had to hit the ground running. It’s a challenge but exciting.”
Stewarts Garden Centres from Dorset have added another accolade to their impressive list of awards. The Dorset group with garden centres in Christchurch and Wimborne have been rated the third best ‘Destination centre’ in UK and a centre of excellence. The award comes from the influential Garden Centres Association which represents nearly 200 garden centres in the UK. The passion for horticulture has been in the Stewarts family for eight generations. The business can be traced back to 1742.
New research suggests we should be eating ten portions of fruit and vegetables a day to help live a longer life. To many that may sound like a lot, but Devon organic farmers and local veg box delivery scheme Riverford believe not.
Jo and Phil Limb who deliver to customers across the county explained, “Our boxes are all about bringing the best of our fields into customers’ homes. They are a really inspiring way to cook from scratch, eat seasonally and pack a load of the green stuff into your diet.
Giant hares are set to be leaping across the Cotswolds, as part of the new Trail Festival.
Eighty five-foot sculptures will be in place across 20 towns and villages, nestling in hotel lobbies, tucked into shop doorways or taking centre stage on high streets.
The trail, which launches on Saturday 25th March, will run until Sunday 10th September, and has been arranged by Florence Beetlestone.
Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, the National Gardens Scheme has given its handbook a new, fresh look. The annual handbook which is published each spring and was previously known as The Yellow Book, is now called The Garden Visitor’s Handbook 2017 and beneath the title ‘celebrating our 90th year’. It has been given a bright yellow cover showing a wrought iron garden gate opening, with a small dog prancing in front of it, and large flowers decorating the design. There are also county booklets available to pick up with a similar design on the cover as the national handbook.
A series of specialist plant sales are to be held by The Generous Gardener to help raise money for the James Hopkins Trust, a local charity that provides care for severely disabled and life threatened young children. Based in Ampney Crucis, near Cirencester, The Generous Gardener offers a programme of garden lecture days and specialist sales every year.
Don’t miss the Alpine Garden Society’s plant sale and show at Pershore College, Worcestershire, on Saturday, 25th February. Specialist nurseries will offer a wide range of alpines, woodland plants, dwarf shrubs and unusual spring bulbs that are often difficult to find elsewhere. And you can feast your eyes on hundreds of specimen plants brought along for exhibition by AGS members from around the country. There will be plenty of experts on hand to answer questions about how to grow these wonderful plants, as well as a wide range of gardening and plant books for sale.
Popular Exeter plant nursery and garden centre Bernaville Nurseries have again added a personal touch to their Christmas trees.
Bernaville have sourced their usual high standard of real trees again for this year, and the supplier that they have been dealing with for the last 15 years has again found the best quality trees from growers around Loch Ness. As well as the traditional Norway Spruce they have non-drop varieties such as Frasers, Nobles and Nordmans.