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Charity and Kew Gardens combine to preserve Devon’s trees

Post date: Tue, 01/03/2016 - 08:45

Devon Wildlife Trust has spent this autumn conducting a very different kind of harvest.

The charity has been collecting seed from Devon’s ash, hawthorn, blackthorn, holly and other trees at some of its 49 nature reserves as part of a national project to aimed at protecting the UK’s woodlands.  Devon Wildlife Trust is a partner in the UK National Tree Seed Project, which has been set up by Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, and made possible with funding generated by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Will magnolias announce the early arrival of spring?

Post date: Tue, 01/03/2016 - 08:37

Gardeners are keeping a close eye on magnolias growing in some of the most gorgeous historic gardens in the West Country to see if the arrival of spring is imminent.

Cornish gardens keep a count on the champion magnolia campbellii trees growing at Caerhays, Heligan, Tregothnan, Trebah, Trewithen and Trewidden.

They has been an incredible bloom count already - well ahead of last year and if the warm weather continues, spring could be declared well ahead of 3rd March, when it officially hits the rest of the UK.

Poundbury Gardens to give back at 10 year celebrations

Post date: Wed, 24/02/2016 - 07:14

Poundbury Gardens, which is part of The Gardens Group, is looking for a local charity or not-for-profit organisation to donate 10 per cent of its takings to during its 10th anniversary celebrations, which take place between Tuesday 1st and Thursday 10th March.

The garden centre, based near Queen Mother Square in Poundbury, is calling on customers, charities and organisations alike to nominate the charity or not-for-profit organisation that they believe deserves to receive 10% of the garden centre and restaurant takings on Friday 4 March 2016.

Sussex gardening scheme offers new career prospects

Post date: Wed, 24/02/2016 - 07:08

A new scheme is Sussex is offering hobby gardeners the chance to drastically change their lifestyle for the better.

Work and Retrain As a Gardener Scheme trains gardening fanatics of all abilities in practical skills either in their own gardens or at existing gardens, including three in Lindfield.

WRAGS co-ordinator for Sussex and South Hants Liddy Davidson said trainees are “from a huge variety of backgrounds, most of whom are seeking a change of career which will improve their quality of life”.

Mothering Sunday family day out at Forde Abbey

Post date: Tue, 16/02/2016 - 06:35

There’s lots to see and do at Forde Abbey on Mothering Sunday on 6th March and it’s a chance to make it a family day out.

It’s the start of the Abbey’s popular crocus week, with purple, cream and mauve blooms heralding the start of spring. You can work up an appetite exploring the grounds before visiting the Undercroft tea rooms with warming food and homemade cake.

Gardening and lunch at Lowden Garden Centre talk

Post date: Tue, 16/02/2016 - 06:32

Gardening and food go hand in hand at the popular Lowden Garden Centre near Bath on Thursday March 17th at a new lunchtime event.  Put the date in your diary and join them and Toby Buckland for a gardening lunch surrounded by tempting plants largely grown by Lowden gardeners.

Television present and writer Toby Buckland is a knowledgeable speaker and award winning garden designer who owns a nursery and boutique plant centre at Powderham Castle near Exeter, specialising in bare root perennials.  

April Powderham Garden Festival set to be bigger and better

Post date: Thu, 11/02/2016 - 13:00

The two-day Toby Buckland's Garden Festival at Powderham Castle over the May Bank Holiday weekend is set again to be one of the highlights in the West Country gardening calendar.

It’s the third of this popular series of festivals organised by Country Gardener set in the wonderful setting of Powderham Castle just outside of Exeter and held on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th April.

Magnificent magnolias – the stars of spring gardens

Post date: Mon, 01/02/2016 - 06:54

There’s no doubt that magnolias are one of spring’s heroic ornamental trees and shrubs – producing magnificent floral displays whatever the weather throws at them. Most magnolias make small trees or compact shrubs, so they’re ideal for bringing spring to life in just about any size of garden. And they’re perfect for growing in containers on the patio.


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