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32,000 tulips
 at Arundel Castle

Post date: Wed, 23/03/2016 - 07:28

Visitors to Arundel Castle’s gardens in West Sussex are in for a treat this year with a brand new thatched roundhouse, the return of the much-loved Annual Tulip Festival and new varieties of flowers to enjoy.

The castle and gardens open to visitors on Friday 25th March with 30,000 bright daffodils and 50,000 snake’s head fritillaries on show. Five different varieties of daffodils are expected to be in bloom including the traditional trumpet-shaped ‘Dutch Master’, the pendulous ‘W.P. Milner’ and unusual ‘White Narcissus’.

Big plant sale and open garden in aid of Somerset Wildlife Trust

Post date: Tue, 15/03/2016 - 10:03

Keep a date in your diary for Somerset Wildlife Trust’s plant sale and open garden at Rookery House, Mark, on Saturday 30th April. The event which has been extremely successful in past years will open at 10.30am and run until 1pm. Entrance is £2 including coffee. There will also be cakes on sale, exhibitions, a raffle and children’s activities. Rookery House, The Causeway, Mark, Somerset TA9 4QH (on the B3139.) There will be easy parking in a field opposite by kind permission of Ms G Isgar.

Hospice to design garden to help bereavement

Post date: Tue, 15/03/2016 - 10:02

The Primrose Hospice in Worcestershire is facing a new challenge is by entering this year’s RHS Malvern Spring Show in May with a garden designed by award winning Martyn Wilson called ‘Time is a Healer’ to represent the bereavement journey many children find themselves on when losing a parent or other family member. It will be created on that theme because the death of a loved one is often confusing and the designers hope the garden will represent the various feelings and moods. Hedging and topiary for the garden will be supplied by Readyhedge a specialty grower from near Pershore.

Now’s the time to be thinking of planting willow

Post date: Tue, 15/03/2016 - 10:00

Coates English Willow is a family run company based at Stoke St Gregory near Taunton. Early spring is the perfect time to be thinking about planting living willow structures. The willow is now being harvested and can be kept in water until planted. Use it to plant structures in your garden, either to hide an oil tank or wheelie bin or to provide shade in the summer months. It can also be used to plant tunnels and wigwams for younger family members to play in. They can supply kits with full instructions to help you build an arbour, tunnel, dome or fence.

Study evaluates Hampshire front gardens

Post date: Tue, 15/03/2016 - 10:00

Gardens in Hampshire are to be featured in a new RHS study to understand how front gardens impact both homeowners and passers by. The research being carried out this spring is part of the RHS Greening Grey Britain campaign to encourage the nation to transform grey areas into living, planted places.

A major objective will be to determine how gardening affects the mood and health of people who have not gardened before.

Plans to help measure this include greening paved over gardens.


Juice making hits the popularity heights

Post date: Tue, 15/03/2016 - 09:59

It’s been a great winter if you love making your own apple and fruit juice.Like the seasons, things are changing at Vigo Presses the UK’s leading specialist supplier of fruit juicing equipment ,apple presses, cider presses, fruit presses and crushers. Not only are we into the first quarter of 2016, having had one of the most fruitful apple crops in years, for juice and cider production last autumn.  Vigo Presses has also changed ownership.

Paul Courtney, a local cider and juice maker has taken the helm of the business.

Capability Brown gardens round the country opening for the NGS

Post date: Tue, 15/03/2016 - 09:58

If you are travelling round the country this summer you may want to call in on a ‘Capability’ Brown garden further afield than your home county. The National Gardens Scheme has a long list of these gardens that are opening for the charity in 2016, the year marking 300 years since the birth of this great garden designer.

Cullompton gets some guerrilla gardening ’activists’

Post date: Tue, 15/03/2016 - 09:58

An anonymous group of green-fingered activists are working against the law to turn overgrown and unkempt Cullompton green spaces into bright, colourful, fragrant and even edible areas.

The Guerrilla Gardening movement has declared war against neglected outdoor spaces in towns and cities across the UK.

The movement sees groups of people meeting up in the dead of night to plant flowers, bulbs, herbs and vegetable seeds in abandoned or neglected gardens on council land or private property over which they have no legal rights.


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