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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,

28th village festival in Barnsley

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 08:57

Saturday 14th May is the day to put into your diary to visit nine gardens in Barnsley near Cirencester at their 28th village festival.

Started by the late Rosemary Verey of Barnsley House, her garden is one of the good reasons to attend with the  added opportunity of a tour with the head gardener. Also stalls, teas, church music, Morris dancers, barbecue and local ales at the pub.

Also open on the same day is the Barnsley Park garden and arboretum. The presentations to Best Gardens winners will be made at 12.30pm by a guest judge.

Insight into what a head gardener does all day

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 08:54

Head gardener, Alan Power, will give an illustrated lecture on the history, conservation and management of the iconic Stourhead Gardens at Shaftesbury Arts Centre on behalf of Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Gardens, on Wednesday 27th April at 7.30pm

His career as a National Trust gardener began in 1995 when he joined the garden team at Stourhead, Wiltshire. He was then tempted over to Mount Stewart in County Down, only to return to Stourhead in 2004, when he landed his dream job as garden and estate manager in the classic landscape garden he loves.

Plant sale supports arts centre project

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 08:52

A plant sale on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th May will raise funds for Greyladyes Arts Foundation a charity set up by locals to safeguard Bursledon’s Greyladyes chapel for the local community and establish an arts centre. GAF raised £90,000 to buy the building in less than ten months. Both Bursledon Parish Council and Eastleigh Borough Council donated £6,000 and the remaining £78,000 was raised through donations from the public.

Orchid advice day at Eggesford

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 08:47

With their exotic beauty and stunning colour palette, it’s no surprise that orchids are an extremely popular houseplant. However, orchids are also one of the plants that we often feel a bit nervous about – where to put them, when to water them, how to keep them flowering and what to do when they look pot-bound are all common concerns.

In fact most of the species of orchid grown as houseplants are very easy to care for and can continue to give years of pleasure with relatively little effort.


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