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 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 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.
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.
Anyone searching out the gardens of ‘Capability’ Brown as the country celebrates his 300th anniversary can find an idyllic garden in Hampshire to enjoy.
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.
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, www.salisburyhospicecharity.org.uk
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.
Hampshire Gardens Trust has a major event in May, when Professor Timothy Mowl launches his book From Grene Mede to Dream Meadow: Discoveries in the Hampshire Landscape which he has co-authored with garden history consultant Dr Jane Whitaker.
His talk and book launch is on Thursday 16th May at Winchester’s Guildhall.
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.