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Mapperton plant fair attracts 30 specialist nurseries

Post date: Fri, 01/04/2016 - 08:11

One of the biggest plant fairs held this year in Dorset will be on the Mapperton Estate, Beaminster on Sunday 10th April from 10am to 4pm.

The Specialist Charity Plant Fair will raise funds for the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. Admission is £3 to the plant fair but the house and gardens are extra.

Over 30 specialist nurseries from the all over the south west region will provide a fabulous selection of plants for spring and summer.

For more details contact Franchesca Becky Cotterill

Batsford Arboretum celebrates Britain’s ancient yews

Post date: Fri, 01/04/2016 - 08:07

Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton-in-Marsh in  Gloucestershire, are planting a yew tree propagated from an ancient tree over 1,000 years old as part of The Conservation Foundation’s ‘We Love Yew’ campaign to protect Britain’s ancient yew heritage.

Great Britain has one of the world’s greatest collections of ancient yews; the ‘We Love Yew’ campaign aims to raise awareness of Britain’s yew tree heritage, encourage better management for yews and regenerate the population. Batsford Arboretum were thrilled to have been successful in recently acquiring a yew sapling.

Riverford Organics - special offer for Country Gardener readers

Post date: Wed, 23/03/2016 - 07:45

Country Gardener readers have an extra incentive to order from Riverford Organics with a special offer from the Devon based organic vegetable box delivery specialists.

The offer is available to new customers only, who set up a regular vegbox or fruit box order and enter payment details. Readers will receive a free Riverford Autumn & Winter cook book on their second delivery and a Spring & Summer cook book on their fourth delivery when a regular veg box order is placed.

Easter egg trails at West Dean Gardens

Post date: Wed, 23/03/2016 - 07:42

Children can take part in a traditional Easter Egg Trail around the award-winning West Dean Gardens, from Good Friday, 25th March to Easter Monday, 28th March from 9am to 5pm where they will be rewarded with a small handmade chocolate treat courtesy of award-winning chocolatiers Montezuma’s. It’s a chance to celebrate Easter and take family and friends to explore the gardens as they burst into life.

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.


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