If you are keen to learn the secrets of the ‘No Dig’ approach to vegetable gardens then Charles Dowding is giving a lecture in Shepton Mallet on Wednesday, 21st February at his garden at Alhampton, Shepton Mallet. It’s the chance to learn the essentials of no dig: mulching to feed soil, hoeing tiny weeds, buying, making and using compost.
Chawton House near Alton is officially part of the National Garden Scheme Snowdrop Festival and opens its 14-acre gardens on Sunday, 25th February from 11am to 4.30pm.
Entry to the garden will be £5 (children under 16 go free) and all funds will go to a range of beneficiaries selected by NGS including Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie among others. Refreshments will be available for purchase in the tearoom. Dogs are allowed but the gardens are not suitable for wheelchairs. Tea and refreshments will be available in the Great Hall.
Bournemouth Orchid Society holds its Spring Show at the Allendale Community Centre on Saturday, 24th February. The highlights of the annual show include orchid displays, orchids for sale, potting demonstrations and a plant clinic for sick or ailing plants. Exhibitors include Burnham Nurseries, Lawrence Hobbs Orchids and Orchids by Peter White. Registration opens at 8.30am and the show opens to the public at 12 noon until 4.30pm. For more information call Chris Bloomfield on 07712 479056.
Monday, the 19th February sees the reopening of the independent plant nursery Growers Organics. The Devon based business, in its 15th year, grow and sell high quality certified organic vegetable plants, available to buy at their nursery, or online.
If you don’t manage to visit the nursery, Growers Organics regularly sell their organic plants at Totnes market every Friday and Saturday.
They will also be attending various plant fairs throughout the spring season.
Specialist nurseries will offer a wide range of alpines at the Alpine Garden Society’s plant sale and show on Saturday, 24th February at a new venue at Pershore High School, Station Road, Pershore. Visitors will be able to buy woodland plants, dwarf shrubs and unusual spring bulbs often difficult to find elsewhere. Open from 11am to 3.30pm.
www.alpinegardensociety.net Tel: 01386 554790
Every year the new National Gardens Scheme handbook, the bible for garden visitors, and what used to be called The Yellow Book, comes out in early spring, and Country Gardener readers can take advantage of a bargain.
The handbook lists all the gardens open for the NGS throughout the British Isles and is indispensable for garden visiting, containing all the information you need for a great day out. There are many new gardens opening all over the country, old favourites, and many open several times a year.
John Challis, the actor and author best known for playing Boycie in the BBC’s most successful ever sitcom Only Fools and Horses is to speak at Toby’s Garden Festival in April 2018. Keen gardener John will be at the two-day garden fiesta on 27th and 28th April at Powderham Castle signing copies of his book, Wigmore Abbey: The Treasure of Mortimer, an autobiographical account of creating his house and garden in Herefordshire with wife Carol.
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Enchanted Christmas is one of the highlights at Westonbirt Arboretum, an illuminated celebration of trees in winter.
It is Westonbirt’s signature winter event, featuring a spectacular one-mile illuminated trail, highlighting the striking structures of Westonbirt’s trees as they are illuminated against the winter night sky.
Each year a new lighting design is created so visitors can experience different specimens, paths and vistas in the tree collection. The route is on hard paths so it’s fully accessible for mobility scooters.
Highgrove, the private estate of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in Tetbury, Gloucestershire is open until Sunday, 17th December for Christmas shopping.
Highgrove’s Orchard Room will be laid out with the opportunity to shop, eat, laugh and be merry with an exclusive Christmas shopping and dining event, guests can skip the hustle and bustle of the high street and shop with ease and a glass of complimentary champagne in hand in the beautiful settings.