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Constant chrysanthemums

Once known as just autumn flowering, the introduction of new hardier varieties and improved growing conditions have finally established the chrysanthemum as an all year round delight.

You are never very far from a chrysanthemum.

From garage forecourts to supermarkets, church displays, traditional florists and yes in our gardens centres -they are everywhere and they are around increasingly all year.

Continue reading about chrysanthemums here



Lifting perennial plant out of groundGardening jobs for September

September is the beginning of one of the favourite times of year for lots of gardeners, not least for the fact that the garden is more relaxed than it has been for some time.

The fight to keep your plants watered or producing or deadheaded has eased and a new wave of tasks is awaiting - even thoughts of next spring!

Gardening jobs for September advice continues here

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Operating on your tree

Thu, 12/09/2019 - 13:09

Mark Hinsley is often called on to explain the various operations which may be carried out on a tree so here he gives an insight into the terms you will need to understand.

In the turbulent times we now live in I thought I would share this with you:

Lamorran House - a Cornish coastal delight

Thu, 12/09/2019 - 13:05

A small but simply stunning garden, it ranks highly in our ‘small is beautiful’ favourite Cornwall gardens.

Lamorran isn’t always on the list of gardening visits to Cornwall.

Grow up!

Thu, 12/09/2019 - 13:00

Even a small garden arch can add height and drama but it’s the choice of plants or even vegetables which is key.

It is easy to concentrate on beds and borders when you’re planting your garden, but making use of vertical space is a great way to add drama.

Grow your creativity at Groves this Autumn

Post date: Fri, 13/09/2019 - 15:30

September will see Groves Nurseries launch a series of creative courses for adults. The 2 hour workshops will offer beginners the opportunity to learn from talented artists based here in Bridport.

A hive of activity at annual garden survey

Post date: Fri, 13/09/2019 - 15:22

Knoll Gardens’ annual Garden Wildlife Survey proved a hive of activity this year with a 20% increase in the number of species found in the Wimborne garden since the last survey in 2018.

Country Gardener August issues now available

Post date: Thu, 25/07/2019 - 14:34

You will be pleased to know the August issues of Country Gardener magazine are now available at your local stockist. They are full of usefull information for the beautiful high summer we are having. 

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Ampfield, Romsey, Hampshire

Wed, 08/05/2019 - 10:27 Post author: Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

The award winning Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is famous the world over. In 1977 Sir Harold left the Gardens under the sole trusteeship of Hampshire County Council. It is now run as a charity under the remit of horticulture, conservation, education and recreation. Among its outstanding features are the splendours of the seasonal planting displays set in 180 acres.We have an excellent cafe and restaurant but also lots of picnic tables in the grounds.
There are many events taking place throughout the year and we are open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Westleigh Farm, Westleigh, Lydeard St Lawrence 26 May 2019

Wed, 06/03/2019 - 16:47 Post author: St Margarets Open Gardens

Opening in aid of St Margaret's Hospice A stunning two acre garden, set amongst the Grade 2 listed Georgian Farmhouse and stone barns. Steps lead onto grass terraces and borders bursting with flowering shrubs and perennials, plus a productive vegetable garden. The rill, ponds and a stream attract many wildlife visitors, with the garden stretching far beyond the garden walls to ancient flowering meadows and a recently replanted orchard.

By Appointment in June 2019 The Old Vicarage , Leigh, Dorset

Wed, 06/03/2019 - 16:34 Post author: St Margarets Open Gardens

Opening in aid of St Margaret's Hospice throughout June, you are invited to take a scenic stroll around the beautiful garden at the Old Vicarage.

You will be able soak up the idyllic views, and wander through the exquisite rose garden. After a leisurely walk around the pond, you can relax in our summerhouse with a cup of tea and slice of cake , included in the entry price.

As pet friendly care home of the year, your four legged friends are very welcome to join you on leads !

Parking and WC on site

Brightening up the Garden in August

Event date
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 19:45 to 22:00
Dodford Village Hall Priory Road Dodford Bromsgrove Worcestershire B61 9DD United Kingdom

Tea Bags, Bras and Tights

Event date
Monday, January 13, 2020 - 19:45 to 22:00
Dodford Village Hall Priory Road Dodford Bromsgrove Worcestershire B61 9DD United Kingdom


Event date
Monday, December 9, 2019 - 19:30 to 21:00
The Main Hall The Allendale Centre WIMBORNE Dorset BH21 1AS United Kingdom
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