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RHS Rosemoor launches summer long series of live events

Post date: Mon, 14/05/2018 - 13:36

RHS Rosemoor launches summer long series of live events

RHS Rosemoor, Devon’s award winning gardening venue has launched ‘Rosemoor Live’ to present a series of events live from the Torrington gardens.

Rosemoor Live!, starting in April, consists of live entertainment, including music, theatre, comedy, talks from TV presenters and children’s shows.

The events include:

Wednesday 16th May

Chawton House opens for NGS Snowdrop Day

Post date: Thu, 08/02/2018 - 10:33

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.

Plant clinic at orchid society show

Post date: Thu, 08/02/2018 - 10:25

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. 

Growers Organics opens for bumper veggie growing season

Post date: Thu, 08/02/2018 - 10:04

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.

Alpine plants bonanza at Pershore sale

Post date: Thu, 08/02/2018 - 09:33

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. Tel: 01386 554790

The 2018 NGS handbook available at a discount for Country Gardener readers

Post date: Thu, 08/02/2018 - 09:30

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.

Only Tools and Roses! Meet Boycie at Toby’s Garden Fest

Post date: Tue, 09/01/2018 - 12:11

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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