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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.

Enchanted Christmas lights up Westonbirt

Post date: Tue, 05/12/2017 - 09:41

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 opens for Christmas shopping

Post date: Tue, 05/12/2017 - 09:38

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.

‘A Certain Slant of Light’ at Hestercombe

Post date: Wed, 29/11/2017 - 10:22

The history of Hestercombe, just outside of Taunton comes to life as acclaimed photographer, Trish Morrissey brings two new bodies of work to the gardens, inspired by the last female occupants of Hestercombe House, Miss Warre (1790-1872) and Mrs Portman (1854-1951) who both independently ran the estate.

Morrissey has created the work, which includes stills and film, through a residency at Hestercombe – immersing herself in the individual’s lives through archive material such as photographs, drawings, and letters. 

See the past in a new light at Corfe Castle this Christmas

Post date: Wed, 29/11/2017 - 10:17

Corfe Castle becomes an even more magical setting in the build up to Christmas  when contemporary lighting, lanterns, beacons and braziers  add to the atmosphere of the thousand year old surroundings. Starting on Saturday, 9th December there’s 11 special evenings where the winter lights will dazzle and impress when you can step through the gate into a castle adorned with a 23ft Christmas tree and Tudor themed decorations.


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