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Richard III ‘returns’ to Sudeley Castle

Post date: Tue, 25/03/2014 - 09:36

King Richard III is returning to Sudeley Castle and Gardens in the Cotswolds. The castle is one of seven venues in the UK to host the reconstructed head of the controversial king.

A 3D face replica based on the skull of Richard III, whose remains were discovered beneath a car park in Leicester last year, will be displayed between Wednesday, 2nd April and Tuesday, 15th April. Richard III owned Sudeley Castle twice in his lifetime, fi rst using it as his base for the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1469 and then coming into ownership again when he became king in 1483.

Exbury opens a new children’s play area

Post date: Fri, 21/03/2014 - 12:00

Exbury has always been a firm favourite with families visiting the New Forest, but this year there is more reason to discover the award-winning woodland gardens.

‘Gilbury Lane’ garden opens for the first time planted with over 200 named varieties of camellias. Then there’s a new children’s play area. Equipment will include an Explorer Tower, Sky Walk Trail, Bird’s Nest Swing, Play Hut and ‘Pick-Up Sticks’ all perfect for children aged five to 11 years. Younger children are not forgotten either with a Horse Sit-In Springer.

St Bridget Nurseries Propagation Tours

Post date: Wed, 19/03/2014 - 16:07

St Bridget Nurseries in Exeter have been supplying gardeners with top quality plants for more than 88 years, offering a huge range from trees to house plants,, from roses grown in their own field, to aquatic plants and everything in between.

The nurseries operate on two sites: at Old Rydon Lane, Exeter and at Sidmouth Road, Clyst St Mary, Exeter. The independent family-run business, run by Janet Flinn, managing director and daughter Tammy Falloon, marketing manager, has everything for both the experienced and novice gardener.

Barthelemy have Acers and Maples galore

Post date: Tue, 18/03/2014 - 13:35

If you want graceful acers and maples in your garden, Dorset-based Barthelemy and Co have a wide selection to choose from. Run by the Skinner family on a ten-acre site at Stapehill near Wimborne, the nursery also grows varieties of American dogwood (Cornus), pines, liquamber, beech, hamamelis, and wisteria, all of which are grafted and available as young plants one-two years old. They also offer a large range of bare root seedling of shrub, trees, and conifers, all of which are available by mail order.

Easter art and sculpture at Bristol Botanic

Post date: Mon, 17/03/2014 - 11:19

You can indulge your creative soul over Easter with a visit to Bristol. Visit the Botanic Garden Easter Art and Sculpture Exhibition which runs from 18th to 21st April daily from 10am-5pm.

Ceramic pomegranate seeds, a ‘Rust-o-saurus’, soaring swans, an iridescent stained glass Sacred Lotus, and a host of botanical art including Indonesian floral batik and water colour and ink hellebores are just a few of the designs in the portfolios of the exhibitors.

Cotswold Gardening School mentoring show gardens

Post date: Thu, 13/03/2014 - 09:35

Cotswold Gardening School have been asked to mentor four new ‘Festival Gardens’ at the new look RHS Malvern Spring Festival in May. This new category of show garden will be open for anyone to enter regardless of previous garden design or show garden experience.

The Cotswold Gardening School will be on hand to help - so that lack of practical experience or drawing skills need not get in the way of a great concept. It’s open to anyone - designers were sought through a national competition and the best four designs will be chosen to be built.


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