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Pippa Greenwood lectures in Torquay

Post date: Mon, 09/10/2017 - 13:44

Torquay and District Horticultural Society will welcome popular garden broadcaster and writer Pippa Greenwood on Wednesday, 25th October for The Cecil Heard Lecture.

Pippa’s talk is entitled ‘Greener Gardening’, looking closely at predators and biological controls for use in the garden together with a host of ways to outwit the pests.

The evening takes place at the Livermead House Hotel, Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 6QJ and starts at 7.30pm.

More details on 01803 556553

Identifying birds and their songs

Post date: Mon, 09/10/2017 - 13:31

Wondering how to tell the call of a blackbird from a blue tit? There’s the chance to join bird expert Ed Drewitt and learn how to identify local birds and their songs living in the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust woodlands near Wotton Under Edge.

Throughout the day on Saturday, 14th October from 10am to 4pm, a mixture of indoor and outdoor tuition will give the opportunity to learn a variety of common woodland birds.

The wonder of trees – through artists eyes

Post date: Mon, 09/10/2017 - 13:29

Trees are the largest plants on earth and some of the oldest. Bath Society of Botanical Painters has taken up the daunting challenge of capturing their strong forms and delicate beauty in their exhibition The Amazing World of Trees which will be on display from Thursday, 5th October to Monday, 23rd at Bath Royal Literary and Scientifi c Institute, Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN.

Apple days at Hellens Manor

Post date: Mon, 09/10/2017 - 13:26

There are Big Apple days to be enjoyed on Saturday, 14th and Sunday, 15th October at Hellens House and Gardens, the beautiful historic house in Much Marcle, Herefordshire.

Over the two days there are special events and talks. Tours of Hellens will also be available on both days of the Big Apple at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm each day. Tickets at the usual price from the tearoom which will be serving cakes and wonderful soups throughout. Admission charge to Hellens site applies.

Hellens Manor, Ledbury HR8 2LY.

Taunton MP backs gardening incentive

Post date: Thu, 28/09/2017 - 10:50

Taunton MP Rebecca Pow is at the forefront of a campaign to put gardening at the heart of Government policy making.

Rebecca, a former BBC and ITV reporter who specialised in the environment, farming and gardening - wrote in a 56 page report report: “Gardens, gardening, and horticultural skills can have a striking effect on our communities.

“Getting more people gardening is a truly holistic, cross departmental, high impact policy.”


Post date: Tue, 26/09/2017 - 13:43

Next year Stone Lane Garden in Chagford celebrates 25 years of the annual Mythic Garden Sculpture Exhibition with the theme “Celebration of the Silver Jubilee of The Mythic Garden Sculpture Exhibition”.

Artists who wish to exhibit in 2018 are cordially invited to submit work on the above subject. Presentation of sculptures in all media should reflect the joy of celebration, possibly silver in colour, or perhaps the symbolism associated with the metal.

Orchid society autumn show

Post date: Wed, 20/09/2017 - 11:21

The Bournemouth Orchid Society holds its second show of the season on Saturday, 30th September at the Allendale Community Centre in Halham Road, Wimborne.

The shows are the society’s window to the outside world and they therefore take great care with all the displays on show. There are competitive classes and non competitive displays and the society runs a plant clinic throughout the event to help encourage newcomers and to solve growing problems.

Marina Christopher at plant society lecture

Post date: Tue, 19/09/2017 - 12:31

The first meeting of the autumn for Dorset Hardy Plant Society starts with one of their favourite speakers - Marina Christopher of Phoenix Plants from Alton in Hampshire. The title of her lecture is ‘Gardening with Gravel’ and takes place on Saturday, 30th September at Colehill Memorial Hall 2pm for 2.30pm. There will be a member’s plant stall and a raffle, plus home made cakes and teas. Visitors are welcome.

For further information please contact Debbie Steel on 01202 877390 or on

How wild is your garden?

Post date: Thu, 14/09/2017 - 14:51

Devon Wildlife Trust is offering gardeners in Exeter the chance to have their patches honoured as a wildlife friendly garden. The Trust’s  formal Wildlife Gardening Awards are aimed at encouraging Exeter people to help with the city’s varied and important wildlife. The scheme is free to enter and open to members of the public, schools, housing associations, community groups and businesses based in Exeter. The charity plans to present Wildlife Gardening Award plaques to gardens which are able to achieve six nature friendly criteria from a list of 25 which have been drawn up.


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