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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.

Is there an elm tree near you?

Post date: Thu, 14/09/2017 - 14:50

The Conservation Foundation is searching again- and people throughout the country can help.

Ever since the 1970s when a wave of Dutch elm disease swept across the UK and millions of trees were lost, most people assumed that all elms had been infected.

In 2007 The Conservation Foundation began searching for healthy, mature elms which had survived. Had they had the disease and recovered? Were they resistant to it? Or had they simply avoided the disease somehow?

Plant fair returns to Athelhampton this weekend

Post date: Wed, 06/09/2017 - 14:42

The popular plant fair  returns to the picturesque grounds of Athelhampton House  on Sunday, 10th September.

More than 20 independent nurseries and specialist growers offering a wide range of plants as well as local craft and produce stalls all in a beautiful setting. The event is organised by Plant Heritage Dorset Group. There’s light refreshment and full dining facilities available.


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