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Rosy Hardy explains how to put the right plant in the right place

Post date: Tue, 01/08/2017 - 08:17

There’s the opportunity to listen to the owners of one of the finest nurseries in UK when Rosy Hardy who has a great following throughout Dorset talks at West Dean Gardens in Sussex on choosing the right plants for your garden.

Rosy and Rob Hardy founded Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants in 1988 and are based in the Hampshire village of Freefolk. They have won 21 consecutive gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Bernaville hosts August childrens trail

Post date: Tue, 01/08/2017 - 08:12

Popular Exeter nursery Bernaville is running a free Children’s Summer Trail throughout August from 10am to 4pm. It features an interactive trail through the Devon nursery with lots of interesting and educational things for children to see. After completing the trail, children will receive a goody bag and sticker and be given a free terracotta pot to take home and decorate, which they can then enter into our prize draw to win a family ticket to Woodlands.

No booking is needed but children must be accompanied at all times.

Secret garden opens for the last time

Post date: Tue, 01/08/2017 - 08:09

An enchantingly secret garden which stretches alongside the Oxford Canal on the border of Fenny Compton is opening this year for the final time. The garden, at the Granary, which is open over the August Bank Holiday on Sunday, 27th and Monday, 28th August has sweeping views of the Dassett Hills, its herbaceous beds of riotous colour house plants rare and popular – each with its own name-tag for the serious plants person - a cascading water feature, and herb garden with dramatic sweet pea spire.

Rosemoor’s sensational rose gardens open until end of July

Post date: Mon, 17/07/2017 - 11:37

A trip to RHS Rosemoor is a must for visitors this summer as the garden celebrates with a ‘Rose Festival’ through to July 30th.

Boasting one of the UK’s largest collections of roses, Rosemoor is home to two dedicated rose gardens, bringing together 200 different cultivars , from cottage garden climbers to bright and beautiful container plants.

Britain’s first hotel gardening school

Post date: Mon, 17/07/2017 - 11:36

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat-Saisons has announced its own gardening school. Named after the Oxfordshire hotel’s charismatic chef and patron, The Raymond Blanc Gardening School will impart secrets and expertise from the team behind the two-acre kitchen garden, which supplies more than 90 varieties of vegetable and 70 types of herb for Blanc’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant.

Tetbury show continues to grow

Post date: Wed, 12/07/2017 - 10:01

The Gloucestershire town of Tetbury is staging its annual Summer Show, which incorporates the Tetbury Flower Show on Sunday, 13th August. The event has a strong gardening theme throughout and has been growing every year and the show still clings to the traditional with the marquee boasting a finery of flowers, fruit and vegetables all grown and displayed by local exhibitors. Also on show will be many domestic offerings including cakes, sponges and jams to name just a few along with floral artistry and displays of arts and crafts.

Counting down to new two-day autumn harvest extravaganza at Forde Abbey!

Post date: Wed, 12/07/2017 - 09:56

Toby Buckland’s new Garden & Harvest Festival at Forde Abbey, near Chard on the weekend of 16th and 17th September, will be
taking over the Abbey and stunning grounds to present a two-day celebration of the harvest, featuring more than 150 specialist
nurseries, artisan crafts, food and drink producers.

Prior Park recruits youngest head gardener

Post date: Thu, 06/07/2017 - 11:12

The youngest head gardener in the National Trust has started worked at Prior Park Landscape Garden in Bath.

Alice Palfrey, 29, already has seven years of National Trust gardening. She comes to her role with experience of looking after Prior Park, and enthusiasm to take the garden forward and continue the process of restoring it to its 1764 state and the time of creator Ralph Allen’s death.

Alice’s introduction to gardens and tree work came as a teenager with weekends spent helping her father, an arboricultural professional, with tasks in private gardens..’

Basic botany for gardeners

Post date: Thu, 06/07/2017 - 11:09

Bristol Botanical Garden is holding a one day course on basic botany on Saturday, 22nd July. The course is based on the plant world being a magical one which constantly surprises and amazes with its diversity and adaptability. Knowing how to grow a plant can be improved by knowing where its natural environment is and what family it belongs to.


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