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A new home for Parks & Gardens UK with Hestercombe Gardens Trust

Post date: Wed, 23/08/2017 - 14:40

Parks & Gardens UK, the archive of historic designed landscape sites has a  new home with the Hestercombe Gardens Trust based just outside of Taunton. In September last year Parks & Gardens UK with Hestercombe Gardens Trust received £97,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to secure the future of the P&GUK database and website of historic designed landscapes.

175th celebrations begin for The Romsey Show

Post date: Tue, 22/08/2017 - 08:39

The Romsey Show, one of the oldest agricultural shows in the country and the largest one-day show in the South of England celebrates its 175th anniversary on Saturday, September 9th.

The Romsey Show started in 1842 and will take place at the historic Broadlands Estate.

To kick off the anniversary festivities, everyone’s invited to an evening of entertainment at a ‘picnic in a tent’ event at the Showground on Saturday, 2nd September.

News skills galore at new Forde Abbey garden festival

Post date: Tue, 01/08/2017 - 08:28

Gardeners looking to maximise their crops and learn new harvest skills this autumn will be heading to Toby Buckland’s new Garden and Harvest Festival at Forde Abbey, near Chard in Somerset on 16th and 17th September. A host of local artisans are bringing their expertise to the two-day event, with talks, workshops and demos on vegetable growing, bulb growing, apple-pressing and seed collecting. 

Historic Wells garden hosts rare plant fair

Post date: Tue, 01/08/2017 - 08:21

The Bishop’s Palace lies at the heart of the historic City of Wells and is a place full of secrets, stories and stunning scenery, and home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years .Surrounded by a breathtaking moat you can cross a flagstone drawbridge, under the portcullis and experience a gem in the heart of the City of Wells.

The historic gardens host a new Summer Rare Plant Fair on Sunday, August 20th and visitors will see the garden at its high summer best. 

NGS leads initiative for health and well-being

Post date: Tue, 01/08/2017 - 08:19

Gardens in Hampshire and Sussex which open for the National Garden Scheme are some of the most popular in the country.

The NGS has launched its first ever week dedicated to promoting the positive impact gardens can have on health and wellbeing. The timing of the week will be chosen at county level. All of the gardens taking part will open free of charge for a small, private group of people who would not usually get the opportunity to enjoy a garden, or for whom garden visiting is not always possible, either because of health or social reasons.

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.


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