Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, the National Gardens Scheme has given its handbook a new, fresh look. The annual handbook which is published each spring and was previously known as The Yellow Book, is now called The Garden Visitor’s Handbook 2017 and beneath the title ‘celebrating our 90th year’. It has been given a bright yellow cover showing a wrought iron garden gate opening, with a small dog prancing in front of it, and large flowers decorating the design. There are also county booklets available to pick up with a similar design on the cover as the national handbook.
A series of specialist plant sales are to be held by The Generous Gardener to help raise money for the James Hopkins Trust, a local charity that provides care for severely disabled and life threatened young children. Based in Ampney Crucis, near Cirencester, The Generous Gardener offers a programme of garden lecture days and specialist sales every year.
Don’t miss the Alpine Garden Society’s plant sale and show at Pershore College, Worcestershire, on Saturday, 25th February. Specialist nurseries will offer a wide range of alpines, woodland plants, dwarf shrubs and unusual spring bulbs that are often difficult to find elsewhere. And you can feast your eyes on hundreds of specimen plants brought along for exhibition by AGS members from around the country. There will be plenty of experts on hand to answer questions about how to grow these wonderful plants, as well as a wide range of gardening and plant books for sale.
Popular Exeter plant nursery and garden centre Bernaville Nurseries have again added a personal touch to their Christmas trees.
Bernaville have sourced their usual high standard of real trees again for this year, and the supplier that they have been dealing with for the last 15 years has again found the best quality trees from growers around Loch Ness. As well as the traditional Norway Spruce they have non-drop varieties such as Frasers, Nobles and Nordmans.
Alan Power, the highly acclaimed head gardener and estate manager of the National Trust’s picturesque landscape garden at Stourhead, will talk about his life and work in January when he visits the gardening club at Enmore in January.
In response to the devastating news about the fire at the new Bishop’s Barn playground, The Bishop’s Palace in Wells is offering free entry to all children living in Wells until the end of the year, so that they can enjoy the new Dragon’s Lair playground in the arboretum.
Tickets are now on sale for the popular Toby Buckland GardenFest which bursts into life for two plant-packed days in the stunning location of Powderham Castle, near Exeter in Devon next April.
The event, which is in its fourth year, takes place at the start of the May Bank Holiday on Friday and Saturday, April 28th and 29th. Visitors buying tickets before Christmas can buy on-line for £8.50p- a saving of £4 per ticket.
From craft workshops to an interactive story trail based on Charles Dickens’ well loved A Christmas Carol, there’s loads to do during the festive season at RHS Rosemoor. See the Winter Garden at RHS Rosemoor as you’ve never seen it before, as high-tech colour changing lights illuminate the trees and shrubs to create an enthralling show! The magical winter garden illuminations run until 7th January, Thursday to Saturday, excluding Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
The Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt is once again transforming into a sensory winter wonderland, for its annual Enchanted Christmas event.
One of the most visually stunning festive events in the South West, it will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from the last weekend of November (25th – 27th) to the weekend before Christmas (16th – 18th December).
The sun came out, thousands of people flooded in and a great day out was had by all.
Garden lovers came from far and wide to experience the fabulous selection of nurseries and the inspiring talks given by garden experts.
'It feels like the Festival has really come of age,” says Toby, “This was its third year and so many visitors have remarked how it stood out from all the other garden shows in terms of its friendly atmosphere and the experience of being in such a beautiful Castle setting.