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Ashe Park - new gardens opens for July visitors

Post date: Wed, 28/06/2017 - 09:51

The extensive new gardens in the grounds of a Ashe Park, the Georgian country house and estate, opens for the NGS in July . There are parkland and specimen trees, woodland walks, large contemporary potager, lime avenue and several newly planted areas.

Teas and refreshments available, dogs on leads are welcome, parking available.

The developing garden is, becoming established with further  planting initiatives in progress  and it is becoming a popular garden with visitors.On Sunday, 30th July there will be a Jane Austen theme.

Ston Easton tour of majestic hotel gardens

Post date: Wed, 28/06/2017 - 09:50

Somerset’s lavish country house hotel at Ston Easton Park is hosting a garden tour on Thursday, 29th June.

The tour will welcome guests to enjoy 36 acres of parkland in all its glory, as it bursts into full bloom.

Guided by Ston Easton Park’s head gardener Stephen Hargreaves, guests will be shown around the majestic gardens, designed by the great English landscape architect Humphry Repton – Ston Easton Park is the last remaining Repton landscape in Somerset, with iconic 18th Century
features including a love seat, lost grotto and original stone bridge.

Portesham open gardens weekend

Post date: Wed, 28/06/2017 - 09:48

Portesham open gardens takes place on the weekend of Saturday, 1st and Sunday, 2nd of July when there’s a chance to tour the selected gardens open in the Dorset village six miles outside of Weymouth. St Peter’s Church is holding an arts and craft exhibition in conjunction with the gardens open weekend. The gardens are open from 12 noon to 4.30pm both days. Cream teas are available in the Rectory garden again on both days.

Scythe away at Knightshayes

Post date: Wed, 28/06/2017 - 09:48

Knightshayes, the National Trust property is celebrating National Meadows day on  Saturday, 1st July by welcoming a professional scythe to help the parkland looking trim using this traditional method of meadow management. Andrea Rickard , the UK Ladies Champion for scything, will be doing demonstrations throughout the day, and you will also have the chance to give it a go yourself.

More awards as Stewarts expand

Post date: Wed, 19/04/2017 - 11:24

Stewarts Garden Centres from Dorset have added another accolade to their impressive list of awards. The Dorset group with garden centres in Christchurch and Wimborne  have been rated the third best ‘Destination centre’ in UK and a centre of excellence. The award comes from the influential Garden Centres Association which represents nearly 200 garden centres in the UK. The passion for horticulture has been in the Stewarts family for eight  generations.  The business can be traced back to 1742.

10-a-day? No problem say Riverford

Post date: Wed, 19/04/2017 - 11:18

New research suggests we should be eating ten portions of fruit and vegetables a day to help live a longer life. To many that may sound like a lot, but Devon organic farmers and local veg box delivery scheme Riverford believe not. 

Jo and Phil Limb who deliver to customers across the county explained, “Our boxes are all about bringing the best of our fields into customers’ homes. They are a really inspiring way to cook from scratch, eat seasonally and pack a load of the green stuff into your diet.

Hare we go again!

Post date: Wed, 19/04/2017 - 10:30

 Giant hares are set to be leaping across the Cotswolds, as part of the new Trail Festival.

Eighty five-foot sculptures will be in place across 20 towns and villages, nestling in hotel lobbies, tucked into shop doorways or taking centre stage on high streets.

The trail, which launches on Saturday 25th March, will run until Sunday 10th September, and has been arranged by Florence Beetlestone.

A new look for the NGS handbook for its 90th anniversary year

Post date: Wed, 19/04/2017 - 10:23

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.

Specialist plant sales to raise funds for children

Post date: Wed, 19/04/2017 - 10:21

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.


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