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Alpine Garden Society – plant sale delights

Post date: Mon, 13/02/2017 - 11:48

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.

Bernaville Christmas trees direct from Loch Ness

Post date: Wed, 14/12/2016 - 11:47

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.

Pre Christmas tickets offer savings for Powderham festival

Post date: Wed, 30/11/2016 - 16:17

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.

Christmas at RHS Rosemoor

Post date: Wed, 30/11/2016 - 16:15

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.

Westonbirt Arboretum wows with festive illuminations

Post date: Wed, 30/11/2016 - 16:13

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).

“I had a wonderful time, and spoilt myself with plants and other goodies”

Post date: Thu, 05/05/2016 - 11:19

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.

Hillside retreat garden opens for NGS

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 09:41

For the last 25 years business woman Dame Alison Carnwath and partner Peter Thompson have been working on a garden around their secluded hillside retreat, just outside the East Devon village of Sidbury. This year the six acre garden at The Old Dairy, Sidbury will be open to the public for the NGS over the weekend of 4th and 5th of June.

Pocket park for Taunton

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 09:40

Taunton is set to get its own pocket park after a successful bid for Government funding. Pocket parks are small areas of inviting public and garden space where people can enjoy relief from the hustle and bustle of city streets

A sum of £15,000 will go towards creating a new play area called the Cage at Blackthorn Gardens, as well as improving existing facilities.

Somerset Art Works said: “Following a successful art and gardening project with local families and young people last summer we were delighted that our bid was successful.”



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