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.
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.
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.
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.