Brave the Shave

On Saturday 20 August, Helen Green from Yeovil will be letting her children shave her hair off at Brimsmore Gardens in aid of Macmillan. Helen has already exceeded her target of £350 and is hoping to raise more tomorrow as people gather to watch her Brave the Shave!

There will be cake on sale from 3pm and Helen will be having her hair shaved off at 3:30pm. We would like to wish Helen the best of luck in this courageous effort to raise awareness and funds for such a wonderful cause.

For more information and to make a donation, please visit bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/helen-green.



Bug Hotel

From big tops and fancy dress to creepy crawlies and making miniature gardens, we’ve got plenty of free activities to keep the whole family entertained during the summer holidays. Whether it’s getting better acquainted with mini beasts, learning circus skills or creating a garden inside a container, everyone is welcome to join in with the fun!


FREE summer events at The Gardens Group

Children’s ‘Circus of the Sun’ Summer Fancy Dress Party – Friday 12 August, 2pm-4pm at all three garden centres.

Summer BBQ – Saturday 13 August, 11am – 5pm at The Apple Tree Restaurant at Brimsmore Gardens.

Miniature Garden Workshop – Saturday 20 August, 11am-12pm & 2pm-3pm at Castle Gardens.

Bugfest – Saturday 20 August, 2pm-5pm at Brimsmore Gardens.




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We have been inundated with great news over the past few weeks, with award after award being announced. These achievements always give us a real boost and represent a huge combined effort from the whole team, across all three centres.

Garden Centre Association – Wales and West

Brimsmore Gardens:

First place in the Environmental Opportunities category


Garden Centre Association – South Thames

Poundbury Gardens:

Fifth place in the restaurant awards

Castle Gardens:

Second place in Most Improved category

Third place in Customer Service category

Fourth place in Community and Environment category

Fifth place in Outdoor Living category

Overall fifth in the region (which is the largest in the GCA)


Taste of the West Hospitality and Retail Awards 2016

The Apple Tree Restaurant – Gold (third year in a row)

The Apple Tree Farm Shop – Gold (fourth year in a row)

The Engine Room Restaurant – Silver


A big well done to the whole team!



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On Thursday 21 July, Dorset’s most wildlife friendly gardens were honoured at Castle Gardens. Dorset Wildlife Trust’s annual Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition, which is sponsored by The Gardens Group, saw 43 entries this year, from schools, visitor centres and tourist attractions around the county. A new category was added in 2016 for rented accommodation, to promote the idea that everyone can provide a more welcoming habitat for wildlife, without necessarily making structural changes to the garden.


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We enjoy nothing more than supporting young growers, especially when they come up with innovative and eco-friendly ideas for planting seeds. Poundbury Gardens is very excited to announce that that it will be selling Garden Grenades, which have been developed by pupils at Damers First School in the Eco Force Club and Entrepreneur Club.

After researching what people enjoy growing, the Garden Grenade pioneers set about designing their own eco-friendly packaging to put the wildflower seed bombs in, using the school’s recycled paper. They even came up with their own fantastic slogan, ‘Just plant and watch them bloom’.

The Garden Grenades are £2 per packet and all the money made will be going back into buying solar power iPad chargers for the classroom, as well as items for the school garden. You will also find the children running a stall at the Dorset Food and Arts Festival on Saturday 6 August.

To top it all off, the Eco Force Club at Damers First School has been announced as the Best Group in the National Virgin Fiver Competition, coming out on top among 736 other Primary Schools.


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Our kitchen and front of house team at The Engine Room Restaurant deserve a huge pat on the back for their continued hard work, which has led to us being awarded Silver in the Taste of the West Hospitality and Retail Awards 2016. Up against stiff competition from around the region in the Restaurant category, the judges described The Engine Room as a “well patronised restaurant” and commended us for our “friendly and welcoming staff and delightful desserts.”

This is a fantastic result for the whole team and has given us all a real boost!


Horizon Art Exhibition


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