There’s still time for teachers, parents and guardians to register for the next Flower Show Forum on Thursday 30 March at Castle Gardens. Come along and join your local gardening clubs and horticultural societies and find out about the free pot scheme for schools.

One of the central aims of the Flower Show Forum is to help gardening clubs and schools connect and work together. We really hope that the pot scheme will get new conversations started, which will then lead to new relationships being built and budding gardeners being inspired to get involved. By engaging with the next generation, we want to ensure that the traditional flower show remains a firm fixture of the summer calendar in villages and towns for many years to come.

Flower Show Forum, Thursday 30 March, 6:30pm.  Register by emailing thegoldclub@thegardensgroup.co.uk.


Here’s a gallery from our wonderful fornight of celebrations at Brimsmore Gardens. Thank you to everyone who came and helped us celebrate over the two weeks.


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While Brimsmore Gardens has been celebrating its 25th anniversary this week, there has been even more good news for all three of our restaurants. The Walled Garden, The Apple Tree and The Engine Room have each received confirmation that they’ve passed the Food Standards Agency Food Hygiene Rating with flying colours, receiving a rating of 5 out of 5 across the board. With only 60% of food businesses achieving the highest score, something we aim for a minimum benchmark, we thought this was worth celebrating!

From the chefs to front of house, the entire team work really hard to give our customers the best possible experience, so we are delighted that this dedication is reflected in our scores.


Orchid Day

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Back by popular demand, Ian Parsons, former Vice Chairman of the British Orchid Council and President of the South West Orchid Society, will return to all three of our garden centres this March with more advice and tips about caring for orchids. As well as holding a clinic from 10am – 4pm, Ian will also be giving two free 40 minute talks at 11am and 2pm on maintaining orchid health, encouraging repeat flowering as well as the tricky business re potting.


Orchid Days

Poundbury Gardens – Saturday 4 March

Brimsmore Gardens – Saturday 11 March

Castle Gardens – Saturday 18 March


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Jams are setting, chutneys are mellowing to perfection and bread making skills are being honed, as contenders prepare for the Yeovil Community Arts Association Baking and Making competition. Everyone is welcome to put their creations forward, so it’s not too late to enter and have yours  judged by celebrity chef, Lesley Waters, on Tuesday 14 March.

There’s only one week to go until entry closes for this exciting culinary contest, so if you haven’t got your entries in yet, download the entry form here.

Good luck!



As we gear up for the next Flower Show Forum at the end of March, I wanted to share an inspiring story about the success of Longburton Garden Club’s members, who revived their Flower and Produce Show after more than a decade, following the initial Flower Show Forum in 2016.

After deciding that they wanted to relaunch the village show, the members attended the Forum and found that it gave them the tools they needed to run a successful show. The community of knowledgeable individuals involved, including the Royal Horticultural Society’s Affiliated Societies, all willingly offered support and advice along the way, giving them confidence in relaunching the show after 10 years. The day was a huge success and the Longburton Flower and Produce Show will return on Saturday 19 August 2017.

The whole idea of the Flower Show Forum is to identify ways to inspire more people to take an interest in gardening and keep the traditional flower show alive, so I was delighted to discover that we helped Longburton Garden Club get its show back on track. One of the key findings at the Forum was the need to entice younger people and less experienced gardeners in with alternative categories, and this is exactly what Christine and her team did. By involving local art and craft groups, the organisers made the event inclusive and accessible for the whole community.

The next Flower Show Forum will be held at Castle Gardens in Sherborne, Dorset on Thursday 30 March from 6:30pm. This third forum, which is free to attend, will look to initiate a new relationship between schools and their local gardening clubs with the announcement of a new free pot scheme for local schools.


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One of the aims of the award-winning Flower Show Forum is to approach local schools and invite them to get involved with their local garden clubs and for the clubs to help with school gardening projects. This exciting new pot scheme initiative, which will be launched at the upcoming Flower Show Forum at Castle Gardens on Thursday 30 March, will look to initiate a new relationship between schools and their local gardening clubs.

Join us in The Butterfly House from 6:30pm and find out more and discover innovative ways to grow for your local flower show.