Archive for June, 2012

This week the team at Castle Gardens has been out and about in Sherborne assisting students from the Gryphon School in the town during their Community Action Day.

We donated our time, plants and resources in order to brighten up the town and allow a day out of the classroom for some year nine students from The Gryphon.

Here are a few snaps of the teams at work.



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The Twits

Saturday 30 June The Twits by open-air theatre company, Illyria – bring a picnic and a rug to sit on in our Walled Garden. Tickets available from Castle Gardens

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A picnic, a rug and a sense of humour – bring them along on Saturday, June 30th to watch The Twits – performed by open air theatre company Illyria in the Walled Garden at Castle Gardens, Sherborne.

Tickets are available from Castle Gardens, New Road, Sherborne Dorset, DT9 5NR tel: 01935 814633


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It might be wet and miserable outside but we’re not going to let it dampen (excuse the pun) our spirits. We’re busy planning our Father’s Day and BBQ weekend events which will take place on Saturday 16th & 17th June at Brimsmore and Castle Gardens – we’ll be firing up the barbie and serving fresh local sausages and there is even a free pint for all the deserving dads that head our way. We’ve got a BBQ draw which is free to enter and could mean you taking away a Weber Smokey Joe BBQ and pack of local sausages from the Apple Tree Farm Shop.

If you think your Dad, like me, has a wardrobe fit to bursting with colourful shirts and ties and has enough ‘World’s Best Dad’ mugs to last a lifetime then why not think a little different this year. We’ve got a fully stocked lifestyle department including outdoor bars, grills, tools and accessories. Table sets and chimeneas, not to mention fruit trees, vegetable plants and raised beds to keep him busy all summer.

This week the tickets for our wildlife awards are now available to buy, TV Gardener and Horticulturist Toby Buckland will be giving a talk and presenting the awards. Ticket numbers are limited and all proceeds are going to charity so make sure you don’t miss out.


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Summer sorted

Today marks the start of a series of summer events in our garden centres and we’re kicking things off during Dorset Arts Week with a free display in our Butterfly House until the 10th June. We will of course be following tradition with some red, white and blue displays and offers this weekend in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee so make sure you pop your head round the door.

We then move forward to three months of events, talks, fundraisers and promotions which will take place throughout June, July and August – a timetable of events can be viewed here. 

Some highlights coming up include a talk from Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat. Joanne will be in the Butterfly House talking about her new book ‘Peaches for Monsieur le Cure’ and it is all thanks to the Sherborne Literary Society organisers of the event. We’ll then be welcoming Illyria back to our Walled Garden for performances of The Twits and Henry V, and in July the third annual Wildlife Friendly Gardening Awards will be taking place in a marquee in our Walled Garden with guest speaker and TV gardener Toby Buckland. Lots of reasons to come and see us!

We hope you all have a wonderful Jubilee weekend and we look forward to welcoming you all over the summer months.



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