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Over the bank holiday weekend, Poundbury Gardens welcomed artists from the area to be part of the fourth annual Big Picture, which this year was a version of Canaletto’s 1748 painting of the Thames pageant – in honour of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Year and the wonderful pageant that was watched by millions around the world.

Artists showed up to paint amongst the plants in the Garden Centre and they worked towards creating an 18ft piece of artwork. The project involved 36 canvasses, which were painted simultaneously by different artists with different styles, before being joined together to form The Big Picture and displayed in the Engine Room.

Here’s a gallery of the artists at work and some of the final masterpiece.

Thanks to everyone who took part and see you with your brushes in hand next year

James

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25 has been a very special number this year for all of us at The Gardens Group. It was in 1987 that the first of our garden centres was established and 25 years on, we’re still blossoming and growing at Castle, Brimsmore and Poundbury Gardens.

Needless to say, this summer has been somewhat significant, as it has marked our 25 year anniversary at Castle Gardens as well as 20 years of the Gold Club and Brimsmore Gardens, and what a summer it has been! Aside from our own Apple Tree Farm shop winning the ‘Best Farm Shop’ Award in the Garden Centre Association Awards – we’ve hosted and displayed some fantastic art pieces for Sherborne community group Rendezvous, welcomed a historic train to The Green Shed and have delighted customers with our model train display. Despite all this, we’ve managed to find a few minutes to organise a BIG SUMMER SALE.

The sale takes place this weekend at all three of our garden centres and runs until Sunday, and I can’t think of a better date to set it on. During the weekend we’ll wave goodbye to the summer and welcome the autumn with a huge new range of spring flowering bulbs, lawn treatments and loads of tips and advice on what can be done in the garden.

It’ll be your last chance to get your hands on barbecue bargains and accessories and you can purchase garden furniture to catch the last of the summer sun so don’t miss out.

Mike

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We’ve had a number of things to celebrate this week – like our very own Apple Tree Farm Shop being awarded Best Farm Shop (Wales & The West) in the 2012 Garden Centre Association (GCA) Awards, which really delighted Cath and the rest of the team. You can read more about it at http://www.gca.org.uk. Listening to what customers want is really important to everyone at the Apple Tree Farm Shop. Finding new local producers and sourcing the very best food and drink is what they do every day – and often local producers come along to give tastings of their products and chat about what they do. The shop now stocks a range of gluten-free foods too – again, in direct response to customer requests. It seems like everyone’s hard work has now paid off – so congratulations to the whole team.

Meanwhile, The Green Shed at Castle Gardens received delivery of a much-loved model train named ‘The Mallard’. It was originally made in the workshop at Sherborne’s Coldharbour Hospital in the early 1970s – since then it has been enjoyed by everyone at St Paul’s local playgroup and many other members of the community – including one person who now attends The Green Shed. Barry organised a big celebration when it arrived and many people from the community came along to see it in its new home. The Mallard will add something special to the atmosphere at The Green Shed and bring back many happy memories to members of the team.

Mike

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We’ve welcomed local community group Rendezvous to The Butterfly House this week and they’ll be with us until 20th August so come up and see them – they have on display a huge selection of art in various different styles from local artists, photographers and school children.

As well as an impressive display, which by the way is free to come and see, Rendezvous are also holding a charity art draw. There are 128 pieces of art up for grabs, some of value and others mark the beginning of what could be the start of a great career for a ten year old so could be worth something in the future. It’s luck of the draw, each ticket costs £15 and on 20th August they will reveal which ticket belongs to each piece of art.  Definitely worth a gamble!

Also, if you haven’t already been over, then do come and see the wild flower meadow in our car park – it was created by our local hero and wildlife expert Clive Farrell. It’s in full bloom at the moment with beautiful shades of orange, red and yellow swaying over the mixed grasses. It’s doing a great job of livening up the car park and the wildlife have already paid several trips to gather food – it is basically a wildlife pantry or you could say our new ‘drive through’!

Mike

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Model Trains

This week our model trains display has been up and weaving its way round the river and over the bridge. Adults from the Green Shed were kind enough to make us some extra houses for the display and even fashioned a boat out of old plant boxes.

Edible Flowers and Petals starts this weekend and runs till 12 August at Castle Gardens. There will be lots of tips, displays and advice on growing your own and advice on what to do with pretty petals, plus recipes and edible seed mixes to buy so we’ll see you there.

Mike

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