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Archive for October, 2012

On Sunday I was lucky enough to go to BBC Radio Solent’s studios in Southampton with Barry and Jamie from The Green Shed. We were invited by the producer of the radio station’s gardening show ‘The Good Life’ for a live interview to talk about The Green Shed, how the project came about, and what it offers and how gardening and recycling projects are good forms of therapy. You can listen again to the show with Georgie Windsor if you follow this link: The Good Life.

Talking of therapy, this week, now that all the Christmas displays are finished and open, Louise and I have been able to get back to gardening, or rather giving gardening advice. This week it’s been on everything from how to deal with overwintering geraniums, to writing an article for The County Magazine on the alternatives to a Christmas tree – yes such a thing does exist and is very popular!!

Other news this week is that The Orangery (a beautiful oak extension to the existing Engine Room Restaurant) at Poundbury Gardens is almost ready. The team is giving it a few finishing touches ready for the launch next week. Everyone is invited to celebrate the opening; there will be a free drink for everyone, canapés, and even a free prize draw all weekend where you can enter to win some great prizes including £100 worth of Christmas decorations, £50 worth of plants, a luxury food hamper and much more. We’ll be celebrating from 5.30pm – 8.00pm and look forward to welcoming you.
Mike

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Hundreds show support

Last night hundreds of you piled through the doors of Castle Gardens for the opening of The Gardens Group biggest Christmas displays. We poured mulled wine and warmed the mince pies as quickly as we could while our Christmas team were behind the curtain putting the finishing touches to our grandest display ever – well, we think so anyway.

From Champagne and ‘Under the Sea’ to Cinderella and Elizabethan themes, this year Louise has pulled out all the stops and along with the team have a display they really should be proud of. Judging from the Garden Centre Association will be upon us before we know it, so keep your fingers crossed for Castle, Poundbury and Brimsmore as we’d love to get an award for our hard work this year.

It being our 25th year we really are going the extra mile this year; Father Christmas will be at each centre in December (see our website for times) there will be presents and grottos and that double decker bus will be back at Brimsmore. Plus….and I’m happy for you to be the first to know, real live reindeer!!!! That’s right, your eyes are not deceiving you, Cupid, Snowflake and of course Rudolph will be visiting our centres on various dates in December, so keep your eyes peeled for information.

Mike

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Yesterday we were joined by more than 30 Councillors from across Dorset as we hosted afternoon tea for the West Dorset District Council Chairman’s Civic Day. The coach arrived at Castle Gardens in the pouring rain but it didn’t deter anyone and we were greeted with a host of smiles.

Our restaurant team presented them with a selection of delicious cakes and scones in the Butterfly House, I said a few words and it seemed like a great time was had by all. It was a pleasure to host the event – here’s a selection of images from the visit.

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Well, Christmas build up has almost finished with just Castle Gardens to go this Thursday from 7.30pm. We had crowds through the door at our Christmas display open nights at both Poundbury and Brimsmore and have had some amazing comments so thank you to everyone for their support.

For those who didn’t make it to Brimsmore or Poundbury, we’ll be pleased to welcome you to Castle Gardens this Thursday for a glass of mulled wine and mince pie or two!

Mike

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Well, Christmas has well and truly arrived at Poundbury! We had crowds through the door at our Christmas display opening on Tuesday so thank you to everyone who made it. For those who didn’t make it over, fear not, below are some snaps from the evening and on Tuesday next week from 7.30pm the displays at Brimsmore Gardens will be open so head on down for a first look at the new themes and enjoy a glass of wine and first mince pie of many!

Now, back to some gardening, autumn is time to plant berries, currants, rhubarb and figs so this is when the range is at its widest. With this guide you can plan ahead and place an order for us to reserve from the fresh season’s stock as soon as it is available. We don’t stock the plants until they are ready to be moved to a new home – usually when they are dormant in autumn – so you can be sure of a great result when they wake up in the spring.

Here’s a top tip – think about planting an edible hedge or use standard redcurrants in a formal setting. Use Rootgrow to help the roots establish and these beneficial fungi will be friends for life with your plants.

Mike

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