Archive for December, 2012

Well it’s almost time to say goodbye to 2012 and what a year it has been, we’ve celebrated Birthdays, extended the restaurant at Poundbury, raised money for charity, planted pots for a Royal Jubilee visit by Her Majesty the Queen to Sherborne, and welcomed some lovely new gardeners and some very experienced green fingers to our garden centres. Thank you to all our customers, and of course our team, for such a memorable year.

Now’s the time to look forward to a New Year and we’ve already got some exciting things planned. Our Christmas sale starts on 27th December (were open normal times from 27th to 31st December) and we’re open on New Year’s Day at all three centres from 10am to 5pm. In January we’re bringing back our hot drink and cake offers and on 25th January our clearance sale begins.

Not only will we have some great offers for you to welcome in the New Year, but we’re also hosting a series of spring talks and events, like willow weaving and art workshops at Castle Gardens and Orchid workshops in January and February at all three centres. For further information click here or ask in store.

Happy New Year to everyone and here’s to a successful 2013!

Mike, Louise, James, Adam and all the whole team at The Gardens Group

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Christmas and New Year Opening Times at Castle Gardens, Brimsmore Gardens and Poundbury Gardens

Christmas Eve: 9am to 5pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: Closed
27th – 31st December: 9am to 5pm
New Year’s Day: 10am to 5pm
2nd January onwards: 9am to 6pm

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You may remember that a few months ago we shared some gardening tips with you from one of our customers Barbara, who worked wonders with her small front garden. Well, Barbara’s been in touch again updating us on her winter gardening activities, here she is with some advice on how to create this beautiful winter hanging basket.

‘I bought some strong green wire and made a circle out of it and then wrapped lovely dark green ivy, which had lots of long ends, around the wire. I then lined the basket with moss and planted three beautiful red cyclamen and positioned the hoop of ivy behind them.

As it is by my front door it can stand quite cold nights but I have rigged up something I can cover it with if the forecast predicts low temperatures – I think the cyclamen should last well. The whole thing looks wonderfully Christmassy and while watching a TV programme on Claridge’s Hotel in London it is all about dark green leaved plants and red cyclamen at this time of year.”

Barbara from Sherborne

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This week saw the start of our Christmas activities, kicking off on Thursday with the first of our late-night festive shopping evenings at Poundbury Gardens. Guests were treated to mince pies and mulled wine as they browsed the Christmas decorations and many finished with a warming bowl of soup and a sandwich in the Engine Room. Tonight (Friday), Jack and Benny will be performing with a festive twist in the Engine Room and there will be an à la carte menu.

Next week we’re really getting into the swing of things. Real LIVE reindeer will be at Brimsmore Gardens for the late-night shopping evening on Tuesday and Father Christmas will be in his grotto (Ruby the big red bus, of course), plus you can have dinner in The Apple Tree Restaurant for just £5, from 4.30pm until 8.30pm on Tuesday 11th December.

Father Christmas will be at Castle Gardens from Wednesday, and on Thursday the garden centre will be open until 9pm for its first festive shopping evening. Phew!
Not only is all this going on but we now have a full selection of real Christmas Trees ready for you to collect, from the luxuriant Nordman Fir to the traditional Norway Spruce and a huge range of houseplants from cyclamen, poinsettias, orchids and more…and not forgetting our award-winning display of Christmas decorations.
The Gardens Group – spreading some festive cheer this Christmas!


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