Archive for March, 2013


Castle Gardens, Brimsmore Gardens, Poundbury Gardens and the Apple Tree Farm Shop at Brimsmore Gardens will be OPEN from 9am until 6pm on Friday 29, Saturday 30 and Monday 1 April and CLOSED on Sunday 31.

The Walled Garden, Apple Tree and Engine Room Restaurants will be OPEN from 9.30am until 5pm on Friday 29, Saturday 30 and Monday 1 April, CLOSED on Sunday 31.

The Engine Room Restaurant is OPEN as usual on Friday and Saturday evening

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Last week for the Greenfingers charity we wheeled a barrow around the Dorset and Somerset countryside between the Gardens Group centres for the Big Push (total amount raised will be announced soon!). I took part with a section of each leg and as we crossed fields on footpaths I was struck by how badly damaged the soil is on farmland. The same will be true in our gardens too. The rainfall of 2012 has caused this. The surface of the soil will have been damaged by the physical battering of torrential rain, a certain amount of topsoil will have been washed away and also the soil will have been drowning as it has been waterlogged in many cases for so long.

This all will have caused problems and we will start to see the evidence in the next few weeks as the gardens come back to life. To help your soil, dig in lots of humus such as garden compost, rotted farm manure, composted bark and the like. If digging is causing a mess or if you just want a method that needs less energy, then just lay a 2 – 3 inch depth of such material on the surface so that worms and woodlice and friends will start to drag it into the soil.

It won’t be a quick solution but in time the soil structure will return to a healthy state, as long as we get a normal spring and summer that is!



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Well, The Big Push for Garden Re-Leaf 2013 is done and what a huge success it was – thank you to everyone involved. We’re busy totting up the last few donations so pop next week to find out how much our teams have raised for Greenfingers charity pushing our bright wheelbarrows between Sherborne, Yeovil and Poundbury. For now, here are a few highlights…


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Join us for our Spring Wedding Display which takes place this Saturday and Sunday in The Butterfly House at Castle Gardens. Use it as an opportunity to meet your local wedding specialists or simply to pick up some ideas for your big day.

There’ll be displays from wedding and reception venues including Sherborne Castle, The Eastbury Hotel and Leigh Village Hall plus ideas for your big day from Cheese Wedding Cakes from The Apple Tree Farmshop, The Wedding Photographer, Simon Farmer Wedding Cars, TJ Events, Abbey Brides, Mabbs Outfitters, Bespoke, Filigrana Wedding Cakes and Occasions Flowers.
Let them help turn your dream into reality!


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