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This year we are excited to announce that freelance botanist, photographer, lecturer, author and owner of Natural History Travel, Bob Gibbons will attend the fourth awards ceremony on 1st August 6:30pm – 9pm at Castle Gardens. Bob will present the awards for the top gardens entered into the competition that we run with Dorset Wildlife Trust, and will give a topical talk on why gardening for wildlife matters. The evening will be a celebration of the ever-growing number of wildlife friendly gardens in Dorset and will hopefully inspire others to turn their gardens into wildlife havens. Gardeners and wildlife enthusiasts alike will be able to enjoy refreshments, music and a charity raffle and find out how to enter the 2014 competition.

Tickets are now on sale and are available from Castle Gardens and Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620

Mike

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Who would have thought we would have been in for such a glorious few weeks of dry weather following our blog in June about keeping our gardens well drenched? The wall-to-wall sunshine means that plants and flowers have had a great chance to grow and thrive, however the lack of rain means that it is important to spend a bit of time tending to them, whether it’s by applying mulch to preserve moisture in the soil, or soaking tubs and baskets with a dilute liquid fertiliser once a week. So to give your garden the best chance of fighting fit in the heat and avoid becoming dry and frazzled, really soak the garden well a few times a week with a hose or watering can,  this is worth much more than a little every day. If you have tubs and hanging baskets though, they will need a drench every day. Remember to water early in the morning or evening so the sun doesn’t singe leaves or flower heads.

Mike

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The summer holidays are upon us, and although this is great news for the kids, it can leave the adults feeling the pressure in terms of keeping them entertained for six weeks. So we have organised a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for 16th August at all three of our garden centres from 2:45pm – 4:30pm. Everyone is invited to this free event to eat jam tarts, win prizes for the best decorated cup-cakes and top-hats and make tea with The Mad Hatter, Alice and The White Rabbit. For the adults, we’ll be giving out a voucher for a cream tea which will be redeemable at The Walled Garden Restaurant, Castle Gardens, Sherborne in September, once the kids have gone back to school.

If the mention of a cream tea has got your mouth watering then come and spend the afternoon in The Walled Garden this Sunday, we’ll be having afternoon tea with Sherborne Town Band from 2:30pm at Castle Gardens.

Mike

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Gardeners of all ages and levels of expertise gathered at The Butterfly House at Castle Gardens on Tuesday 9th July to hear Canon Eric Woods announce the winners of Sherborne in Bloom 2013. The results were eagerly awaited by the green fingered gathering, and everyone was rewarded for their horticultural hard-work which makes Sherborne a beautiful place for residents, visitors and wildlife alike to enjoy.

There were many awards handed out, as the pictures show, including, The Green Restaurant for The Best Pub/Restaurant Floral Display, The Gryphon School for its Enterprise Day and St John ’s Almshouses for The Best Town Centre Frontage.

Mike

Winner The Town Council Shield for Best use of Allotments Gerald Miller Canon Eric Woods introduces the awards Louise Burks addresses the crowd Sherborne In Bloom 2013 Awards Ceremony Sherborne In Bloom awards 2 SIB 2013 Abbey SIB 2013 Bristol Road SIB 2013 Bus Station SIB 2013 old toilets SIB 2013 Police Station SIB 2013 Train Station Team Sherborne in Bloom 2013 Thank you for Gryphon School Enterprise Day, Alison Extance, Tommy Cuff and Dan Muckley Thank You to Sherborne Town Council - Alex Bartlett and Ade Pitman Winner Anthony Vosper The Commissar of Cleansing Winner Best overall Use of allotments Harbour way, Mr James Murfy Winner Best overall Use of allotments joint first kimberly Yeo and Les Gold (on behalf of J Pedder) Winner best overall use of allotments Lenthay Road John Andrews Winner Best overall use of Allotments Westbridge Park Ms georgina Rowland Winner Best pubrestaurant Floral Display The Green Winner Best Town Centre Frontage, St Johns Almshouse Winner Best Use of Allotments McCreery Road, Gerald Miller Winner James Murfy Best use of allotments Harbour Way Winner Julie Walton Volunteer of the Year Winner Stop the Litter Campaign, Mike Keatinge and Caroline Dennis

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New in to the greenhouse at Castle Gardens are these fantastic tiny orchids. We’re calling them Living Fridge Magnets as they come with a magnet so you can sit them on your fridge – get yours quick as they’re selling like hot cakes!

Tony

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