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You may remember a few weeks back we were cultivating lavender and marguerites for Plankbridge to take to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and add the finishing touches to its shepherd’s hut exhibit. We wanted to share some of the images of the hut at the UK’s leading flower show – Jane and Richard will be there until Saturday 24 May.

 

Mike

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We’ve got a whole host of events, parties and talks at each of our garden centres this summer. With a Gluten Free Coffee Morning kicking things off at Brimsmore Gardens on Tuesday 17 June, Bee Weekend on 12 – 13 July at Poundbury and Dorset Wildlife Friendly Gardening Awards at Castle Gardens on Wednesday 16 July, there really is something for everyone. Kids and big kids are invited to our Pirates and Mermaids Summer Party, which will take place at each of our garden centres on Friday 15 August from 2:30 – 4:00pm.

Don’t miss our summer free talks which will take place at Brimsmore Gardens on Tuesday, Poundbury Gardens on Wednesday and Castle Gardens on Friday, starting Tuesday 12 August until Friday 25 September. You can find more information on our summer event leaflets which are at the tills of our garden centres and on our website here. http://www.thegardeneronline.co.uk/factsheets.asp

 

Mike

 

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If your garden it teaming with wildlife habitats and you haven’t yet entered this year’s Dorset Wildlife Trust Wildlife Friendly Gardening Awards, there is still time. The deadline for entries is on Monday 19 May and judging will take place throughout June. Entry forms and guidance notes can be picked up for free from our garden centres, online www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/wildlifegardening, or by contacting Joy Wallis on 01305 264620, email jwallis@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

 

This year’s awards ceremony will be held at Castle Gardens on Wednesday 16 July and we’re lucky enough to have Dr Lionel Smith from Reading University coming along to talk about grass-free lawns and hand out those all important prizes for the best gardens.

 

Mike

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Last May we donated two pots of Narcissus Sherborne to Sherborne Abbey, which had been bred by ex president of the Blandford and District Horticultural Society JW Blanchard from Shillingtstone. So I was delighted when I attended a meeting at the society last week to give a talk on gardening trends, to see a table full of the stunning double daffodils, which had been lovingly cultivated by its members. I was asked to judge the entries as we donated 30 bulbs back in the winter. The challenge was on for the members to grow them in time for my visit on Thursday 24 April. Miss R Bell from Blandford was crowned winner for her beautifully tall and vibrant entry and was presented with a first prize certificate and a bottle of wine.

 

Mike

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