Archive for July, 2014

The Gardens Group - butterflies

Now that school’s out for the summer, we’ve got a whole host of free activities at each of our garden centres to keep your children out of mischief. Don’t miss our Moths and Butterflies Day next week at Brimsmore Gardens on Tuesday 29 July, Poundbury Gardens on Wednesday 30 July and Castle Gardens on Thursday 31 July. Each event is free to attend, with activities includng face painting, moth and butterfly detecting and talks from Dorset Wildlife Trust.

Later in the summer we’ll host our summer fancy dress party with pirates and mermaids as the theme on Friday 15 August. Gardeners of all ages will be welcome to climb aboard the pirate ship in their finest costumes, hunt for treasure and listen to legends of the sea.

If that’s not enough to the keep the little scallywags entertained, we’ll also be running an activity area at each of the centres throughout the summer holidays, with quizzes, games and weekly prizes. And if your children are already counting down the days until Christmas, Brimsmore Gardens will also be running a competition inviting children and big kids to design the train set for this year’s Christmas display.

Have a great summer!


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The Gardens Group - Pirates of Penzance

Tomorrow night the walled garden at Castle Gardens will be the perfect backdrop for Illyria’s performance of Pirates of Penzance. This Gilbert and Sullivan classic has been given the Illyria treatment and will be performed by its reduced cast. Get ready for an evening of laughter, music and fantastic entertainment.

The show will start at 7:30pm and the doors will open at 6:30pm, so feel free to bring along blankets and a picnic, sit back and enjoy an evening under the stars.

Tickets are available to buy online or at the door on the night.


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Christmas spuds

The Gardens Group - Charlotte Seed Potatoes

It may only be July, but if you are partial to a waxy new potato on Christmas day, then now is the time to get planting those Charlotte summer seed potatoes. There’s no need to ‘chit’ and you’ll have your first crop by September. They’re a reliable salad variety, delicious hot or cold, and for a longer lasting supply, simply lift them out before the onset of frost, store in boxes of multipurpose compost and use as required… on Christmas day for one!


If you have a slightly smaller garden, you can still enjoy these delicious home grown spuds. Simply plant in a patio bag (or other suitable container) and allow the tubers to develop. Let the haulms (stems) die down and place the container in a frost free environment, such as a shed or a greenhouse, allowing the compost to dry. Now you can empty the bag as and when required.


Now in stock at all three of our garden centres and available in packs of five tubers for £3.






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