Archive for August, 2014

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As the leaves start to change colour and the air smells fresher, we’re getting ready for autumn at all three of our garden centres. With lots of lovely new stock and a line-up of free talks throughout September, you’ll be armed with beautiful plants and accessories as well as a bounty of tips to keep your garden looking in tip-top condition right into winter.

With topics ranging from caring for ornamental trees and shrubs to what happens to wildlife throughout the winter months, we’ve got four informative and interactive talks to satisfy your winter gardening curiosity this September.

Talks start at 2:30pm and are free to attend, we look forward to seeing you.


Free talks at 2:30pm

Brimsmore Gardens

Poundbury Gardens

Castle Gardens

Caring for ornamental trees and shrubs




Plants for medicinal and culinary purposes




Winter/spring hanging basket demonstration




Caring for wildlife during winter with guest speaker




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Last Saturday at Norton Sub Hamdon Flower Show, our Brimsmore manager, Adam was handing out gardening tips and free seeds for projects at local schools. For the past three years we have been the main sponsors of this lovely local event, which celebrated its 99th year and are always delighted to be able to support and encourage such talented local horticulturalists. Our cheese and olive tasters from The Apple Tree Farm Shop were very popular too, which meant our stall was awash with friendly visitors all day. We always enjoy getting involved with these sorts of events and are very much looking forward to helping mark the show’s centenary next year.


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The Gardens Group - In the Pipeline

It’s time to dust off your dancing shoes and break out your best moves, as four-piece band, In the Pipeline play The Apple Tree Restaurant at Brimsmore Gardens, Yeovil on Saturday 6 September from 7pm, in aid of Coeliac UK. From The Eagles and The Beatles to Elton John and Fleetwood Mac, this band will have you on your feet in no time. Tickets are on sale in The Apple Tree Restaurant and Farm Shop and cost £10 each, which includes a delicious two-course gluten free meal, tips and advice sheets from Coeliac UK and samples from local gluten free suppliers,  G Free and Christine’s Puddings.

For more information or to reserve tickets, please contact Jess on 07999651463 or email jess@thegardensgroup.co.uk. To be added to our gluten free database please email grace@thegardensgroup.co.uk.



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The spring flowering bulbs are now arriving in store, which means it’ll soon be time to start planting ready for next March. Most bulbs can be planted from September onwards but for quicker results and to keep some colour as the weather turns, why not plant some Autumn Flowering Crocus, such as Colchicums, Saffron Crocus and Sternbergia, which can be planted in August for flowering in September and October.


This autumn, we’ll have a huge selection of Tulips and Daffodils along with a wide range of miscellaneous bulbs including Alliums, Bluebells, Snowdrops, Iris and Fritillaria. We will also have Hyacinths suitable for Christmas ‘forcing’, as well as varieties for beds, borders and tubs.



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