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This October, The Engine Room restaurant at Poundbury Gardens will be filled with beautiful paintings by Ruth Ander, Madeleine Preston, Kuhla Shine and Mart Tebbs, four fantastic Dorset artists who each have their own unique style. This month-long contemporary and engaging exhibition will showcase their varied works, from delicate, translucent drifts of colour on tissue paper and semi-sculptural paintings, to colourful abstract impressions inspired by West Dorset and imaginative recreations of the natural world.

The exhibition is free to attend and will open at 7:00pm on Thursday 2 until Friday 31 October.

Mike

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Christmas at The Gardens Group 2013

…At The Gardens Group anyway, as it’s that time of year again when our much anticipated and award-winning Christmas displays are due to be revealed. Behind the scenes, Louise and her team are covertly building partition walls, labelling baubles and assembling top secret displays ready to unveiled this October at our three open evenings. This year each of our garden centres is going that extra mile to give our visitors the ultimate Christmas experience, so you can expect roast chestnuts, mince pies and warm mead to enjoy on your way round the festive wonderland.

 

Christmas display open evenings:

Poundbury Gardens, Dorchester – Thursday 2 October 2014

Brimsmore Gardens, Yeovil – Thursday 9 October 2014

Castle Gardens, Sherborne – Friday 17 October 2014

Doors open at 6:30pm and the ribbon will be cut to unveil the Christmas displays at 7:30pm.

Mike

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Last Saturday our Apple Tree Restaurant in Yeovil was transformed into a live music venue for an evening of classic tracks, dancing and food in aid of Coeliac UK. The event sold out well in advance and we raised more than £225 for Coeliac UK, which will go towards the fantastic work they do in support of people with the autoimmune condition, Coeliac disease.

Not only did we have local live band In the Pipeline playing covers of The Beatles, Elton John and Fleetwood Mac, a two course gluten meal was also served, Christine’s Puddings provided tasty gluten free samples and Eileen Mitchel from Coeliac UK’s Dorchester branch was on hand with information and fact sheets. Everyone had a great time and it was great to hear people’s compliments about how refreshing it was to go out for the evening and not have to worry what they were eating.

We will certainly be hosting more events like this in future, so if you’d like to be kept up to date with our gluten free events, offers and news then please email your details to Cath Collin at cath@thegardensgroup.co.uk.

Mike

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It has been an exciting year for a keen moth-spotter, with so many caterpillars and moths emerging at each of our garden centres, especially back in July when we spent three solid days collecting and spotting for Living Records. Out of the hundreds that we identified, one particular variety stood out from the crowd, none other than the elusive Buff tip. At first we saw teams of little green ‘wriggly things’ working together to eat leaves on some of our specimen birch trees and it wasn’t long before they had grown to about the length of my finger and were feeding alone, merrily stripping through the foliage. The full size caterpillars will soon be found in all sorts of odd places as they seek somewhere to overwinter and I can’t wait to see them transform into the brilliantly disguised Buff tip moths.

I am also really looking forward to discovering more native and immigrant moths this October at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Kingcombe Centre. The five day course will see us searching the beautiful ancient grassland and coastline around Kingcombe for as many varieties of special autumn moths as we can find – and with any luck we’ll catch sight of the infamous Blair’s Wainscot.

Steve

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