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On Monday it was Damers First School’s turn to receive their pepper plants for our new Young Grower of the Year competition. Lucy from Poundbury Gardens delivered the pre-potted bell pepper plant for class Blue 4 and each child in the year group was invited to collect their own free pepper growing kit from the garden centre which includes a pot, seeds and compost. The kits have been flying off the shelves with pupils now growing their own peppers at home for the chance to be crowned Young Grower of the Year.

On Tuesday 14 July, during Poundbury Gardens’ Chilli Pepper Festival, the plants will be judged by Lucy, who will be looking for the healthiest plant and assessing the number, size and colour of the peppers. The winner will receive The Gardens Group’s Young Grower of the Year trophy.

We wish all of the pupils the best of luck and look forward to seeing the fruits of their labours.

Mike

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With garden-themed cocktails, live music from a band of young Thomas Hardye students, Jungle Telegraph and a brand new locally sourced seasonal menu, The Engine Room’s #Pullupachair spring festival went off with a bang on Saturday. The whole menu was available from 10am – 10pm and customers were able to enjoy as much as they wanted for just £10. People flocked from as far as Bath to sample our new menu, which champions the finest local producers, butchers and farmers, while Kelly’s garden-themed Grasshopper cocktail proved very popular for those lucky enough not to have the car keys.

The Engine Room Restaurant is open Monday – Saturday from 9am – 6pm and Sunday 10:30am – 4:30pm.

Mike

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Lepidopterists of all ages are welcome to join us over the next two weekends to see what our in-house moth enthusiast, Steve catches in his overnight moth traps. The first free Moth Day is on Saturday 21 March at Brimsmore Gardens in Yeovil and if the dry weather holds and we have minimal wind, he hopes to capture specimens from five different species. As well as studying the species that are caught, there will be plenty of caterpillar pictures, fact sheets and children’s activities.

Moth Day is free to attend and will take place at each garden centre from 10am – 4pm on the following dates.

Brimsmore Gardens – 21 March 2015

Poundbury Gardens – 22 March 2015

Castle Gardens – 28 March 2015

For more information about making your garden a welcoming environment for moths and identifying different species, please contact Stephen Fry on 01963 814633.

Mike

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Pupils in reception class at Huish Primary Scool with Alexa and Mary small

On Friday, Alexa from Brimsmore Gardens visited Huish Primary School in Yeovil to tell pupils all about our new Young Grower of the Year competition. As well as delivering pre-potted bell pepper plants for the classroom, each child in the year group was invited to collect their own free pepper growing kit from the garden centre, which includes a pot, seeds and compost – so that they can grow their own peppers at home for the chance to be crowned Young Grower of the Year.

On Wednesday 8 July, the plants will be judged by Alexa, who will be looking for the healthiest plant and assessing the number, size and colour of the peppers. The winner will receive The Gardens Group’s Young Grower of the Year trophy.

The great thing about this competition is that you don’t need a huge garden to grow the peppers, as a sunny window sill can produce the most delicious and juicy peppers. With so many vegetable varieties to choose from, we really hope this competition inspires families to experiment with other edible plants and enjoy this hugely rewarding hobby together.

We wish all of the pupils the best of luck and look forward to seeing the fruits of their labours.

Mike

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To launch the new locally sourced seasonal menu at The Engine Room Restaurant at Poundbury Gardens, we are holding a rather unique event on Saturday 21 March from 10am – 10pm. The idea is that you can #Pullupachair in The Engine Room for the entire day and order as much as you like from our new menu for just £10. With the entire breakfast, lunch and afternoon menu on offer throughout the day, local musicians to entertain you and garden-themed cocktails on sale, this is set to be a spring feast to remember.

To book please contact Jess Mitchell on 07974426807 or email jess@thegardensgroup.co.uk.

Mike

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Orchids are stunning plants, but can often be hard to care for, as they have very specific requirements. With this in mind, we have invited Ian Parsons, former Vice Chairman of the British Orchid Council and President of the South West Orchid Society, to come and offer some free advice and tips at Brimsmore Gardens on Saturday 7 March and Castle Gardens on Saturday 14 March. From potting and growing to feeding and nurturing, Ian will be on hand to offer guidance throughout each workshop and will be giving two 40 minute talks at 11am and 2pm on the tricky business of re potting orchids.

Mike

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