Archive for September, 2015

Chris Beardshaw blog

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Over the past two weeks, the Butterfly House at Castle Gardens has been hosting a photo shoot for the Chiappa sisters’ new cookbook, which is out next spring. The sisters have a reputation for combining Italian flavour, British style and family life when creating their recipes, and have filled the Butterfly House with a huge array of props, from enamel pots and vintage crockery to colourful linens and reclaimed chairs – we’ll certainly miss the gorgeous cooking aromas wafting into the garden centre!

We can’t wait to get hold of the book in spring, but in the meantime, we were allowed into the shoot for a peak at what’s to come. We’ll keep you posted.



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Brimsmore roof

If you’ve visited Brimsmore over the past two weeks, you may well have noticed that the green house has been cordoned off while we have the roof replaced. The greenhouse is one of the main areas that we use for the Christmas displays and this year it should be much warmer in there as the new roof is fully insulated.

Our new roof will be ready by the end of September, but you’ll have to wait until the Christmas display opening on Thursday 8 October to see it in all its glory!


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… To 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. While Louise and her team are covertly building partition walls, labelling baubles and assembling top secret displays ready to unveiled this October, here’s a look back at last year’s award-winning displays.

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Christmas display open evenings:

Poundbury Gardens, Dorchester – Thursday 1 October 2015 from 7:30pm

Brimsmore Gardens, Yeovil – Thursday 8 October 2015 from 7:30pm

Castle Gardens, Sherborne – Friday 16 October 2015 from 7:30pm

Any guesses what this year’s theme will be?

See you there!


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