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Photo credit: Lesley Waters Cookery School in Halstock

Keen bakers will have their cakes, bakes and biscuits judged by Lesley Waters, TV chef and owner of Lesley Waters Cookery School in Halstock, who will be taking on the role of head judge at Brimsmore Gardens’ Cake Off in Yeovil.

 

Judging will start at 3pm in The Apple Tree Restaurant, as part of a special Summer Tea Party, and prizes will be awarded in each category which include Celebration Cake, Afternoon Tea Cake and Batches and Tray Bakes. After judging the cakes will be sold for £1 per slice raising money for Yeovil Community Arts Association (YCAA), a local charity run by volunteers who organise international writing competition, the Yeovil Literary Prize. Everybody is welcome to join in the celebrations with afternoon tea being served in The Apple Tree Restaurant and a raffle with a selection of great prizes to be won.

 

Mike

 

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You may have noticed the giant plant pots that have appeared outside Poundbury Gardens in recent weeks. They are now planted up with olive trees and are providing a grand entrance to The Engine Room Restaurant on the edge of Queen Mother Square. Each pot is more than 2 cubic metres and it took a staggering 190 bags of John Innes compost to fill them, which was kindly supplied by Westland Horticulture. On Friday 13 May, we were delighted to show the pots to HRH The Prince of Wales, who stopped by to admire them during his visit to Poundbury, which is a Duchy of Cornwall development. We are pleased to report that he was suitably impressed with our new addition to the garden centre and even took the time to wish us a happy birthday in our 10th year.

Mike

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On Monday 30 May, two local gardeners will do a test-run of their literature-inspired garden borders at Castle Gardens, before they enter them into the Beautiful Border Competition at BBC Gardeners’ World Live in June. With plants, materials and advice supplied by us, Elle Wilson and Julie Haylock have designed two beautiful border displays for the competition.

Elle has taken inspiration from Rudyard Kipling, with her plot representing the contrast of vivid colour and smells of India set against his personal traumas, while Julie depicts the famous Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree scene from A.A. Milne’s classic children’s books. Both Elle and Julie have done a fantastic job with their designs and we can’t wait to see them come to life for the first time on Bank Holiday Monday, before the real thing is unveiled in June.

We all wish them the very best of luck.

Mike

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