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Julie Haylock collageLast week we received the fantastic news that local garden designer, Julie Haylock, was awarded Gold for her depiction of A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh and the Honey Tree at BBC Gardeners’ World Live, which was held at the NEC in Birmingham. Julie’s design, which we sponsored, scooped her the top award in the Beautiful Border category, as well as a Special Achievement Award for the Best Interpretation of a Theme.

This is a wonderful achievement for Julie, who has recently completed a Diploma in Garden Design at Kingston Maurward College, and will be a great boost for her as she starts her career in garden design. Her choice of plants and props were carefully chosen to recreate this classic scene, and I am delighted that her skill and creativity were recognised in this prestigious competition.

Better still, the good news kept coming, as Elle Wilson from Milborne Port, who we also sponsored, was awarded a Silver for her Rudyard Kipling-inspired border design, The Glory of the Garden.

Mike

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On Thursday 9 June, The Apple Tree Restaurant was taken over by catering students from Yeovil College. Using The Apple Tree Farm Shop as a larder, the kitchen and front of house teams pulled together to give the diners a special evening and the food was of a very high standard.

These students really excelled at running a professional kitchen and we look forward to welcoming them again soon.

Mike

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Brew It Yourself by the Two Thirsty Gardeners

Whether you have a huge garden or a tiny space on the window sill, are a green thumbed veteran or a gardening novice, we want to hear which edible plants you enjoy growing. If you share your favourite plants with us on Facebook and Twitter, you could win a copy of Brew It Yourself by the Two Thirsty Gardeners, which features 70 home brew recipe ideas using fruit, veg and herbs that can be grown in the garden.

So if you’d like to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic new book, then simply like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and tell us what you enjoy growing in your garden.

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Mike

 

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Yeovil College Kitchen Take Over at The Apple Tree Restaurant in 2015

On Thursday 9 June, catering students from Yeovil College will be taking over The Apple Tree Restaurant from 7pm. The students will be using The Apple Tree Farm Shop, which is packed full of locally sourced produce, as a larder to serve up a two course feast. I’m sure the students will be very grateful to Zoey for letting them loose in her kitchen, to get some hands-on experience in a professional working environment.

Tickets are on sale in The Apple Tree and cost £15 per person.

We wish all the students the very best of luck.

Mike

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On Monday Elle Wilson and Julie Haylock did a practice-run of their literature-inspired garden borders, before they enter them into the Beautiful Border Competition at BBC Gardeners’ World Live in June.

The two border designs will be on display for all to see at Castle Gardens for the rest of the week, before Elle and Julie transport them to Birmingham later this month.

Mike

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