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This morning we were given the wonderful news that Plankbridge received a four-star award for its wildlife friendly tradestand exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The beautiful Victorian-inspired shepherd’s hut, which was lovingly built in Piddlehinton, is surrounded with some of the season’s best pollinator-friendly plants, including Foxgloves, Bugloss and Primula beesiana, which Nicky and the team have been carefully nurturing in the polytunnels at Castle Gardens.

Wildlife friendly gardening is something that we love to champion and encourage gardeners of all ages to embrace, so we jumped at the chance to help Plankbridge create this wildlife friendly space alongside the Dorset Wildlife Trust Forest School, who built two bug hotels for the exhibit. We wish Richard and Jane all the best for the rest of the week and hope that their efforts will inspire visitors to think about wildlife when they are planning their gardens.

The Plankbridge Wildlife Watch shepherd’s hut will be on display at Tradestand AR586 from Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 May 2017.

Mike

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At the beginning of spring, I planted a variety of potted plants to document the progress and demonstrate just how easy they are to grow. Just one month ago, the bulbs were only just beginning to sprout shoots but they’re now blooming. Although due to the late frosts, they’re still inside but they should hopefully be ready to go out next week. Unlike the bulbs, the mixed pots are flourishing outside and have developed bright coloured flowers. All pots are growing nicely in time for summer and with the weather improving, they will only get better and more striking.

Mike

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Kate Bradbury

Photo credit: Gardeners’ World/Paul Debois 

It’s almost that time of year again, on Wednesday 19 July Dorset’s most wildlife friendly gardens will be celebrated at the Dorset Wildlife Trust Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition Awards Ceremony, being held at Castle Gardens from 6:30pm. As well as championing the best gardens in each category throughout the county, we are very lucky to have guest speaker Kate Bradbury, RHS qualified gardener, author and journalist. Kate will give a captivating talk on making the most out of what the natural world has to offer, as well as a revealing the do’s and don’ts of organic gardening, the best natural methods for pest control and advice on wildlife friendly planting.

There will be light refreshments in The Walled Garden from 6:30pm before the awards are announced from 7pm. Tickets are £5 each and are available at all of our garden centres and from Briony Baxter on 01305 264620 or at BBaxter@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Mike

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We were delighted to receive pictures from community support charity, The Hub this week, with an update on how the Hub trainees are getting on with their entry into this year’s Yeovil in Bloom.

As part of our 25th anniversary at Brimsmore Gardens, The Hub, which helps train vulnerable adults with learning difficulties to achieve paid employment, received £100 worth of gardening vouchers to help them create their Recycled Garden.

We look forward to seeing how the garden, which has a variety of edible and sensory plants for use at Courtyard Café, flourishes over the coming weeks and wish them all the best for Yeovil in Bloom.

Mike

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As well as gearing up for their 100ft abseil down the side of Yeovil Hospital, the team at Brimsmore Gardens are also holding a silent bid to raise money for improvements to the Yeovil Hospital Cancer Ward. Customers can either place their bids for this three-tier plant container at the tills of Brimsmore Gardens or can call  01935 411000. The highest bidder will be notified after the abseil on Sunday 21 May.

 

Mike

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Last week the Western Gazette announced its 2017 Business Awards finalists and we’re delighted to have been shortlisted in two categories. Our very own Declan Tredrea from Castle Gardens could follow in Brian King’s footsteps and pick up Employee of the Year, while the whole Castle Gardens team is in the running for the Community Champion trophy.

 

This is yet another proud moment for the team as we celebrate our 30th year, and we hope to have more good news after Thursday 15 June.

 

Mike

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