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During the World Bee Day celebrations at Castle Gardens on Sunday 20 May, a swarm of honeybees flew into the garden centre. This caused quite a buzz among the many bee enthusiasts in attendance, who were thrilled by their timely arrival. Having become particularly taken with an upside-down pot, the honeybees were given a new home at Castle Gardens, which they quickly settled into. With four beekeepers in the team and two more currently learning, we are sure that these honeybees will feel at home at with us.

Mike

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Mid-May roundup

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As mid-May approaches we’re welcoming longer days, and more than occasional sunny spells. As you can imagine, this is a busy time across our garden centres, and we’ve got lots going on that we want to tell you about.

Watch Your Back is a sun protection resource for gardeners created by the Melanoma Fund. It’s so easy to get absorbed in the gardening and forget all about sunscreen, but we mustn’t overlook the long-term impact this has on our skin. All three of our centres will continue to support the campaign which runs throughout the whole of May, helping to keep the topic on everybody’s mind.

In honour of the Royal wedding, The Apple Tree Restaurant is holding a party. As well as a best dressed contest (£2 entry) in aid of Yeovil Hospital, there will be a free glass of bubbly with every main meal (for over 18s) and a themed specials menu. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.

World Bee Day is a global initiative, creating a buzz to raise awareness of the importance of protecting bees, a topic that is very close to our hearts. In honour of the occasion, which takes place on Sunday 20 May, Poundbury Gardens will be holding a series of events culminating in a talk by the Dorchester and Weymouth Beekeepers’ Association at 2pm. The event is suitable for bee-curious gardeners of all ages.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Mike

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An opportunity to discover the exquisitely planted gardens of Limington Village, Limington Garden Festival, which is organised by The Friends of St Mary’s, returns this month with three new gardens, which have never been opened to the public before. The six gardens on show range from an ornamental cottage garden, to an organic country vegetable plot, and there will even be some free samples of homemade cider along the way, for those hardy garden explorers.

The festival will run between 2pm and 5pm on Sunday 27 May. Tickets cost £5 and are available on the day from any of the participating gardens.

Mike

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The Apple Tree Farm Shop is now selling a delicious assortment of sponges and slices, which have been made by The Apple Tree Restaurant team. Championing local producers, makers and growers, these new home-made cakes can now be enjoyed at home with friends and family.

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