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Despite the summer’s erratic weather, Nigel Young a regular customer of ours, enjoyed a glut of produce this year, with a particularly successful mini cucumber crop. Over the summer, Nigel kept count of his Hana F1 mini cucumbers, which he bought from us after missing out on his usual Tiny Tot variety, and recorded a whopping 422 cucumbers. The early cropper had a slow start in June but by the end of July he was already up to 220 fruits and the success didn’t stop there, in August it shot up to 409 before its final harvest in September.

Success stories like these put a huge smile on our face, so please do share them with us in store or online.

Mike

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Huge congratulations to my good friend Rich Holder and his cycling partner Bill Beaumont, who completed 45-mile tandem ride and raised £7,000 for the MS Society. Poundbury Gardens marked the half way point, and all of the cyclists had a well earnt refuel in The Engine Room before cycling back to Sherborne.

Here are some images from the day, and you may even spot me on my bike too!

Mike

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Recognised for their efforts to make a difference within the industry, our plant team at Castle Gardens was presented with the Silver award in The Greatest Plant Retailing Team category at Garden Trade News’ Greatest Awards, which was held at Glee.

This is another proud moment for The Gardens Group as our teams at all three centres work incredibly hard to make gardening more accessible for all, so it’s wonderful to receive such recognition.

Well done team, keep up the great work!

Mike

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Richard Holder (left) and Bill Beaumont (right).

This Sunday, we’ll all be cheering on my good friend Richard Holder, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) three years ago, and his cycling partner Bill Beaumont as they embark on a 45-mile tandem ride for MS Society. Once we’ve waved them and the other 50 cyclists off from the Terrace Playing Fields in Sherborne, we’ll head to Poundbury Gardens where they’ll be stopping for some lunch at The Engine Room.

This huge feat comes as no surprise to me, Rich has always challenged himself, having been a fine rugby player and recently taking up wheelchair rugby, and I know he’s been training incredibly hard for this – a true inspiration!

Good luck to all cyclists taking part on Sunday, and we look forward to welcoming you!

Mike

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A haul of boxes containing thousands of baubles and Christmas ornaments are currently being delivered across all three centres in preparation for our much-anticipated and award-winning Christmas displays. With decorating ready to commence in the next couple of weeks, it won’t be long until gardeners of all ages will feel the Christmas spirit as they wander through the meandering displays, twinkling lights and feast on festive food and drink.

October will also see The Apple Tree Farm Shop host a traditional German-inspired market, which will be filled with festive food and drink supplied by local producers including Lyme Bay Winery, Perry’s Cider, Bramley and Gage, Tom’s Pies, Hotch Potch and The Bay Tree.

Christmas display open evenings:

Poundbury Gardens, Dorchester – Wednesday 4 October from 7:30pm

Brimsmore Gardens, Yeovil – Wednesday 11 October from 7:30pm

Castle Gardens, Sherborne – Thursday 19 October from 7:30pm

Mike

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If you’re looking for some cheese board inspiration, or fancy trying some new chutney and cracker combinations then this is an event not to be missed. The Apple Tree Farm Shop’s manager, Kate will host a Cheese Board Discovery on Thursday 21 September from 11am – 12pm. Tasting local award-winning cheeses, chutneys, crackers and wine is very much encouraged while Kate delves a little deeper into the making process and flavour profiles.

Tickets are £5 per person and can be purchased in The Apple Tree Restaurant by calling 01935 403158 or emailing atteam@thegardensgroup.co.uk.

Mike

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Autumn is coming!

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As the most traditional planting season, autumn is a busy time in the garden with a beautiful array of plants to get established before the winter chill truly sets in. Most autumn gardening is about planning for the year ahead, and thanks to a good summer, the soil will still be warm and usually moist, perfect for giving plants the chance to grow roots, which should see them through winter and right up to spring.

This month will see a wide range of ornamental and fruit trees available as well as bush fruit, such as Black, White and Redcurrants, Gooseberries, Raspberries and Figs.

Mid-autumn will see a wonderful selection of Roses available, as their quality tends to be better late October compared to any other time of year. They might look like a thorny collection of twigs when you buy them, but be patient, soon the garden will be bursting with leaves, flowers and roots.

So, don’t let the cooler weather put you off, get out into the garden now so you can reap the rewards next spring.

Mike

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