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With Christmas firmly on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about gifts, trees, decorations and food, so here are some important dates to help you plan for the festive period.

 

Christmas trees – from last week of November to 24 December.  

Best quality trees in a range of varieties, with regular fresh deliveries.

 

Deadline for letters to Father Christmas   Sunday 3 December                                                      

Make sure your wish list gets to Father Christmas in plenty of time,  post your letters instore and await your response

 

Extended opening hours – Monday 11 to Friday 15 December    

See our Christmas displays at their twinkly best until 7:00pm.

 

Christmas meat

Order your local Christmas meat by Saturday 16 December and collect in store on Thursday 21 December from 1pm.

 

Mike

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We were delighted to hear about The Hub’s recent success at Yeovil in Bloom, winning Best Kept Community Garden for the second year running. If this wasn’t enough the charity, which provides skills and development opportunities for young people and adults with additional support needs received the RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Award, as well as the Best Youth award.

During the summer holidays, over 40 trainees at the community support charity, as well as young people using the facilities and social group TAG, rolled up their sleeves and transformed the Scrapstore courtyard into a haven for the senses using only recycled furniture and vibrant edible plants.

The Hub, along with all its trainees and volunteers should be incredibly proud of themselves for achieving so much, and I hope this will inspire more young people to get stuck in and transform their local community areas – well done all!

Mike

Sarah Raven

Tomorrow evening Sarah Raven will be talking at Brimsmore Gardens as part of Yeovil Literary Festival. We’re really looking forward to welcoming the award-winning author, gardener, teacher and cook, who will be delving into her years of experience teaching gardening, flower arranging and cookery at her farm in East Sussex to Yeovil, and hope that you all enjoy hearing about her new book, The Cutting Garden.

Mike

A Christmas adventure

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After months in the planning and weeks in the making, we are proud to announce the opening of our multi-award-winning Christmas displays at each of our three centres. Once again, the time has come to meander through endless twinkly lights, sparkly baubles and shiny ornaments, rubbing shoulders with Jon Snow from Game of Thrones and enjoying regimented toy soldiers and graceful ballerinas in the Nutcracker display.

Our displays are now open every day until Christmas, for all to see.

Mike

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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