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Lesley Waters, TV chef and owner of Lesley Waters Cookery School in Halstock, is bringing two pop-up cookery demonstrations to Poundbury Gardens on Thursday 18 October. Taking inspiration from local and seasonal produce, Lesley will cook three delicious courses packed with warming autumnal flavours, which seasoned cooks and beginners alike will be able to taste and try at home with the recipes provided.

The pop-up cookery demos will take place at the event space on the first floor of the garden centre, from 10:00am – 12:00pm and then 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Tickets cost £35 per person and are available online at www.lesleywaters.com



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This Saturday local canine photographer, Steve Elliott will be offering free studio sessions as Castle Gardens from 10am – 3pm.

No booking required, simply bring your four-legged friend into the garden centre for a professional portrait.



Damers Garden planting

Our very own Cultivation Street Ambassador, Lisa Bond has been sharing her gardening knowledge with the pupils and teachers at Damers First School in Poundbury to create a wildlife friendly school garden, which also supplies fresh produce for the school’s food technology classes. Earlier this month it was announced that Damers First School had been awarded second place in the School Garden category at this year’s Cultivation Street Competition, receiving £1,500 and 100 Calliope geraniums from the scheme, which recognises community garden projects across the UK.


Created by the pupils, teachers and volunteers from the local community, who used seed, plant and compost donations from Poundbury Gardens, the garden was created in one year and features a wildflower meadow, wildlife hideouts and a greenhouse made out of recycled plastic bottles. Gardening is a very rewarding activity, both for the environment and our own wellbeing, and gaining recognition from such high profile judges, such as celebrity gardener, David Domoney, Jeryl Stone, Chair of the WI, and Simon Sadinsky from The Prince’s Foundation, gives us a great opportunity to help spread the word and inspire as many people as possible to get growing, whether at home or in shared community spaces.



Autumn gardening

With the soil still warm and moist, autumn is the perfect and traditional time for planting, giving plants an opportunity to establish before winter. From ornamental and fruit trees and large specimen plants to bedding plants and spring flowering bulbs, we’ve got a huge selection in store right now to keep colour and interest right the way through those darker months.


It is also a good idea to give your lawn a little love before the cold weather sets in, and we recommend the following steps, so you can reap the rewards come spring:
– Feed and moss kill
– Rake up and discard of any debris
– Top dress and over sow with grass seed





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While speculation builds about this year’s themes, which are kept under wraps right up until the big reveal, Louise Burks, director of The Gardens Group, and her team are currently hanging baubles, labelling ornaments, painting festive scenes and building partition walls ready for gardeners of all ages to explore the magical wonderlands at each centre.

Christmas display open evenings:

Poundbury Gardens, Dorchester – Wednesday 3 October at 7:30pm

Brimsmore Gardens, Yeovil – Wednesday 10 October at 7:30pm

Castle Gardens, Sherborne – Thursday 18 October at 7:30pm


Summer holiday finale

Hound of the Baskervilles

Although the holidays are slowly coming to a close, we still have a few more summer events left up our sleeves to keep the children (and the grown-ups) entertained, right to the end.

Illyria will return to Castle Gardens for the last time this year on Wednesday 30 August with an open-air performance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson’s most baffling case, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Poundbury Gardens will host a brand new Pot Painting week from Monday 27 August to Sunday 2 September where budding gardeners can paint their very own pot to take home, but what will they choose to grow in their masterpiece?


Free autumn talks

From weed worries and wildflower wonders to ornamental grass growing and autumn planting ideas, our line up of free talks will get you ready for autumn in the garden.

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