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The Green Shed, which is based at Castle Gardens, is holding three open days this summer, inviting the local community in to see how it provides hands-on, practical work for adults with learning difficulties and memory problems. Visitors will have a chance to see how The Green Shed’s clients, who attend with appropriate support, make wooden items for sale in the garden centre and tend to the centre’s raised beds.

Running from 1pm – 5pm the free open days will take place on Monday 11 June, Monday 9 July and Monday 6 August. Refreshments will be served and Barry Watts, coordinator of The Green Shed, will also be on hand to explain how members of the local community with learning difficulties or memory problems can join The Green Shed and take part in crafts, recycling initiatives and other hands-on activities.

Mike

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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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With judging now complete, the Wildlife Friendly Gardening Awards Ceremony is nearly upon us, and we get to celebrate Dorset’s most wildlife friendly gardens once again. This year we have seen a record number of entries from wildlife friendly gardeners, who have all created little havens for birds, bugs and mammals right across the county.

Taking place on Wednesday 19 July from 6:30pm, the Awards Ceremony will not only be a celebration of gardeners doing their bit to invite wildlife into the garden, but we are also lucky to be joined by Kate Bradbury, who will give a fascinating talk on what the natural world has to offer.  There will be plenty of gardening goings on throughout the evening, with a chance to win some great prizes in a charity raffle.

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 from Briony Baxter on 01305 264620 or at BBaxter@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Mike

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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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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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As we gear up for this evening’s award-winning Flower Show Forum at Castle Gardens, we have had some great news from Radipole and Southill Horticultural Society, which has seen a 40% rise in Flower Show entries since we all met last year. As well as sharing this wonderful news, the organisers sent in pictures of these beautiful ‘Pink Pride’ narcissi, which we donated for the members to grow for their spring show.

 

We really hope to hear more positive stories from gardening clubs and horticultural societies this summer.

 

Mike

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Back by popular demand, Ian Parsons, former Vice Chairman of the British Orchid Council and President of the South West Orchid Society, will return to all three of our garden centres this March with more advice and tips about caring for orchids. As well as holding a clinic from 10am – 4pm, Ian will also be giving two free 40 minute talks at 11am and 2pm on maintaining orchid health, encouraging repeat flowering as well as the tricky business re potting.

 

Orchid Days

Poundbury Gardens – Saturday 4 March

Brimsmore Gardens – Saturday 11 March

Castle Gardens – Saturday 18 March

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